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How to stop adding " copy" to file names?

Feb 6, 2012 1:55 PM

Tags: #file #photoshop #cs5 #annoying #save #not #filename #stop #add #copy #do #psd #name #jpg #as #"save #as" #quit #" #handling #don't #copy"

First off, I don't mind the save as a copy feature. If I have a psd file with layers and smart objects and such, and I Save As > JPG, I don't want the jpg open, I want the psd open. I like how PS does that behavior, but I don't like how that jpg gets " copy" added to it's file name. Yes it's easy to remove, but I'm using a batch action on over 300 pictures, I don't feel like renaming 300 jpg's. Yes it's supposed to be a safety net, but I basically never work from jpg's as original's, and if for some reason I do, I set them as read only and copy the files off to a safe location, so I don't need it.

 

I know it's possible because my old school's computers with photoshop CS5 never saved jpg's with copy in the file name. So, how do I stop PS CS5 from adding copy to my file names? Because I need photoshop to not add copy to my file names on my work computer (and it's my old school, can't use their computers or ask someone why it's like that).

 
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  • JJMack
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    Feb 6, 2012 2:14 PM   in reply to jacquilynw

    Starting with Photoshop CS scripting has been a standard feature and a script named Image Processor has shiped with Photoshop. With each release of Photoshop since CS scripting support has been enhanced as has the Image Processor Script.  There are also better Image processor scripts that can be downloaded.  With CS5 you can even download one that is a Plug-in from Russell Browns web site it name is Image Processor Pro and after it is inatslled you will find it under menu File>Automate>Image Processor Pro and you will find the Image Processor script under menu File>Scripts>Image Processor.  Script can name saved files better than Action,  These Image Processing scripts can save and resize your images they can include actions you make during their processing.  Your action are easier to make for you they do not have to include any resizing naming and the actions do not require any save steps.  The Image Processor Pro script has more features then the standard  Image Processor script. Any Image Processor script can be used to do what you want to do.

     
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    Feb 6, 2012 2:15 PM   in reply to jacquilynw

    Are you using the batch process in Image Processor?

     

    Don't think that adds copy, although some processes do.

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Feb 6, 2012 3:15 PM   in reply to jacquilynw

    I would hate it if I had to carve off "copy" every time.

     

    Funny thing...  I do File - Save As and choose JPEG all the time.  I never see it add "copy" to the filename.  NEVER.  I never thought about this until I went to reproduce this problem for jacquilynw above...

     

    What have I done to please the Photoshop gods?  I don't recall any checkbox that told the system to avoid putting "copy" in the filename.  Could it be because I have the operating system set up to show me file extensions?  Don't get me wrong, I don't want to change it to the behavior jacquilynw is seeing, but it would be nice to be able to tell her how to avert "copy" in the name!

     

    -Noel

     
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    Feb 6, 2012 3:21 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    In the first screen of "save as" there is a box in options "save as a copy".

     
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    Feb 6, 2012 4:12 PM   in reply to Curt Y

    That normally comes on (and is grayed out), the way I work - e.g., on 16 bits/channel master files and with multiple layers.

     

    But no "copy" shows up in the name...

     

    AsACopyOn.jpg

     

    -Noel

     
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    Feb 6, 2012 5:50 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    In PS clicked "save as" and I get this screen.  CS5.

     

    I see your "as copy" is grayed out.

     

    copy to.JPG

     
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    Feb 6, 2012 8:53 PM   in reply to jacquilynw
     
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    Feb 7, 2012 4:52 AM   in reply to jacquilynw

    if you open the image.jpg in ps, and you try save a jpg copy with the same name it will add "copy" to the file name. This is because PS is working with the original JPG and saving as (with as a copy) effectivley creates a new file saves and closes it... it needs the original open.

     

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    Feb 7, 2012 5:23 AM   in reply to jacquilynw

    Seems to me that she's said she's opening PSDs with things that can't be stored in JPEGs, and when she goes to save them they have the word "copy" added to the filename.

     

    jacquilynw wrote:

     


    If I have a psd file with layers and smart objects and such, and I Save As > JPG ... but I don't like how that jpg gets " copy" added to it's file name.
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    I basically never work from jpg's as original's

     

    Jacquilynw, just for clarity:

     

    1.  You are NOT actually clicking the [  ] As a Copy checkbox manually, right?

     

    2.  Are you seeing "copy" added to the filename when you open a PSD with things that can't be saved in a JPEG then just do File - Save As - JPEG?

     

    3.  On that system, do you have Windows Explorer Folder Options set so that you see the file extensions all the time (e.g., .jpg, .psd, etc.)?

