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Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

Video: Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save

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.

Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save

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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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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