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Files are not saved for you automatically in the Full Photo Edit workspace. So it's important that you save your files yourself, not only at the end of your correction workflow, but frequently as you work. If you've made any change to a photo since the last time you saved, you'll see an asterisk up here in the Document tab and that means you can save at this point. If you don't, you could lose all your changes since the last save if the program or your computer crashes. To save my file with its changes, I'll go to the File menu, and I could choose Save or Save As.
I get in the habit of choosing Save As rather than Save because after the first time you use the plain Save command, it will automatically save over the last iteration of the file. So I'll choose Save As, and that opens the Save As dialog box. First, I'll choose where I want to save the corrected file. Some people make a separate folder for their processed files. I'm going to save this version of the file in the same folder as the original. But that means I have to be careful not to save over the original if I want to keep that, and so, I'll go down to the file name field, and I'll usually change the name of the file slightly.
Clicking here and typing something like edited, or if you want Elements to automatically change the name of the file for you, you can come down to the Save options, and check As a Copy, and that will add the word copy to the file name, or if you're also using the Organizer along with the Editor, you can go to this Organize option, make sure there's a check next to Include in the Elements Organizer, which will automatically import this corrected copy of the file into your Organizer, and then you'll have access to this checkbox, Save in Version Set with Original.
And checking that will change the name of the file, also it will automatically add the word edited along with a sequential number. While we're looking at the save options, if I've added additional layers to a photo as I'm editing it, I'll make sure that there's a check mark next to layers and I leave ICC Profile checked. In order to embed in the save file information about the way I'd like the file to display color, which is part of a larger subject of color management. There's another important field here and that is the Format field.
From here, I'll choose the format in which I want to save the corrected version of the file. While I'm editing, I usually choose the Photoshop format, which adds a .PSD extension to the file name. The reason I do that is that the Photoshop format preserves all the data in the photo, and it keeps all the re-editable Photoshop features I might add to the file, like layers, and layer Masks, and more. So that gives me a file I can go back to, if I need to change any of those features later. And then, when I'm done with my editing, I'll save a master copy of the edited file in the same Photoshop format, and that's the file I'll come back to in the future if I want to make a change, or if I need another copy of the file in a different format, for example, a copy in the JPEG format.
So let's look at JPEG which is also available from the Format menu. JPEG is the format to save in when you're preparing a copy of the file to attach to an email or to post online. The reason is that the JPEG format compresses a file to make it smaller and it does a good job of compressing photographs in particular. One caveat about the JPEG format is that it's best not to save a file repeatedly as a JPEG, because every time you save as a JPEG, more data is discarded as the photo is compressed.
Although a couple of re-saves as JPEG is fine, doing it too many times could theoretically affect the appearance of a photo. And another caveat about the JPEG format is that if you have layers in a file, when you save as JPEG, those layers will be flattened into a single layer which is another reason that I keep a copy of the file in the PSD format particularly if it has layers. There are only a couple of other formats that are commonly used in this menu. There's the CompuServe GIF format, that's often used to save graphics for the web and the PNG format for the same purpose.
And then there's the TIFF format which is a non-lossy format that does support layers, and is often used in commercial graphic arts. When I'm done choosing the format and all these other options, I'll click Save and because I'm saving as a JPEG, I also need to set the quality or the amount of compression that's going to be applied to this file. I usually leave this set to between 10 and 12, and I leave the other settings at their defaults. I'll click OK, and that saves my edited version of the file, and you can see up in the Document tab that I'm now working on that edited version.
So that's how to save a file in the Full Photo Edit workspace. The main advice I can give you about saving is to save often to protect all the hard work that you put into editing your photos.
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