So I edited my first genetics file, using photoshop, and want to send it off for my little Sims to use. When I save the file, however, it creates a new file, instead of updating the old one. When I save it as a bmp file, it saves it as a copy. Is there a way to save using Photoshop (CS5) btw, and not have it create a new file, but, rather, update it?
You should be able to just Save As and save it with the original filename by clicking on the original file. Or Save, and change the file type from PSD to BMP and again, click the original file. Either way it will ask you if you want to overwrite, but you just tell it yes and it should work fine.
If i'm updating something that I created, I flatten the image first and then I press ctrl+s to save, usually it just overwrites on the file that is already there. If you click on save as in the file menu, It will save a copy.... Also too, If you don't flatten the image before saving, it'll save as a photoshop document (PSD). This method is pretty quick when you want to check progress as you go along, but you have to remember to go to edit----step backward to get back your layers.
You -can- flatten the layers, but it's not necessary if you just change from PSD to BMP in the file type dropdown and click on the file you want to overwrite. Luckily, Photoshop understands that you'd like to, well, pretend that you've flattened the layers for the purposes of saving as a BMP (since BMPs don't have layers) but won't actually do so in your currently open document so you can keep editing.