Let's say we have a picture. We open it with photoshop and save it a copy. If we open the folder with finder, the original picture has a white frame, but the modified doesn't. Why is this happening? is there any way to prevent this behavior?

Note: I don't know if this happen with all the formats, or with modified images by different softwares. Any idea?

  • I just exported modified pictures from iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom into a folder. All have white borders in the finder folder. – Richard Dec 28 '11 at 20:55

I think I figured it out. It's because Photoshop creates it's own preview, which appears instead of the automatically generated Finder preview. To turn this off, go to Photoshop Preferences, find the file saving preferences, and set it so it never saves previews. From what I can tell, that saves it with the border, like you needed. Also, to add a border back to an image without going back and resaving it, you can click it's icon in Finder, and then click File > Get Info. Then click the icon in the upper left corner and push Delete on the keyboard. That gets rid of the custom preview from Photoshop.

Hope this helps!


It seems that if you save it from a non-apple app, such as Photoshop, it loses the border. I don't know why, but if you open it in Preview and do a save as, it will get the white border back.

(I just remembered that Save As is gone in Lion. I don't have access to Lion right now, but I think you would click "Duplicate" or "Export" in the file menu)

  • That's not true, did you read my comment? I exported from Lightroom, a non-Apple app. White border is there. – Richard Dec 29 '11 at 3:34
  • In that case, I guess it's just Photoshop that's the problem. Regardless, using preview to re-save it will fix it. – thekmc Dec 29 '11 at 14:07

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