Hello I have a lot of jpg images that I need to crop and save. The problem is after Im done cropping the jpg I try to save but the pop up "Save As" dialog keeps popping up. And even if I decided to use the pop up and do a save as jpg it doesn't overwrite the old jpg and instead just makes a copy. Because of that I have to delete the old jpg file and delete the word "copy" which takes up a lot of time.

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All I want do is just crop a jpg image and do command save and that's it the file is updated. please help!

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Crop preferences....

This may be due to the set preferences for the crop tool. With the Crop Tool selected, be certain the Delete Cropped Pixels item in the Control Bar IS checked.

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If this item is NOT checked, the file will no longer be a flat single layer file.

By retaining cropped pixels, you introduce a level of transparency. And since jpg does not support transparency, you can't then mere "save" to the jpg format.

Another possibility.............

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Viewing your screenshot, the only layer is "Layer 0" and is not a flat background layer. The item above would account for this, but if the preference is not the issue....

....the "jpg" may not really be a jpg.

You may not be getting a flat background layer because the image is actually a png file or some other format with merely the suffix in the file name changed to "jpg". Actual jpgs open in Photoshop with one, locked, layer titled "Background".

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If you wish to merely "save", flatten the image first. After flattening the image, "save" should work as you are expecting.

NOTE JPG is a lossy format - meaning to save file size (kb), the jpg format throws out data. Saving any jpg as a jpg reduces image quality. The more often you do this the worse the image gets.

  • it worked thank you. Yes most of the jpg files I open has layer named background with a lock. Is there a way to have the images already flattened when I open them? Or there a hot key to flatten the layer quickly?
    – jr005
    Dec 28, 2020 at 22:22
  • @jr005 I've edited, please reread.
    – Scott
    Dec 28, 2020 at 22:23
  • Now it is working perfectly! Thank you sooo much! I really appreciate it.
    – jr005
    Dec 28, 2020 at 23:21

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