Choose File > Save As.
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You can use the Save commands in Photoshop to save changes to your documents based on the format you want to use or the way you want to access them later.
To save a file in Photoshop, go to the File menu and select any of the Save commands — Save, Save As, or Save a Copy. On selecting a save command, you can choose to either — Save to Creative Cloud or Save on your computer.
Watch this video to quickly learn more about the saving options in Photoshop. Read the article for more step-by-step details.
To save changes to your document and save in the current format, choose File > Save.
To save a file with a different name,location, or format, do the following:
Choose File > Save As.
Choose a format from the Format menu.
Click Save. A dialog box appears for choosing options when saving in some image formats.
To copy an image without saving it to your hard disk, use the Duplicate command. To store a temporary version of the image in memory, use the History panel to create a snapshot.
With the December 2022 release of Photoshop 24.1, the default is to save your files locally on your computer instead of saving to the Creative Cloud.
You can set the Default File Location as On your computer to see the local path while creating the new documents from any of the below locations:
If you wanted to save your documents as cloud documents, select Creative Cloud as the default file location.
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With Photoshop 22.4.2, you can both revert to the legacy Save As workflow and/or omit the addended “copy” when saving as a copy if desired.
To find these new preference options, navigate to:
macOS and Windows: The Do not append ‘copy’ to filename when saving a copy preference controls whether “copy” is appended to the filename of your Photoshop document in situations where the user is exposed to the risk of overwriting files. By selecting this preference, the term "copy" will no longer be automatically appended to file names when you save as a copy, both in the new Save a Copy and the legacy Save As (macOS and Windows) options.
Additionally, when you turn on this preference, you will see alert dialogs to warn you of the potential risk of overwriting your Photoshop file in absence of "copy" in the filename on both macOS and Windows.
If you’d like to save a layered file as a flat file, you’ll need to create a new version of the document. Also, if you don't see a desired format like JPEG or PNG, use Save a Copy option for all formats and create a preserved version of your document.
To do so, choose:
You can set a variety of file saving options under the Save As and Save a Copy dialog box. The availability of options depends on the file you are saving and the selected file format.
Saves alpha channel information with the image. Disabling this option removes the alpha channels from the saved image.
Preserves all layers in the image. If this option is disabled or unavailable, all visible layers are flattened or merged (depending on the selected format).
Saves notes with the image.
Saves spot channel information with the image. Disabling this option removes spot colors from the saved image.
Use Proof Setup, ICC Profile (Windows), or Embed Color Profile (Mac OS)
Creates a color-managed document.
The following image preview and file extension options are available only if Ask When Saving is selected for the Image Previews and Append File Extension (Mac OS) options in the File Handling Preferences dialog box.
Saves thumbnail data for the file.
Use Lower Case Extension (Windows)
Makes the file extension lowercase.
Image Previews options (Mac OS)
Saves thumbnail data for the file. Thumbnails appear in the Open dialog box.
File Extension options (Mac OS)
Specifies the format for file extensions. Select Append to add the format’s extension to a filename and Use Lower Case to make the extension lowercase.
As of the 2015 release of Photoshop CC, the File > Save For Web option has been moved to File > Export > Save For Web (Legacy) alongside newer export options. To learn about these new export options, see Export artboards, layers, and more.
(Windows) Choose Edit > Preferences > File Handling.
(macOS) Choose Photoshop > Preferences > File Handling.
Choose an option for saving image previews: Never Save to save files without previews, Always Save to save files with specified previews, or Ask When Saving to assign previews on a file-by-file basis. In Mac OS, you can select one or more preview types. (See Mac OS image preview options.)
File Extension (Windows)
Choose an option for the three-character file extensions that indicate a file’s format: Use Upper Case to append file extensions using uppercase characters, or Use Lower Case to append file extensions using lowercase characters.
Append File Extension (Mac OS)
File extensions are necessary for files that you want to use on or transfer to a Windows system. Choose an option for appending extensions to filenames: Never to save files without file extensions, Always to append file extensions to filenames, or Ask When Saving to append file extensions on a file-by-file basis. Select Use Lower Case to append file extensions using lowercase characters.
Save As to Original Folder
When saving, defaults to the folder images originated from. Deselect this option to instead default to the folder you last saved in.
Save in Background
Background saving lets you keep working in Photoshop after you choose a Save command. You don’t have to wait for Photoshop to finish saving the file.
Automatically Save Recovery Information
Photoshop automatically stores crash-recovery information at the interval that you specify. If you experience a crash, Photoshop recovers your work when you restart it.
In macOS, you can select one or more of the following preview types (to speed the saving of files and minimize file size, select only the previews you need).
Uses the preview as a file icon on the desktop.
Saves a 72‑ppi version of the file for use in applications that can open only low-resolution Photoshop images. For non‑EPS files, this is a PICT preview.
Displays the preview in the Open dialog box.
Saves a preview that Windows systems can display.
Photoshop supports documents up to 300,000 pixels in either dimension and offers three file formats for saving documents with images having more than 30,000 pixels in either dimension. Keep in mind that most other applications, including versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS, cannot handle files larger than 2 GB or images exceeding 30,000 pixels in either dimension.
Large Document Format (PSB)
Supports documents of any file size. All Photoshop features are preserved in PSB files (though some plug-in filters are unavailable if documents exceed 30,000 pixels in width or height). Currently, PSB files are supported only by Photoshop CS and later.
Supports documents of any pixel dimension or file size, but does not support layers. Large documents saved in the Photoshop Raw format are flattened.
Supports files up to 4 GB in size. Documents larger than 4 GB cannot be saved in TIFF format.
You can export and save layers as individual files using a variety of formats, including PSD, BMP, JPEG, PDF, Targa, and TIFF. Layers are named automatically as they are saved. You can set options to control the generation of names.
Choose File > Export > Export Layers To Files.