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Understanding file formats

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Video: Understanding file formats

One of the most common questions that I get, is what file format should I use when I'm working with my images? Well, if you are actually working on your images, then you'll want to use the PSD file type. That's the Photoshop Document, that's what PSD stands for. That file type, that's Photoshop's native file format. And that'll preserve all of your layers, your adjustment layers, and all that kind of stuff that's stored in that document. But if you're working with other people, you might not be able to get away with using a PSD file.

Understanding file formats

One of the most common questions that I get, is what file format should I use when I'm working with my images? Well, if you are actually working on your images, then you'll want to use the PSD file type. That's the Photoshop Document, that's what PSD stands for. That file type, that's Photoshop's native file format. And that'll preserve all of your layers, your adjustment layers, and all that kind of stuff that's stored in that document. But if you're working with other people, you might not be able to get away with using a PSD file.

So, let me show you some other alternatives when you're working in different situations. If I go to File, we could choose Save For Web. So, if you're going for the web, in any regards, you'll want to use Save For Web. But I'm going to assume for this tutorial, that you're not going to be doing that, so I'm going to choose Save As. Actually, don't worry about Export, it's Save As. And when we look at the format here at the drop down, Photoshop, you'll see that we tons for formats. And this is I think, why people ask that question so often because it can be overwhelming seeing all these different file types and not knowing what they do.

But the thing is that a lot of these are just really outdated and old. They're here just for, you know, to be compatible with old stuff. Like you really don't need to be worrying about them. Now, let me give you a few that it's kind of good to be aware of. large document format, for example, this sounds really generic but this is actually a Photoshop file, it's larger than 2 GB. So, if you get a really big print-sized document with tons and tons of layers, it's very possible that it will go over 2 GB. And if it does, Photoshop will not allow you to save it as a PSD, you'll need to save it as a PSB. I think of it as Photoshop big and that is the large document format. Another thing that's good to be aware of are formats typically used for printing. EPS, for example, is very common.

Better still, is Photoshop PDF. That is a great one for printing. And also Photoshop DCS 2.0. These are also used frequently for printing, although again, PDF really is becoming the standard. TIF is another really high quality image format. If you're not going to export your image with a bunch of layers and whatnot and you want to just kind of collapse it and send the image to a printer, TIF is the industry standard and its perfect quality, a really great file format to use.

And in the print industry, again, TIF is the gold standard. And actually TIF files are pretty powerful, they can have layers and a few other basic features. but you don't want to save your work in Photoshop. So, you want your work file to always be a PSD, then you want to export a copy as a TIF or any of these other formats as well. So, those are pretty much the big ones. Of course, there's the PNG, pronounced ping and JPEG and even GIF that we do for the web. But other than that, that's pretty much the really common formats that are used.

And again, I can't stress enough that whenever you get your formats, let's say somebody gives you a bunch of JPEGs and TIFFs to work with, then you want to put them into a Photoshop document and work on that and then, export to one of these other file formats. So, you never want to, let's say, get a JPEG and then work on the JPEG and then save it out as a JPEG again, you want to get the JPEG, and immediately save it as a Photoshop document. And then, you could export that as a JPEG, as a copy, not ever saving over that master Photoshop document.

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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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