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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
The next set of preferences have to do with file handling. Go ahead and click on that option here. There are just three things that I want to point out in this dialog. For the most part the default settings will work well. The first thing that I want to point out is, typically it's best to check off this box to Ask Before Saving Layered TIFF Files. As many of you know, the TIFF file format is a great file format, many people work with this format and have lots of layers, and every time they save their file, it says, hey, do you want to save the layered file, and this gets a little bit annoying.
So if you are using the TIFF format, I recommend you turn that option off. The next option has to do with file compatibility. Now, this is kind of interesting. Where this originates is that Photoshop used to not have layers, so what you would need to do, you would maximize the file compatibility, so you do something like Always, if you knew that your documents were going to be viewed by someone who had a much older version of Photoshop. But now this has gotten even a little bit more interesting.
For example, if you are using Lightroom, Lightroom cannot work with your files or view or access them unless you maximize PSD or PSB file compatibility. So in those particular situations what you are going to want to do is you are going to want to turn on this compatibility. Yet, the downside is it's going to increase your file size. So in most workflows, typically if you are working with Lightroom or if you are going to work with someone who has an older version of Photoshop, it's best to leave this on Ask, so that you can determine the file compatibility each time you save your document.
In other words, in my case I work with Lightroom, so I have this preference on Ask. If I am working on a layered PSD file, and I know that this file is going to be integrated into my Lightroom catalog, when it asks me if I would like to maximize my PSD file compatibility, I simply click Yes. On the other hand, if I am working on a layered Photoshop file, and I know that it's not going to be part of my Lightroom catalog, in those cases I simply say No. So again, you are going to have to choose the preference which works best for your workflow.
To reiterate, if you are just working with Photoshop, I recommend you choose Never, yet in other situations, Lightroom users or people who work with people with older versions of Photoshop, then I recommend you select Ask. All right. Well, the third thing that I want to point out here is your Recent File List. I have found this to be a really helpful way to access and reopen files that I have worked on recently. So in my particular case, I increase this number and I increase this number because this simply gives me more information without any negative side effects, and I can view this Recent File List by going to my File pulldown menu and then choosing Open Recent and there it will show me the most recent 20 files that I have worked on.
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