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Saving layers to PSD


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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: Saving layers to PSD

Let's talk about the primary file formats that you'll be using to save your images. Starting with the native PSD or Photoshop document format. And it features a pencil sketch I created years ago inside this over wrought frame. And all together we have a total of ten layers inside of this document. Also worth noting is the file size. If you take a look at this doc information in the lower left corner of the window, you'll see two values divided by a slash. The first value shows you how big the image would be in RAM if it were a flat image file with no layers whatsoever. The second much larger value shows you how big the image is in RAM, including all of its layers.
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  1. 38m 23s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 (CC 2014)
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC)
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening an image from Mini Bridge (CC)
      2m 39s
    7. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    8. Closing one image and closing all
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface
      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
      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 21s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 13s
    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
      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
      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 34s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast
      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 9s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 47s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 11s
    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
      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
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time
      49s

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7h 45m Beginner Jun 28, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2014

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Get the ultimate foundation in Adobe Photoshop CC, in this update to the flagship series Photoshop One-on-One. Deke takes you on a personalized tour of the basic tools and techniques that lie behind great images and graphic design, while keeping you up to speed with the newest features offered with Creative Cloud. Learn to open images from multiple sources, get around the panels and menus, and work with layers—the feature that allows you to perform masking, combine effects, and perform other edits nondestructively. Then Deke shows how to perform important editing tasks, such as cropping and straightening images, adjusting the luminance of your image, correcting color imbalances and enhancing color creatively, and finally, retouching and healing.

Topics include:
  • What is color correction?
  • Comparing RGB and CMYK color modes
  • Using grayscales and neutrals for color correction
  • Understanding pixels and bit depth
  • Evaluating and correcting images with histograms
  • Using nondestructive editing tools
  • Removing a color cast
  • Performing curve corrections in Camera Raw
  • Affecting creative adjustments
  • Retouching an image
  • Sharpening images
  • Preparing for print and web use
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Saving layers to PSD

Let's talk about the primary file formats that you'll be using to save your images. Starting with the native PSD or Photoshop document format. And it features a pencil sketch I created years ago inside this over wrought frame. And all together we have a total of ten layers inside of this document. Also worth noting is the file size. If you take a look at this doc information in the lower left corner of the window, you'll see two values divided by a slash. The first value shows you how big the image would be in RAM if it were a flat image file with no layers whatsoever. The second much larger value shows you how big the image is in RAM, including all of its layers.

This image consumes more than 430 megabytes in RAM, making it our biggest image so far. When you're creating layered compositions, whether they're big or not, you want to make sure to save at least one version of that file to the native PSD document. And, of course, preferably back up that file to a different hard drive as well. This file's already been saved to the PSD format. But let's imagine that we want to make a few changes. For example, I'm going to click on the top text layer and Shift+click on the next layer down. And notice, by the way, that it's name is truncated currently. But if I hover over that dot, dot, dot, I can see the name of the layer is plate. So let's say I don't want that nameplate.

So just go ahead and press the Backspace key or the Delete key on a Mac in order to get rid of those layers. Then with Sepia selected, I'll move down the list until I'm hovering over this layer called back, and I'll Shift+click on it. So in all we have five layers selected here at the top and that represents this group of layers right there, including the frame and the pencil sketch. And now press Control or Command+0 to zoom out. And let's say I want to center this group of layers inside the canvas. So I'll press Control+A or Command+A on the Mac, to select the entire image.

I'll switch to the Move tool, here at the top of the toolbox. And then, I'll go up to my Alignment options and click on a second icon in Align vertical centers, in order to produce that effect. And, finally, zoom back in a little bit. And notice this layer, right there, called royal violet. I'll turn it on, in order to convert the background from green to purple. Now let's go ahead and save our changes. Now, I could go to the File > Save. But then, when I had to close the file of course, I would end up losing that nameplate.

So what I tend to do instead, if I'm ever even the least bit curious that I might want to come back to an effect I've created in the past, I go ahead and choose Save As to save an alternate version of the file. It consumes additional disk space, of course. That can really end up saving your neck later. You have a keyboard shortcut for this command which is Ctrl+Shift+S or Cmd+Shift+S on a Mac. That brings up the Save As dialog box. Make sure that Format is set to Photoshop. That is .psd. If not, go ahead and select it from the list.

And then I'm going to rename my file violet variation. I've already created that file in advance so I'll just click on it to lift that name. And then I want to make sure that all of the check boxes except for as a copy are turned on. So what can happen sometimes in Photoshop is you've got a alpha channel that is the safe selection-er mask, we'll see those later. But when you go to save the file, for some reason the alphas channel check box is turned off. If that happens and you see this little alert message then as a copy will go on. That's not what you want, we'll see how as a copy works in the next movie, but when saving the PSD file, you want all checkboxes on so that you're saving every single thing that you can.

Then go ahead and click the Save button. In my case, Photoshop will ask me if I want to overwrite the existing file. I'm going to say OK because it's the exact same file I'm saving now. Then, very likely you'll get this alert message, that asks you if you want to maximize compatability and the checkbox is turned on by default. Here's what going on. If you leave the check box on, then Photoshop goes ahead and save the flat version of the image along with all the layers. Which makes the file more compatible with programs other than Photoshop.

That has nothing to do with Photoshop whatsoever. What it does have to do with is Lightroom and Premiere, and some non-Adobe applications. If you're working with Lightroom, for example, and you want to be able to preview your .psd files, then you have to leave this check box on. But if you don't use Lightroom or Premiere, for example you use Illustrator or Indesign or Bridge Were many of the created suite applications, or you're exclusive interested in being able to open up layer files inside Photoshop then turn this check box off and your file will be much smaller.

For example, where this file is concerned. With the checkbox off, it takes up 329 megs of room on disk. And that's down from 395 right now in memory, the reason being that Photoshop automatically applies some lossless compression. Nothing to worry about. However, if I turn this checkbox on, the file size grows to 434 megabytes. That's more than 100 megs. And that's a 32% increase. It can be as much as a 50% increase.

So, you can lose space on your hard drive very quickly if you leave this checkbox on when you don't need it. I'm going to go ahead and turn it off, and then I'll click OK. And you may have to wait a moment for the save to initiate. Notice this saving message down here in the lower left corner of the screen. Right now it's saying Saving 0%. Now it's going. One more note. Let's say you don't want to maximize compatibility in the future, and you don't want to see that alert message every time either. Then press Control+K or Command+K on a Mac, to bring up the Preferences dialog box.

Switch to File Handling over here on the left hand side of the screen. Drop down to this option, maximize PSD and PSB file compatibility. Right now it's set to ask. That's why we saw the alert message. If you want it to always save because you're working with Lightroom, then change it to always. If you want it to never save, which is my preference, then set it to never. And by the way, every PSD file that I'm providing to you and every PSD file that I've ever provided in my history of training people has been saved with never so that it gets smaller file sizes.

And now I'll go ahead and click OK to make that change. And that's how you save a layered document to the native PSD file format here in Photoshop.

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Q: This course was updated on 09/17/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. This includes everything from opening the program to retouching your photographs with the Healing and Content-Aware tools.
 
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