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Once you've prepared and image for printing using a typical outlook workflow that involves making a copy of your master image. Flattening it in the process resizing it and sharpening it your ready to print the image. Sometimes I'II simply print that derivative image keeping the master image safely stored on my hard drive, but then closing the derivative image without saving it. In other cases, I'll save the derivative image so that, for example, I can print it very easily again in the future at the same size with all the same settings. Or so I can send that image to someone else to be printed or used in a project. In those cases I'll want to save the image with quality in mind and for that I typically use the TIFF file format.
I've already prepared this image for output, I've resized the image in this case to a relatively small print size. I've also sharpened the image so I'm ready to save it so I can send it to someone else. I'll go ahead and choose File > Save As from the menu. And this will give me the opportunity to determine where I want to save the image, what file name I want to give it, and what file format I want to use for example. I'll go ahead and save the image on my desktop, I'll also give it a name that reflects its image size. This is a five inch by three inch image approximately so instead of just tulips I'll call it tulips five by three.
I'll then specify a file format, and when I'm saving an image to be printed by someone else. Or when I'm saving the image that I want to print later myself I use the TIFF file format. That's in large part because the TIFF file format is a well established standard supported by most imaging software. And also because the TIFF file format provides LZW compression which helps reduce the overall file size. So I'll select the TIFF file format option, I'll also make sure that the ICC profile check box is turned on.
So that the color information about this photo is contained inside the image itself. I'll then go ahead and click the Save button that will bring up the TIFF Options dialog. And because I'm working with a flattened image, the only setting I need to concern myself with is image compression. For that I recommend using the LZW option, which will help reduce the overall file size. With that setting established I'll click OK, and the image is saved, in this case, to my desktop. I'll go ahead and minimize Photoshop and you can see that sure enough, the tulips image with the five by three indicator in it's filename, is saved to my desktop.
Ready for me to send to someone else so they can print it or use it in a project for example.
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