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As you start to work with Photoshop CS6, you'll soon discover that the changes aren't just skin or surface deep. In other words, it's not just about the interface, rather the entire application has been overhauled, and that's meant some performance tuning and some new features which will really improve our overall workflow. And that's definitely true with Background and Auto Save. I'm going to talk about both of those here. Well, a lot of times in our workflows we'll have a photograph like this. This file is about 35 Megs.
And let's say that we decide to duplicate this layer for some reason. To do that you can press Command+J or Ctrl+J. Well, now the file size is significantly increased, it's about 86 Megs. Well, if we choose to save this file, what Photoshop will do by default is it will do all of this saving in the background. Take a look at the bar down below here which shows us our file size, and also the tab at the top. When you save by pressing Command+S or Ctrl+S, it gives you progress of what's happening.
Now with a smaller file size, well, that happened pretty quickly. It's not that big of a deal. But let's say that all of a sudden we have this workflow where we have 10 or 20 layers where our file size is really significant. Well, to simulate that, let's keep copying in this layer. To do that, press Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on Windows, and just do this a handful of times, again just to stimulate what might happen when we're working on our files. Well, here we now have a document which is almost 700 Megs.
Well, previously, if we were to save this, Photoshop would be frozen in the act of saving this document. We couldn't do anything else and our hands would be tied. But now if we save this document, what will happen is it will do this in the background. This means I can even continue to make adjustments of any sort to this file while that saving is taking place in the background. I could also jump to other documents and work on them. Then when the saving was complete, well, I could then jump back to the document that I was working on in order to work on that file.
In this progress or this background saving can really change your workflow. In other words, this can help you multitask, whether you want to save a document and jump to another, or if you just want to keep moving in an image as you make your way through the photograph, what you'll want to do is to save more frequently. So you can save that work. It will happen in the background. Keep working and keep saving in the background so that it doesn't interrupt your workflow. Another thing in regards to saving which has changed is this preference which is called Auto Save.
You can find this preference by navigating to your Photoshop > Preferences, and here we'll go to Preferences. And what I want to you to do is to select File Handling. Then in the File Handling dialog you'll notice this check box, Automatically Save Recovery Information, in this case every 10 Minutes. Well, what does this mean? Or what's this all about? Well, background save, that is something that you do manually. You save your document, and then it saves in the background so you can continue working. Well, this is something which happens automatically. It happens even further behind the scenes.
In other words, if you have this option turned on--and let's say you're working on this document here and all of a sudden Photoshop crashes--well, what it's done is it's saved the version of this file if you've been working at least for more than 10 minutes, and it will open that version of the file up so that you don't lose all of the work that you've done. You can also change this to save these more frequently. You could choose, say, an option like 5 Minutes. And again, every 5 minutes it would be saving a version of your file in the background.
You wouldn't ever know this unless Photoshop crashed. Then when you reopen Photoshop, well, it would reopen that recovered document, and then you could continue working on it.
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