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Photoshop CS6 introduces two new saving features that are designed to save your neck. They are called Background Save and Auto Save. I'll show you Background Save first. Imagine that you're working on a very big file. This one hails from the Fotolia Image Library. It has tons and tons of layers and it takes up a total of 500 Megabytes in RAM, and let's say that it's not good enough. I'm going to go up to the Image menu and choose the Image Size command and just for the sake of demonstration here, I'm going to take the Width and Height values up to 200% and that's going to create an image that's four times as large as it is now.
That way it will take up a lot more room in RAM and of course it will take longer to save the file as well, and notice that our image size jumps up to 1.23 gigs in RAM. All right! Now, I'm going to go up to the File menu and choose the Save command. Now, normally Photoshop would take its time saving the file and you'd have to wait for it, but now in CS6, pay attention to the Title tab up here toward the top of the screen and also watch for a Progress Bar down here in the lower left corner.
As soon as I choose Save, we are told how much progress Photoshop is making up there at the top and down at the bottom of the screen and I can go ahead and switch to the other image and work away as the other file is saved in the background. So, that's how Background Save works. It's a really great feature but I assure you, you are going to like this next one even better. I'm going to go up to the Edit menu, this would be the Photoshop menu on a Mac, and I'll drop all the way down here to the Preferences command and then I'll go ahead and choose File Handling. And I want you to see that we have this option right here, Automatically Save Recovery Information Every: so often.
By default it's set to 10 minutes. I went ahead and cranked it down to 5 minutes so that it saves my changes more often in the background, and I'll go ahead and click OK. Now, if you take a look at the Title tab up here you'll see an asterisk, which indicates that there are unsaved changes. Well, let's say that most unfortunate of all events occurs--Photoshop crashes. Now, this is a pretty stable program so I can't do anything inside the program to make it crash. So, here on the PC, I'm going to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and I'm going to go ahead and start the Task Manager. And that will bring up a dialog box in the foreground that allows me, among other things, to quit a running application.
I'm going to go ahead and click on Photoshop there and say End Task. Now Photoshop is pretty smart, so it's going to offer to save my changes even though I'm trying to force quit it. But I'm going to go ahead and say End Now. Forget about it Photoshop, you're out of luck, you're going down. All right, now I'm going to close the Task Manager here, and now I'm back inside the Bridge, which has been updated as well. And I can see that I've got this old dark side of CS6.psd document. I'm going to go ahead and double-click it to open it up, and of course Photoshop goes ahead and launches and shows me the file that I asked to open.
And a few seconds later it also shows me the recovered version of the file. So, this is the original version, and this is the recovered version that contains my changes. And now of course I'd go up to the File menu and choose the Save As command in order to save my changes permanently. And that's how Background Save and Auto Save work here inside Photoshop CS6.
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