     

    As I have said, I do NOT see "copy" in this condition, when I File - Save As - JPEG on my PC workstation running Windows 7 x64.  Clearly Photoshop is sensitive to something on the system that's averting this behavior, though I do not know specifically what.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Feb 7, 2012 7:10 AM   in reply to jacquilynw

    how are you automating this exactly...

     

    G

     
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    Feb 7, 2012 7:23 AM   in reply to jacquilynw

    Thanks for the additional info... 

     

    A PC workstation is just a powerful PC, purpose built for professional work.

     

    Just to be perfectly clear, do I understand correctly that it's when you're using an action to do your File - Save As that you're seeing the "copy" added?

     

    I just recorded an action to do the same.  While I never see "copy" added during an interactive Save As, I definitely DO see "copy" added when it is done from within an action.

     

    I don't know of any way that this behavior can be changed, but we can hope perhaps to hear from Chris Cox, who knows the Photoshop internals.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Feb 7, 2012 7:54 AM   in reply to jacquilynw

    Think I found it at this site

     

    Here is summary

     

    Anyway, I eventually found it nestled in the Layers Panel drop down menu. Maybe CS6 will manage to consolidate all the programs options into one central located, we can only hope :smile:

    The Solution (CS5)

    1. Click on the dropdown menu Photoshop CS5 Layers Panel Menu Icon to the right of the Layers Panel
    2. Select Panel Options near the bottom and you’ll get the “Layers Panel Options” window up (see right)
    3. Look at the bottom of the “Layers Panel Options” window to see where Adobe have hidden this little treasure
    4. Titled “Add ‘copy’ to Copied Layers and Groups” the new checkbox will default to ticked, simply untick it to enable one of the most powerful changes in Photoshop CS5 :cool:
     
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    Feb 7, 2012 7:58 AM   in reply to Curt Y

    thats just got to do with copying/duplicating of layers... not file names.

     

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    Feb 7, 2012 8:17 AM   in reply to Grant H

    Grant H wrote:

     

    thats just got to do with copying/duplicating of layers... not file names.

     

    Grant's right; I just changed that setting and tested the action again.  No difference - "copy" is still added.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Feb 7, 2012 8:27 AM   in reply to jacquilynw

    jacquilynw wrote:

     

    JJMack:

    I don't know anything about PS scripting, I've never tried to use it, what I need can be done via actions, and I don't have a week to stop and learn a new langauge.

    Like you don't need to be a programmer to use Photoshop you do not need to program a script to use a script. Photoshop ships with some scripts and some of photoshop functions are implmented using Photoshop scripts. Photoshop Plug-in Fit Image, Function like Photomerge, lens correction,  Some of the scripts the ship with photoshop are: Image Processor, Load Files into Stack, Export Layers To Files and others. You can also dowload script to use from the web for exampl Image Processor Pro.

     

    Actions have some limitations and sometims Photoshop behavior may not be what one expects.  The Batch processor  (menu File>Automate>Batch) has a dialog that can batch an action and can override some step in an action like save as.  Photoshop has a huge learning curve. You can accomplish some things using many different methods with Photoshop.   Using features like Batch and Image Process can allow you to create simpler actions without having any save step in the action. Batch can overwrite source image files where the Image Processor will not for it is programed to save new image file and leave the original source images files or documents alone. The Image processor can process open documents, image files selected in the bridge or a source image folder or source image tree. All Photoshop supported image file types in a source folder or tree will be process other files will be skiped some like sidecar files may be used if their assocated raw file is in the source folder or sub folder.

     
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    Jul 12, 2012 11:49 AM   in reply to jacquilynw

    I used "Save for web and devices" instead of "Save As" while creating my action and that worked pretty well. None of my files have that annoying "Copy" added into the file name and they are all saved as JPEGs .

     
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    Nov 21, 2012 6:31 PM   in reply to jacquilynw

    This works but a bit messy.

     

    >Select all

    >Copy all layer

    >New window (New file window)

    >Paste

    >Save as

    >Select file name and save

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 5:38 AM   in reply to jacquilynw

    ikumajap's response made me realize the reason the "save as copy" is greyed out is because it has layers. So all you have to do is add a "flatten image" action first, then a new "save as jpg" that does not include the copy. I tried adding flatten to my old action but it still added "copy" so you do have to make a new save action. This, of course, will not alter your original file as long as you don't add a plain old save in there first.

     

     

     

     

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    Jun 13, 2013 8:40 PM   in reply to jacquilynw

    Hey everyone, I found a solution for this, You just have to choose "Save for web and Devices" instead of "Save As" ..then select,JPEG ( or whatever the file extension you need) and then hit save. And the file name will not be changed, so please remember to give a new location while recording the action.

     
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    Oct 18, 2013 2:11 PM   in reply to RubyAbey

    Doing that Ruby will remove the path if you need it in the JPG

     
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