4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 6, 2012 8:07 AM by conroy

    Missing Preview Icons


      Whenever I save a file in Photoshop CS6, no preview icon is created.  I am still also using PS CS5 and don't have this problem.  I am running Mac OS 10.8

        • 1. Re: Missing Preview Icons
          c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

          What are your Photoshop > Preferences > File Handling settings?

          What previews are you talking about axactly?

          • 2. Re: Missing Preview Icons
            enigma51564 Level 1

            The Preferences/File Handling settings are as follows:


            1.  Always Save

            2.  Icon

            3.  Window Thumbnail.


            Same settings as I use in CS5.  For some strange reason, I only get file names with no thumbnail icons in CS6.

            • 3. Re: Missing Preview Icons
              c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

              A screenshot would seem to be so much easier and not as incomplete …

              • 4. Re: Missing Preview Icons
                conroy Level 5

                See this thread about the non-displayed icons on OS X problem:  http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1008694?tstart=30


                I did some poking around and found that the icons attached to Ps CS6-saved files are unlike the icons attached to Ps CS5.1-saved files and files saved by other applications. This CS6-type icon is counter to recommendation in Apple's software development guidelines.


                A change was made by Adobe software engineers which results in different icons to those on CS5.1-saved files. You'll see that an attempt has been made to blame Apple for the icons not being displayed sometimes on some users' systems. However, if correctly-generated guideline-compliant icons are used then they will be displayed, as far as I know, since only Ps CS6 amongst thousands of apps seems to affect anyone. I think an update to Ps CS6 will see good icons being attached in future.


                In the linked thread, some users seem to have found a solution (perhaps only temporary, but I don't know).


                An alternative suggestion I can make is replacing the poor icons with good ones.


                The impractical laborious method:

                1. Using Photoshop, open the file that has a problem icon

                2. Select all

                3. Copy Merged, or Copy if Background is only layer (so the clipboard contains a composite)

                4. Close file

                5. Open Finder's Get Info window for the file

                6. Click the thumbnail at top-left of Get Info window (thumbnail border should highlight)

                7. Paste (OS X will generate and attach a good icon)

                8. Close Get Info window


                That may be Applescript-able for a batch process.


                I have a command line utility that can replace icons, and a batch process could be scripted, but icons are being displayed correctly on my OS X 10.6.8 Mac so I haven't bothered to do that.


                Regardless of how you change an icon, if the file is resaved by Ps CS6, a poor icon will be attached again.