When saving as a PSD, have a PNG also saved automatically


On Photoshop CS5, I had it set up so that whenever I saved a .psd, whether it were through cmd-s or the file menu, it would also save a file as a .png with the same name.

I upgraded to CS6 and now I have no idea how to recreate this. Sadly, or stupidly, I uninstalled CS5 so I can't attempt to troubleshoot that way.

Does anyone know how to do this? I don't want to have to run an action every time I want to save a psd as a png, I want it to happen automatically, every time I save.

I appreciate all and any help here.

Thank you, Jacob

10/2/2012 10:20:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You can create your own script if you want, here's a simple one:

function main(){ 
    var Name = app.activeDocument.name.replace(/\.[^\.]+$/, ''); 
    var Ext = decodeURI(app.activeDocument.name).replace(/^.*\./,''); 
    if(Ext.toLowerCase() != 'psd') return; 
    var Path = app.activeDocument.path; 
    var saveFile = File(Path + "/" + Name +".png"); 
    if(saveFile.exists) saveFile.remove(); 

function SavePNG(saveFile){ 
    pngSaveOptions = new PNGSaveOptions(); 
    activeDocument.saveAs(saveFile, pngSaveOptions, true, Extension.LOWERCASE); 
  • To use this go to File > Scripts > Scripts Event Manager
  • Tick "Enable Events to Run Scripts/Actions"
  • Select "Save Document" from the Photoshop Event dropdown
  • In the next dropdown box select your new script and click add.

Now every time you do a save, the script will check if you are saving it as a PSD, if it is, it will save a PNG with the same name to the same location.

Note: this will overwrite an existing PNG if there is already one in the save location.

10/2/2012 8:14:00 PM

Are you sure it was a PNG and not a JPEG? To save a JPEG every time you save your document, open the Script Events Manager.

Script Events Manager

Then enable events to run scripts and set up an event to save a JPEG when you save your document.

Script Events Manager

You could probably also set up an Automator Workflow in OS X to watch a folder and duplicate and convert PSDs to PNGs.

But it seems likely that the Script Events Manager method is what you had set up previously.