Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Saving images with adjustment layers

From: Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography

Video: Saving images with adjustment layers

Before we go on with more adjustments, it's important to think about saving, because the whole saving thing around RAW files can be confusing. We've been editing this document in Photoshop, but when I look up at the name it still says CR2, because this was originally a RAW file. It was RAW data that was processed into colored pixels. There is no color in a RAW file. There is no actual visible pixel data in a RAW file. It's just a very strange collection of data that has to be converted into colored pixels, and that's what we have here is just a grid of colored pixels.

Saving images with adjustment layers

Before we go on with more adjustments, it's important to think about saving, because the whole saving thing around RAW files can be confusing. We've been editing this document in Photoshop, but when I look up at the name it still says CR2, because this was originally a RAW file. It was RAW data that was processed into colored pixels. There is no color in a RAW file. There is no actual visible pixel data in a RAW file. It's just a very strange collection of data that has to be converted into colored pixels, and that's what we have here is just a grid of colored pixels.

It still got the name of the RAW file, but actually, this set the data right here has not been saved anywhere. If I close this document and don't save, I can't get back to this, because if I open ApproachingStorm.CR2 again, well, that's my original RAW file. Because of the XMP file, it will still have the adjustments I made in Camera RAW, but it won't have any of these adjustment layers or anything. So right now, I'm basically working with an unsaved document. Anytime I go from a RAW file into Photoshop, it's going to be that way. I will - despite having a name, I'm working with unsaved document.

So I need to save it. We've already talked about how you can't say over the RAW file. Photoshop simply won't do that. But we do need now just to preserve our edits in case our computer crashes or something. We do need to save this file out, because we are going to want to continue working with it. And because as in a workflow I might want to save now, because I like these edits, and if I accidentally screw up the image, I will have a way of reverting back to this state. So I am going to go to the File menu and choose Save, and I get a standard Save dialog box.

Photoshop presents lots of different Format options. Now if this menu looks smaller than what you're used to, it's because we are in a 16-bit image right now, which you can see, and there are only certain file formats that support 16-bit. This menu is a little confusing, because actually a JPEG does not support 16-bit, and this is a new thing in Photoshop CS5, that JPEG is now option when you have a 16-bit image. What's nice is if I choose JPEG, Photoshop will automatically convert it 8 and then do a save. So this is really just a time-saving feature.

We don't want to save as JPEG, because that would be in 8-bit conversion, also because JPEG does not support layers, so all of our adjustment layers will go away, and there will be a lossy compression scheme applied to the image, which will degrade the quality of the image. We want to save in either Photoshop or TIFF format. Both are lossless formats. They both support adjustment layers. Which one to choose really just has to do with what you want to do with the image. TIFF files are typically more portable, if you are going to try to move to another editor, or maybe you're going to take this image into say a video editing program, or something like that.

Just because another application supports TIFF doesn't mean it supports a layered TIFF file. For our work, and for most your just personal work of working up an image and taking it to print or final electronic output, I recommend using Photoshop format, just because it works fine, it supports all the Photoshop features. There is no reason not to. So now if I hit Save, I am going to end up with ApproachingStorm.psd. So I am going to do that, add a version. We are going to replace that. It presents me with this Maximize Compatibility thing.

Just take the defaults. In fact, you can tell it Don't show that again, and now it will just go away. So it's going to write the file and when it's done, it's going to change the name of it up here, just as you would expect. There we go, ApproachingStorm.psd. I am not going to cover much more about saving throughout this course. I am going to assume that you kind of know what you are doing insofar as saving. You might want to save various versions of a document as you go along to save it in different states, because maybe you want to be able to go back to a particular state, and of course, you can do that with a Save As, and you will get the same dialog box.

You cannot ever save, though, as a RAW file, because this - you're not dealing with RAW data. RAW, again, it's got no color information. You're done with RAW now, until you go and start on a new image, or until you start this image over as a RAW file. So as we move along, you will be wanting to make sure that you save as Photoshop documents. If you go well, but ultimately, I know I want to e-mail a JPEG to someone, don't worry about that. You'll do a JPEG conversion at the very end, and we'll talk about that in the Output chapter.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography
Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography

59 video lessons · 22230 viewers

Ben Long
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 3m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
  2. 46m 35s
    1. Defining landscape photography
      2m 23s
    2. Considering cameras and gear
      10m 41s
    3. Shooting and composition tips
      6m 39s
    4. Why you should shoot raw instead of JPEG
      4m 25s
    5. Making selects
      10m 42s
    6. Understanding the histogram
      6m 53s
    7. A little color theory
      4m 52s
  3. 1h 14m
    1. Opening an image
      4m 42s
    2. Cropping and straightening
      9m 56s
    3. Nondestructive editing
      6m 23s
    4. Spotting and cleanup
      3m 53s
    5. Cleaning the camera sensor
      11m 17s
    6. Lens correction
      6m 26s
    7. Correcting overexposed highlights
      7m 29s
    8. Basic tonal correction
      5m 45s
    9. Correcting blacks
      11m 54s
    10. Correcting white balance
      6m 35s
  4. 21m 34s
    1. Performing localized edits with the Gradient Filter tool
      7m 24s
    2. Performing localized edits with the Adjustment brush
      7m 54s
    3. Controlling brush and gradient edits
      6m 16s
  5. 16m 34s
    1. Working with noise reduction
      5m 33s
    2. Clarity and sharpening
      5m 23s
    3. Exiting Camera Raw
      5m 38s
  6. 58m 5s
    1. Retouching
      8m 23s
    2. Using Levels adjustment layers
      10m 59s
    3. Saving images with adjustment layers
      4m 18s
    4. Advanced Levels adjustment layers
      9m 36s
    5. Guiding the viewer's eye with Levels
      8m 48s
    6. Using gradient masks for multiple adjustments
      5m 32s
    7. Correcting color in JPEG images
      3m 15s
    8. Adding a vignette
      3m 25s
    9. Knowing when edits have gone too far
      3m 49s
  7. 33m 24s
    1. Preparing to stitch
      5m 59s
    2. Stitching
      7m 39s
    3. Panoramic touchup
      7m 17s
    4. Shooting a panorama
      4m 58s
    5. Stitching a panorama
      7m 31s
  8. 27m 18s
    1. Shooting an HDR Image
      7m 53s
    2. Merging with HDR Pro
      11m 52s
    3. Adjusting and retouching
      7m 33s
  9. 24m 4s
    1. Why use black and white for images?
      2m 26s
    2. Black-and-white conversion
      7m 13s
    3. Correcting tone in black-and-white images
      7m 38s
    4. Adding highlights to black-and-white images
      6m 47s
  10. 49m 32s
    1. Painting light and shadow pt. 1
      11m 22s
    2. Painting light and shadow pt. 2
      12m 42s
    3. Painting light and shadow pt. 3
      9m 19s
    4. HDR + LDR
      5m 7s
    5. Reviewing sample images for inspiration
      11m 2s
  11. 48m 2s
    1. Sizing
      9m 8s
    2. Enlarging and reducing
      5m 3s
    3. Saving
      1m 24s
    4. Sharpening
      8m 23s
    5. Outputting an electronic file
      9m 4s
    6. Making a web gallery
      4m 17s
    7. Printing
      10m 43s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.