How can I make Photoshop automatically save the image as PNG in the background whenever I make any changes in Photoshop (brush strokes etc.)?

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  • Are you trying to create an animation?
    – AndrewH
    Jul 8, 2020 at 16:18
  • @SergeyKritskiy I want to save after every action (brush stroke etc.) automatically, without pressing Ctrl+S or anything
    – root
    Jul 8, 2020 at 17:24
  • @AndrewH No, I want another program to be aware of what I'm doing in Photoshop and always have the newest version of the image. I can make that other program track file changes.
    – root
    Jul 8, 2020 at 17:26
  • @root have you tried Image Assets? It does exactly what you're saying. Jul 8, 2020 at 17:36

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What you're looking for is a Generate Image Assets feature: it uses a node-powered Generator inside Photoshop to quickly export images after each change. Simply put your layers to a group with a name like my_image.png, enable the plugin from File > Generate > Image Assets menu and you'll have your png in a subfolder of the location of your saved .psd file.

More info on Adobe website.

Here's a video where you can see a file change on the fly during changes: https://youtu.be/AbgT7unfSaU?t=335

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