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Saving and formats

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Video: Saving and formats

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.

Saving and formats

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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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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