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We have been talking about safety nets and another safety net you can take advantage of in Painter is just simply saving. One of my phrases I've said for years is, save often, save early. You want to get into a habit of saving an image while you're working on it, and the more often you save, the more you're unlikely to encounter the unfortunate circumstance of, the power goes out, you know, or a meteor hits. Whatever it is, those kinds of things you don't have under your control do occasionally happen.
You want to adapt almost a second sense where you can save regularly and almost not even think about it. But let's just imagine that I'm in here and I'm painting for a little bit. As I'm painting I'm doing one of my safety nets here, I'm working on layers, for example, and as I get to some point in the image, I'm certainly going to decide that it's time to make another layer. So, at this point I might go ahead and just Shift+Command+Save or Shift+Ctrl+Save on Windows, to bring up the Save dialog and I'll just go ahead and save that image. So, I'll say Save.
Okay, well, I happen to be replacing it here which sometimes you'll be doing. If anything happens, I can always get back to this point. So, let's say I go on and I create another layer, and now I go in here and I'm doing something else. Again, I'm going to think I should save at this point. Now you can enhance the ability to save regularly by using Iterative Save. So, if I just go up to File > Iterative Save, when I save this now, it saves my image but it also adds a three number ending to it. So, now it's 001.
Let's create another layer, and we'll get yet another exciting color for our image here. And so, I'm painting and once again I decide yup, I want to make sure I save this. So I can just go right up to Iterative Save, on Macintosh it's Option+Command+S, on Windows it will be Alt+Ctrl+S, but when you hit that it now has saved a new version of my image numbered 002.
And so we continue working on our image and once we're done with it there's another thing you can have enabled in Painter that is just another little safety net. If we go up to Preferences > General, you'll see right here, Create backup on Save, and what that will do is save the file, but it will also save another one with a appended on it that says backup. You'll not only create your file but you'll create a backup of it, and I'm sure we've all at least once encountered corruption on a hard disk.
If you've saved two of these, at least there's a chance that if one gets lost or corrupted you still have a second one. It doubles your disk space but unless you're really stingy about disk space I would recommend having this enabled as yet another safety net on our way to being able to create images is the best practice.
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