Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In Photoshop, on Mac OS X, is there a way to have the file type in the Save dialog automatically set to JPG?

If not, is there an easy way to trigger an AppleScript program to set it that way?

Seems like every time I want to save a JPG file I need to manually change that to JPG and, being primarily a keyboard user, it is not that easy.

share|improve this question
up vote 0 down vote accepted

I don't think you can set a default file type, but you can create an action to save in the format of your choosing. You can set one of your function keys to trigger the action.

EDIT In CS5: Open a document. To create the action, make sure the Actions palette is showing (Window > Actions, or F9). From the palette menu, choose New Action.... Give it a name and choose a function key, then hit record. Choose Save As... and set your desired save location and filetype (JPEG). When you're done, hit the Stop button in the Actions palette. You should now have an Action that saves as JPEG that can be triggered by the function key you chose.

share|improve this answer
thanks! any thoughts on how i can run an action with applescript? – cwd May 31 '11 at 5:38
@cwd tell app "Adobe Photoshop CS5" to do action "Molten Lead" from "Default Actions". As for saving directly via AS, save document 1 in <file> as <format> should work, but I'm getting General Photoshop error occurred. This functionality may not be available in this version of Photoshop. – user495470 May 31 '11 at 16:18

As far as I can tell, an action cannot be created to set the initial Save As format to JPEG. If you want to rename each file something other than the camera derived number, the AppleScript process cannot be stopped with the Save window open. Please correct me if i am wrong.

share|improve this answer

If you are using latest photoshop I believe cc or cc2014 then you can add .jpg or .jpeg or .png whatever you want at the end of the layer name. The layer will be saved with the to the same directory. But make sure the the image asset is enabled under File menu > Generate. Check out more information on adobe help. Or You might want to try this extension.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.