For some reason my Styles Palette lists "most" of my style-sets twice? There is a horizontal rule below my last style listing in the flyout menu before it starts listing them again? Loading a style from either list works. I have done a search on my hard drive and on one file exists for each style .asl file.
I just double-checked. I have 51 Style .asl files in my "Styles" presets folder.
In Photoshop the Styles Palette Flyout lists exactly 51 Styles, then shows a horizontal rule, then lists 49 of the same 51 Presets again?
Also when I do search on my hard drive I only shows one of each file.
Searches can miss things, especially in hidden folders.
What system do you have?
Could you show a screen grab of what you're looking at so we can see it too? Use the little camera icon just above the edit box to upload an image.
I guess you could have the .asl files duplicated in two folders:
/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Presets/Styles
~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Presets/Styles
The first contains presets for all users of the computer, the second is personal property of the current user. If my guess is correct then remove the superfluous .asl files, then when you relaunch Ps, the duplicates won't be listed in the Styles panel menu.
You can get to these folders easily by pressing Shift+Cmd+G in Finder and pasting a path into the Go To Folder dialog then hitting OK.
We have a winner!
That was the problem exactly.
Inside the ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6 path there were two folders:
There was nothing in the "AutoRecover" folder. I trashed the Presets Folder, relaunched Photoshop and now all my styles only appear once in the flyout menu.
However, I noticed that whan I re-launched Photoshop that it instantly created a NEW "Presets" folder in my User Library at the same location? It contains 28 of the 35 Presets folders that I have in my main Presets folder (at the same directory leve as the App). I am assuming that those are the 28 default folders that come with Photoshop CS6? However, there are no actual files inside ANY of the new Presets Sub-Folders it created - it just created a duplicate set of empty folders (like Actions, Brushes, etc.). Is this normal? Why is it there?
Why so hasty to delete the entire "~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Presets/" ?
Are you sure you didn't have any presets such as Brushes or Swatches or Gradients, etc, saved in there? If you did and want to restore them then they should still be in Trash unless you've emptied that.
The folders that have been recreated are supposed to be there and they are the recommended folders for you to save your personal presets.
I actually kept a copy of that folder on my desktop and it contained no presets that were not already in the application folder Presets. I even created a couple personal presets since deleting the Library Presets folder and my new personl presets were saved into the Application Presets folder and nothing was saved to the Library Presets folder.
So I do not know what purpose the Library Presets folder serves? All I can see is that if a Preset shows up in the Library Presets folder AND the Application Presets folder, it shows up twice in the list in Photoshop.
So I do not know what purpose the Library Presets folder serves?
/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Presets
~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/Presets
The first contains presets for all users of the computer and it stores the presets provided by the Photoshop installer package.
The second contains additional presets of the current user and will be listed in the presets menus only when that user is logged in.
That would make logical sense, but I am the only user on my computer and the only one that ever logs in and now when I save a custom preset (as of today) it places the file in the Application Presets folders - nothing in the Library Presets folders for me?
So as far as I can tell my Library Presets folders it created will just stay unused.
Presets will be saved wherever you direct Photoshop to save them. You are able to navigate through the folders structure in the Save dialog. Maybe Mountain Lion is hiding your Library, though. You can do Shift+Cmd+G (Go To Folder) in a Save dialog. I would enable visibility of the user Library - easy instructions can be found by Google.
I just checked my laptop where I had installed Photoshop CS6, but have never used it on my laptop. It has a Presets folder inside the Application folder filled with all the default Presets and Preset Folders as expected. The Library Application Support folder also has a Presets folder (I am assuming Photoshop CS6 created the first time I launched it, but don't know why); and again all the Preset sub-folders are empty (just like on my main computer now). So, I don't understand why it is creating this second Presets folder in the Library - it is not even a back-up apparently. Furthermore, I have Time Machine as a back-up source. If I wanted to create a Presets folder in a second location I could do that manually?