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Brian, when the Save As dialog window opens, there is a box called "As A Copy". Is that box unchecked?
If the file to be saved has > 1 layers, try flattening it before saving to the alt. format. That works in almost all situations.
The appended 'copy' also occurs if the subject file contains one or more alpha channels. AFAIK a scripting solution is needed here unless _all_ images have the same alpha channels.
There is a script called deleteChannels that removes Alpha Channels.
I think it is on the Adobe Exchange, but if you can't find it, e-mail me and I'll send it to you (I'm not hard to find).
No, and I can't uncheck it as it greys out as soon as I switch to the .tga format.
No, not to my knowledge. The behavior is "as designed" I would guess you could suppress the naming using a script. Would be something simple like killing the last five characters using .substr(-5) somewhere in the script based on the original name, but since I'm more of an After Effects guy, I never really have looked into scripting in PS and have no clue about the wrapper code required. Should not exceed more than 40 lines of code, though, and someone versed in the language and Photoshop might throw this together in 5 minutes...
Thanks for all the great info and op/eds. As far as I can tell from ya'll and the Adobe support folks, this particular feature is hard written into the program code and I simply don't feel like venturing into their codes to repair what, to me, is a minor irritant.
Actually, it's designed to protect you... or rather protect the original. The save as copy or the 'copy' suffix appears only when you're trying to save a file in a format that doesn't support all the attributes of the original... such as various modes, multi-layers, alpha channels, etc.
I guess it's Photoshop's way of warning you that this file format will lose information that the original .psd format can retain, so beware and also save the original.
What i do is simply delete the copy bit and it works fine.
In your 'save' action:
- flatten the image into a single layer
- save the document into the required format
- undo the flatten command (if you want to continue working on the unflattened document)