It sounds more like a permissions issue than a Photoshop one. Ae you saving to a local hard drive or a network? Check the properties for the save location and make sure they are not set to read only.
BTW I have had global permissions for and entire drive set to read only after moving it to a new system.
Thanks for responding. I assumed it was a permissions issue too, but why is it only when I save in photoshop? Not in illustrator? I am just trying to save to my desktop.
Do you mind telling me how to check the properties of my save location (in this case my desktop)? I would really appreciate it!
Jill, if Windows then: C:\Users\your_user_name\ and right click desktop, but you can rightclick individual files of course.
Seems like the is a Windows 7 issue:
Since you mentioned Finder I assume you are on a Mac.
Have you tried to repair disk permissons? Believe that is a mac thing.
Here is a lnk on how to change permission in a Mac. http://support.apple.com/kb/TA20907
Hope I read you correctly.
I am sorry, I am using the newest version of Mac and using Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3
I have checked the permissions via the Get Info in the finder folder and still have the problem. This is so bizarre to me. So frustrating. Doesn't it seem strange that it is only a problem when saving in PS and not Illustrator? If it were a general permissions issue, wouldn't both programs be giving me a problem?
Thanks so much for helping me!
Have you tried saving the same file to the same folder for both programs?
I have, In general, I use Illustrator to create the file. Save it to either the desktop or a new folder. Then I go into PS to edit and crop etc... But what is happening is when I go to save my edits to either the desktop or folder from PS, that message comes up saying I can't.
I have tried changing the name, changing the save to, I have tried just hitting 'save' instead of 'save as'. Nothing worked.
And this is the same with all formats?
If 16 bit can't save to jpeg.
I have tried saving in Jpg, jpg2000, PS, PSpdf, etc... same story.
At a loss. Perhaps some one else has a new idea.
Did you get your CS5 from Adobe or other source?
I really appreciate all the time you have given me with this. It's been incredibly frustrating for me, as you can imagine.
I purchased CS5 directly through Adobe.
Have you used Disk Utility to repair permissions on the drive Photoshop installed to?
Yep. I installed it onto my desktop and I have tried repairing that. Two or three times now probably. The program is completley unusable to me because of the fact I can't save anything I create.
I'm surprised no one has suggested clearing your Photoshop preferences thus far.
Quit Photoshop, then press Command + Option + Shift on cold-starting Photoshop. Get the keys down quickly enough and you'll be asked to confirm deletion of your current preferences.
Also, if you're having file format problems, ensure you haven't somehow tied in plug-ins provided by Adobe for a different (e.g., older) version of Photoshop.
You are my HEROOOOO!!!!! Thank you SO much. Two months I've had this problem... and now it seems to be gone.
Thank you thank you thank you,
You're welcome. I'm just sorry I didn't see your thread sooner.
Guess we took you at your word.
From your original post "I have tried Uninstalling and reinstalling after resetting permissions"
"Permissions" is not equal to "Preferences".
I read that twice before realizing it and posting my suggestion.
Did this problem get resolved JillBT as I have encountered exactly the same on my MacBook Pro OS X 10.7.5. CS5 photoshop only. I have just migrated from MBPro to imac running mountain lion - CS5 works fine on that inc Photoshop. MBPro still gets lots of use when I'm out and about so do need it..... Any help very welcomed.
Yes, for me, Noel's suggestion above of retting your PREFERENCES worked magically for me!
Best of luck!
that's most kind of you to get back to me - I did see that note after I'd mailed you and it did indeed work!!
Thank you so much
Very best regards
Dang - that did the TRICK! ....had just upgraded to 10.9.1 Mavericks - maybe that caused it.
I'd been experiencing this myself after a total reinstall of my system and migration of my files and software. I then experienced problems saving, and in some cases opening, all variety of files – not just Photoshop. None of the above worked for me, but then I found the solution and thought I'd share.
The problem wasn't on my main boot-up drive but on other SATA drives that had all my files on. This is what I did:
1. Select Drive
2. "Apple" + "i" keys / File > Get info...
3. Click the padlock in the Sharing & Permissions section at the bottom of the Info window (you will need to input the administrator's password to unlock it)
4. Click the plus sign at the bottom left of the window
5. Select your ID / the user you want to have access
6. Click the Select button
7. When your name appears in the Sharing & Permissions box, click the associated Privileges in the right-hand column (with two up-down little black arrows next to it) and ensure that you select Read & Write.
8. Select your name
9. Click the Cog Wheel & Arrow icon just below this table
10. Select "Apply to enclosed items..." (this ensures that it's not just the disk, but everything contained on the disk that you have the privileges to read and write)
11. Click the padlock.
That's it! All done. Hope this helps someone.