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One of the things that can happen is you'll be working away and lightning strikes your house or the power goes out or something untold happens that causes you lose work. That happens to all of us, there is no way around. Nature sometimes gets into the way of our creativity. So one of the pieces of advice that I have offered over time is what I called save early, save often style of working. I tend to save my work fairly regularly and it really takes you losing your work once to quickly adapt to the save early, save often scenario because you learn it's like boy if I just would have saved five minutes ago, I wouldn't have lost hardly any work.
And so it's a habit that you need to ingrain into your workflow is that you regularly save your work. So Painter doesn't have any automatic save or anything that does that for you. It's a manual process. However it does have a process called Iterative Save that will automatically number your work as you go and it's not quite the same concept but it is one way to keep track of your work, especially as you are working on a project, I find it's very useful to keep iterations of the work as it's progressing.
Even if you have got your layers Safety Net in place and even if you are undoing another safety net that you can put into place is to as you work on a project have iterations of that image along the way. And some times if it's a client-based work or whatever, you'll get asked, can you change this, or whatever it is and you realize if you have been saving iterations of an image that what, if I go back four or five versions there was a point there where I was working on that and it may offer you a layer or something or if you have to go back just that far in work, you'll find that having iterative savings of the image as you go offers up possibilities that would not exist had you only just worked on the image all the way to finish and it's all in one image file.
It's one way of working that can help you avoid sometimes some untold results. So I am going to just do very simple thing here. I am just going to go in and paint number one, OK. So let's say I am working on my image and this is around where I want to save, so normally you'd go up and you would say save as and we'll just call it My_File. OK, so we have got an image and we save it.
Now I go ahead and I do some more work. So we'll just put in number two for another period of time has passed that I have done some work. Now I could go up and say save as and give it another name. However you'll notice there is this option here Iterative Save. If I save that, look what just happened, it's saved it under My_File but it's added a 001 after that file for me. Now I don't have to go in and type or anything, it just saves as a new name, a new iteration of that file for me.
So I continue to work and now I have got three. Now what you can do also is also is if you use the Option or Alt+ Command and save, you can even do it easier, all I have to do now is just hit Option or Alt + Command S to save and now it's just saved it. So now I have got My_ File.002. And so a good practice is to learn how to quickly use those keyboard combinations. So when you save, once you have a started a name convention on a file, all you need to do is just hit the option or Alt and Command and Shift to save it and it will automatically append that number designation afterward, and I don't know that you're going to go this far which can go up to 999 iterative saves before it would rollover again.
So I find this a really great way to build several images, even if we back and close this now. I will go to My Exercise files in Chapter 13 here. You see there is My_File then there is 001 and 002. So that is a very nice way to save a series of files without renaming and possibly misnaming it or whatever, this just automatically appends those number on their for you. So this is yet another Safety Net that lets you get back to the earlier versions of an image where you may have made changes in images after that and you'll realize, "Oh there is a layer on that second iteration that I still have that I could pull out of that image and put into the later image and I'd be OK, I wouldn't have to redo all the work".
So this is another Safety Net and the more safety nets you have in place, the more times you can bounce before you are going to hit the hard cold earth.
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