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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
So, once you've done pretty much any amount of work in Photoshop, you're going to want to save your work. And here's the best way to do that. Now, we're not going to have a full conversation about file formats just yet in this movie. I just want to show you how to save your project your file. So, I'm going to go ahead and go to File in the File menu here, and I'm going to choose Save. Now, I haven't done any work here, anything worth saving, so it's not going to be enabled. I could choose Save As and save a different version or save this with a new name or in a different location.
What I'm going to do is create a new layer, so I can save it as normal. And now, we can save it. If I were to choose Save As, I would get a lot of choices here when it comes to formats. And again, we're not going to talk about this here, I just want you to be aware of it. But 99 times out 100, you're going to want to save this out as a Photoshop document. You're going to want the format to be Photoshop, because that's how you're going to save, not only your layers, but all of the things that Photoshop saves about an image. Maybe if you have custom swatches or a bunch of other things you could adjust in Photoshop that might not show up in your Layers panel or in your image itself that's going to save out your document.
So, the PSD file format is how you want to save your image. So, if you start working on a JPEG, for example, or a photo, you don't want to save the image out as a JPEG, unless that's how you're going to export it. You want to save your work, your actual work, the stuff you're doing, out as a Photoshop file, as a PSD file. For you to save all of the stuff you're doing in Photoshop, again, you want to save this as a Photoshop file with the PSD file format.
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