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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to save an image that contains one or more adjustment layers. Now here is the idea. Had I just gone ahead and applied a static color adjustment to either of these images. I could go up to the File menu. Choose the Save command in order to save over my original JPEG image. Now that's a little problematic. I have to tell you. I don't advise you do that. I don't advise you open an image, in other words that you shot with a digital camera. Make a bunch of static modifications to it. Then just choose File>Save because if you do that then your original image is lost forever -- where that becomes a problem is if first you know just enough about Photoshop to be dangerous, and you go through an absolutely wreck a few hundred images, then a couple of years you come back to them and go what have I done? Those are gone forever.
My original images are dead to me. And all you have is your terrible edits. Whereas if you don't save over your originals, you choose Save As instead and give them different File names or put them in different folders or what have you then you always have those originals to come back to. That's quite beside the point in our case though because we cannot save adjustment layers along with JPEG images. If I try to do that, if I choose the Save command or press Ctrl+S, Command+S on the Mac then I'm greeted by the Save As dialog box and I am told that I should save my image as a PSD file, if layers are turned on and that's the most likely suggestion.
You might see tiff. You might see PDF. But PSD is the default choice. You want to make sure that layers check box is on. You might as well say that ICC Profile, no reason, not to do that. Use Lower Case Extension might as well be on here in the PC as well. I'm going to change its File name to Corrected light butterfly.psd like so and click on the Save button. Then I'm going to do the same thing for Dark butterfly as well. While I'm added, I'll just Ctrl+S or Command+S on the Mac. I know I'm not going to save over my original JPEG because I have an adjustment layer.
I'll call this one Corrected dark butterfly.psd like so. Go ahead and save it inside the same 07_basic_correct folder by the way. You know, this is all very well and good. You've got these wonderful editable adjustment layers and so on. However, you want to send this image out to somebody who does not have Photoshop and cannot successfully open a layered PSD file, how do you them a JPEG without ruining the image? Well, you go up to the File menu choose Save As, Ctrl+Shift+S, Command+Shift+S on the Mac. Then you would just go ahead and either turnoff layers like so, if you want to.
Then switch to a different File Format or I'll turn layers back on. I'll switch the File Format to JPEG. Notice as soon as I do that, layers is turned off automatically and As a Copy is turned on automatically. What Photoshop is doing in this case is telling you that you are going to save a copy of the image to your hard drive. There will be no link between the image that you're editing and the file that you're creating right now. So in other words, if I make any modifications to Corrected dark butterfly.psd, they will be saved with that file, not the JPEG file.
So I'll just go ahead and call this file something like Butterfly for client.jpg or something along those lines. And click Save in order to save that copy of the image. I will see the JPEG Options dialog box. I always recommend, when in doubt, you go with the Quality setting of 12. It's only for Web images that you want to go lower. And then we'll be working inside the Save for Web dialog box, not the JPEG Options dialog-box. So Quality 12, as large as it gets Baseline Optimized turned on. Those are your best settings. Click OK in order to save off that file.
Notice the file name is not Butterfly for client.jpg. It is still Corrected dark butterfly.psd. We still have access to our layers. Now I have heard people complain in the past that they lose a layer for example they go up to the layer menu and they choose Flatten Image. Then they save off this image as a JPEG, which you could totally do now. You can save this as a flat JPEG file. And days later they open that image and they think well, how do I get my layers back? You don't. When you flatten an image and you save off that file, that file no longer has layers.
It doesn't even remember that there ever were layers. That's why it's so important to save layered versions of your images as you move along. And by the virtue of the fact that we saved a copy of the image instead of flattening the image, I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z to unflatten it. We still have access to that editable layer here inside this image.
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