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Four things to know about saving

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Four things to know about saving

In this movie, I'll introduce you to the four things you should know about saving an image in Photoshop. One of them's just an FYI. The other three rank among the best fail-safes against losing your work found in any computer application. And this is a big panorama that I captured and stitched together, and it contains over 45 million pixels. I'm going to start off here by dialing in a custom zoom value down here on the lower left corner of the screen. And I'll press Shift+Tab in order to bring up my right side panels. So I can show you what I've got here.

Four things to know about saving

In this movie, I'll introduce you to the four things you should know about saving an image in Photoshop. One of them's just an FYI. The other three rank among the best fail-safes against losing your work found in any computer application. And this is a big panorama that I captured and stitched together, and it contains over 45 million pixels. I'm going to start off here by dialing in a custom zoom value down here on the lower left corner of the screen. And I'll press Shift+Tab in order to bring up my right side panels. So I can show you what I've got here.

There's three layers in all. At the bottom, we have a cropped image layer, and then we have two adjustment layers, the first of which is warming up the bottom of the image. And the second is darkening the sky. And I'll tell you about cropping and adjustment layers in upcoming chapters. But, for now let's say I decide to click on one of the adjustment layers. Shift click on the other so that they're both selected. And I press the Backspace key here on a PC or the Delete key on Mac to get rid of them. Now notice up here in the Title tab. This is the FYI part of the movie.

We've got a couple of asterisks going on. The one inside the parentheses, that one's a little bit confusing. What that tells you is, the image is using a color profile that's different than the one that Photoshop is currently set to. That actually doesn't matter, because Photoshop automatically switches to the color profile employed by image. So for now, you can safely ignore that first asterisk. We'll be discussing what's going on with color profiles and color settings in a future course. That other asterisk, however, the one outside the parenthesis, that one tells you that you have unsaved changes, and of course that means you could potentially lose your work. If you want to save your changes, you go onto the File > Save. Or go ahead and press that common keyboard shortcut, Control+S on the PC or Command+S on the Mac.

And then you'll see that the image saves. And that asterisk outside the parenthesis goes away. The problem of course is. I didn't want to save over my original image. I didn't want to lose those adjustment layers. And this is the kind of thing that can happen every so often. You accidentally save when you don't mean to, escpially if you use the keyboard shortcut. Because right next door to the S key are the A and D keys which you use all the time in Photoshop to either select everything or de-select everything. So it's easy to hit that wrong key. If you do, don't panic because you can always go back in time. Here's how.

Go up to the Window > History. And then you'll notice here in the History panel that I have a state that's called Delete Layer and I also have another state called Open. And if I click on that Open state. I get my layers back, I'll go ahead and now close the history panel. I have unsaved changes, of course, so I'll go up to the File > Save, in order to update the image and bring back those layers. This works when you revert an image, as well. I'll bring back up my History panel and click on Delete Layer in order to go ahead and re-delete those layers. And then I'll go back to the File > Save, in order to override the image. Now, I'll click on open once again in order to go back to the open which contains the adjustment layers.

And if I go to the File menu, you can see that I have a revert command. Which allows me to load the saved version of the image. Inside any other program, when you choose revert, you're going to get an alert message that says, really? Do you actually want to revert the image and lose all the changes you've made? In Photoshop, you don't get any message whatsoever. It just goes ahead and reverts to the saved version of the image because reversion is tracked by history. So notice here in the history panel, I not only have the history state but I've got all the other states before and my case just open. So I click on Open to bring back the adjustment layers. I'll go ahead and close the history panel and I'll go up to the File > Save, so I keep those adjustments.

So in other words, as long as you keep the image open, and as long as you have access to those historical states, then you're safe. The only time you're not safe is if you do this number. Let's say I decide to grab those adjustment layers again, and throw 'em away. And then I go up to the close box and click on it, and Photoshop asks me, hey, do you want to save your changes? If I click on the Yes button or the Save button on a Mac, I'm in trouble. Then I do lose everything, because history is not saved along with the file. So, what I'm going to recommend to you, don't do that. I'll go ahead and cancel outta there.

And then, I'll make the deliberate decision whether to save my work or not. One more thing you should know: You've now got another degree of protection in the form of auto-saving. I'll go ahead and press Control+K, or Command+K on the Mac, in order to bring up the preferences dialog box. And then I'm going to switch over to file handling on the left-hand side, and notice this check box, automatically save recovery information every so often. What I recommend you do is switch it from 10 minutes to 5 minutes so you have more protection And then if you find that Photoshop is dragging performance-wise, then you can always up the number later. But I'd rather be protected than not.

And I've been working in the program for awhile now and have retrieved several files. Things that would have, otherwise, in the old days just absolutely been lost. It's totally great. It protects you from crashing, and the idea is, if the program does go down, the next time you launch it, you will see a recovered file open automatically. Now I'm going to go ahead and click OK in order to accept that change. So to recap, if you see an asterisk outside the parentheses, that means unsafe changes. If you accidentally safe a file, you may be able to still retrieve the original image from the history panel. Reverting an image is undo-able in Photoshop, and finally, you have Auto Save and Auto Recover in the event you crash.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 35m 44s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 NEW
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier UPDATED
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder UPDATED
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    7. Closing one image and closing all UPDATED
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface UPDATED
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences UPDATED
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 20s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving UPDATED
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details UPDATED
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast UPDATED
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another UPDATED
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill UPDATED
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush UPDATED
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools UPDATED
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool UPDATED
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures UPDATED
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes UPDATED
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time UPDATED
      49s

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