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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image editing application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements 8, along with its companion program, Bridge CS4, to organize and edit photos, build projects like web galleries and photo collages, and share photos with family and friends. Jan dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.
Knowing how to save a file is a fundamental skill in Elements. I have a file open here and I haven't saved it since I made a change to it. I know that because there is an asterisk here in the Title Bar that tells me that I need to save it to save that last change. The asterisk will disappear as soon as I save the file, but if I then make even one more change, the asterisk will reappear to remind me to save it again. To save I will go up to the File menu and I could choose Save or Save As. I usually choose Save As just to make sure that I don't save over the last version by error.
So I am going to choose Save As and that opens the Save As dialog box. Here I could give the file another name, but I am going to leave it with its current name. And then I am going to choose a place to save the file. I don't want to save over the original, which is right here. So I will go to this menu and I am going to choose Desktop and there I will select my saved files folder in which I have some other saved files as well and that's all I have to do to select the destination. Next, I am going to go to the Format field. This is an important field. There are lots of formats available here, but most of these you will never use.
But I do want to tell you about the most commonly used formats. The first is the Photoshop document format. If I select this, Elements adds a .PSD or Photoshop document format suffix to the saved file. The Photoshop document format is the native format for Photoshop Elements as well as for Adobe Photoshop. After I have edited a file I normally do save a master copy in the Photoshop document format and archive that on an external hard drive. The reason that I do that is that the Photoshop document format will retain all special proprietary features that I have added in Photoshop, like layers, Filters, layer Styles and more.
And so that means that if I ever need to come back and make a change to the image it's best to come back to the Photoshop document format. Then from there I might make other copies in other formats. So if I need to post a copy on the web I will save a JPEG, for example, as well. Let's see what other formats are available here. JPEG is the format in which you'll want to save photographs for use on the Web or to attach to E-mail or to otherwise show on screen. JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group.
JPEG is what's called a lossy file format and so what that means is that it compresses the image to make it smaller, but at the same time it throws away a little bit of file information. That's fine if you save as a JPEG once maybe twice, but you don't want to save the same file in JPEG format over and over because each time you do that and you make a change and then resave, you are losing a little more image information. Another format that you might use here is the TIFF format. This is not a lossy format. So you don't have to worry about saving as TIFF multiple times.
TIFF is often used by graphic designers for images that are to be included in a page layout program like Adobe InDesign or for handoff to a print shop for commercial graphic design printing. And finally there is CompuServe GIF. GIF is a file format that comes in handy when you are saving a graphic or text, but it's not used very often for photographs. So I am going to choose JPEG here and there is one more field to look at and that is the Color field. I almost always check Embed Color Profile here because I want to embed a profile that tells the printer or the next device down the line my intentions about how I want the color to look in the image.
Including the color profile with the saved image is the second step in a color management workflow that I started to describe in the movie on setting up your color settings in Elements. I am not going to bother saving as a copy because I am saving to a different destination. So at this point I will just click the Save button and that opens some options for the JPEG format. The most important of which is the Quality option. The higher the quality, the larger the total file size will be. In most cases, I will put the quality at somewhere around 10 in an effort to compromise on file size, and I will click OK.
And I have now saved a copy of this image into my Saved folder in the JPEG format.
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