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Saving and formats

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Video: Saving and formats

My motto when it comes to saving a file is save early and save often, and that way you really protect your file from any unexpected computer crashes or other events. How do you know when a file need saving? Well, there are two ways. If you work with your Project Bin opened in the Full Edit mode, if you've made a change to a file and you haven't saved since making that change, you'll see this little paintbrush icon at the top right of the thumbnail. If you work with your Project Bin closed, you can take a look at the document tab for the photo, and if you see an asterisk there, that means the same thing, you've made a change to the photo and you haven't saved with that change.

Saving and formats

My motto when it comes to saving a file is save early and save often, and that way you really protect your file from any unexpected computer crashes or other events. How do you know when a file need saving? Well, there are two ways. If you work with your Project Bin opened in the Full Edit mode, if you've made a change to a file and you haven't saved since making that change, you'll see this little paintbrush icon at the top right of the thumbnail. If you work with your Project Bin closed, you can take a look at the document tab for the photo, and if you see an asterisk there, that means the same thing, you've made a change to the photo and you haven't saved with that change.

When you do want to save, if you don't mind saving over the last version of the photo, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S on a PC or Command+S on a Mac. If you don't want to save over the last copy, or if you are not sure, go up to the File menu and from there, instead of going to Save which will save over the last copy, go down to Save As. That will open the Save As dialog box. My dialog box opened to the same folder that contains the original copy of this photo.

I don't want to save over that original copy, so I could do one of two things. I could come down here and give the file, I'm saving another name, or I could navigate to another place on my hard drive and save there. I'm going to save it on my projects folder out on my Desktop. So I'll navigate to that folder. Now that I am in the projects folder, I could keep the name the same, but sometimes I'll add a word like edited or end to my file names when I'm done editing, that's a signal to myself that this is an edited file.

I'm going to click after the number 2 here, and just before the suffix .jpg and I'm going to type an underscore and then I'll type end. It's always better to use an underscore or a hyphen when you're naming a file. Next, I'll go to the Format menu. There are a lot of formats here, but the truth is you'll probably only use two maybe three of these. Let me tell you about those. The first is the Photoshop format. This is the native file format for Photoshop Elements and for Adobe Photoshop.

When I am working on a file and saving from time to time, I usually save in the Photoshop format, because this format will save all the special proprietary Photoshop features that I'm adding to the file, like layers and layer Styles and Filters and Effects and more. Then when I am done editing, I save a copy that I call my master copy in the Photoshop format, because that will save the file with all those little parts and pieces, so that if I ever need to come back and make a change, everything is there for me to work on.

Then if I need a file in a particular format, say JPEG, I'll make a copy of that master document and save in that other format. Let's talk about the JPEG format. This is another format that you probably use a lot. The JPEG format is often used for saving photographs, and if you shoot JPEGs, this is the format in which your photo will start when you bring it in from your camera. One of the reasons that people like to save in the JPEG format is that it compresses a photograph or makes it smaller, and that makes it easier to send by e-mail or to share with other people other ways.

But in order to make a file smaller, the JPEG format throws away a little data each time you make a change to the image, and then resave as a JPEG. So that means that you don't want to continually resave a photo over and over and over and over in the JPEG format. Now it's fine if you want to save a JPEG, once, twice or three times, but you just don't want to save the same file in JPEG format over and over. Also, keep in mind, that the JPEG format does not retain layers. It flattens all the layers in a file, so that when you reopen a JPEG, you'll only see a single layer there, which is another reason to always have a master file in the Photoshop format too, so that you can access the layers in a file.

I'll just quickly mention some other formats that you might use from time to time. There is the GIF format here, which is mostly used for saving graphics for the Web. PNG is also a format used for graphics for the Web, and TIFF is a non-lossy format that does retain layers and is often used by graphic designers for images that are going to be included in a page layout program like Adobe InDesign. Because the file, I am saving right now, is a photograph, if it were my master copy, I would save it in the Photoshop format.

Let's assume that this is just an extra copy, so I am going to go down and save it as a JPEG. So I'll select JPEG from this list. When I'm saving a file, I can have the saved copy automatically included in Elements Organizer. That's usually a good idea. I can always delete it from the Organizer if I want to. I also have the option to save in a version set with the original file. I am not going to do that in this case, but it's just another way to keep images organized. I am going to leave ICC Profile checked because I want to embed in this image a little tag of textual information called the profile that tells the printer or the next device down the line in my workflow, how I want the color in the image to look.

And I am not going to bother saving as a copy because I am already saving this image in another place and I've given it another name. Now I'll click Save. Because, I am saving in the JPEG format, I have some other choices to make about image quality. I usually leave everything here at its default except for the Quality field. The higher the quality in this field, the larger the file size will be. On a Quality scale of one to 12, I'll usually choose something like 10 and I'll click OK. So when you're saving your files, do consider the tips that I told you here and remember save early and save often.

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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