This happens whenever I work with non-PSD files:

  • I open a file (e.g. a .dds file) and then after some changes I click Save as, select directory, settings and save it as a .dds file
  • After some other changes I'd like to quickly overwrite that .dds file, and not go through the save as dialog (I reckon it only shows because I don't save it as a .psd file)

I know I can create an action to quickly save a file in a directory, but I just want to press Ctrl+S to save any kind of files. How do I do that?

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This is not possible. And in fact, you should really want the Save As to appear when it does.

The Save feature only works when you are editing a document that you have open. In other words, same title, same suffix, and all layers/features are compatible with that format still.

Save Asappears when you have used features in Photoshop which are not supported in the existing document's format. For example, you open a jpg and add 2 layers... that can no longer be jpg because jpgs do not support layers. So Save isn't available and the Save As window appears. It's not about having to "save as psd", it's about what a particular image format supports.

To circumvent this behavior is asking Photoshop to have the ability to randomly overwrite any file at any time and ignore any issues with internal compatibility with all formats.

In other words.. you spend 8 hours working on a 120 layered, CMYK, smart object file and hit Save, saving it with a .gif suffix replacing another file. You have then essentially made the resulting .gif file useless because it contains data which the gif format does not support so it can't be opened or used anywhere. So, you've just wasted all that editing time with no way to recover the work.

I understand that taking the extra step to deal with the Save As dialog may seem like a time waster... however, much like the airbag in your car... it's there for a very important reason. Trying to turn it off or get around it is asking for trouble whether or not you realize it.

All that being posted... you can generally open any file, do anything you want to it... then choose Flatten Image from the Layer Panel Menu and chances are Save will then work. (Because you've reduced everything down to a single layer, flattening any vector data, shape layers, smart objects, layer styles, etc.... which is what most image formats support.

  • It is a very useful feature for when you are working with 3D modelling programs that support 'quick edit' functionality, where the current view is opened as a image in photoshop, you edit it, save it, and then it transforms what you drew onto the model. Saves hours and hours of work, especially when working with awkward models.
    – otoomey
    Nov 18, 2017 at 16:53

As far as I know, there's no way to do it. I'm no expert but I figured an easy way to get around that.

if you go to file-export-export preferences and change it to "export files to an asset folder", then every time you do a file-quick export as png, it will overwrite a file in a folder next to the original PSD document.

not what you wanted but it works.


So your anwser is that we don't have the right philosophy and we "should really want" to have annoying dialogs showing up when we save a file thousands of time by hour. Well I think we should want to have a feature that was there when I first started using photoshop, and that now requires a script. But hey, it's just my two cents

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