Join Steve Caplin for an in-depth discussion in this video Exporting photographic images, part of Affinity Photo Essential Training.
- When you're working in Affinity Photo all your layers contribute to make up the final image. When you want to send that to someone else, you're going to want to flatten this most of the time and you don't want to send them all the layers. To do that, you have to export the file. The quickest way to do that is to go to the File menu and choose Export. And this dialogue comes up. There are several different formats we can use here so let's take a look through them.
The most common format is JPEG. The JPEG file format is known as lossy, which means you trade off a little bit of image quality for the sake of greatly reduced files. So this is the size at which we made this document, 2,750 pixels by 1743. That just happens to be the size we're working on because that was the size of the background. If we want to save this for the web, we're going to want to reduce this size. Click on the word Size, the field is selected for us, and now we can type in say 800 pixels.
And when I hit Enter, that then scales down the height in proportion. The estimated file size at the bottom here we can see has dropped from the five megabytes it was before down to 466 K. That's still quite high for web delivery. We could choose a smaller quality, High, which is quality 85, medium and so on and as we do so you can see how the estimated file size drops significantly.
You can always click and drag in here of course to set exactly the quality that you want. There's no preview of it in photo so you can't see the changes that you're making, but if you choose to export... you'll get the familiar dialogue appearing and you just click Save. To check it out, just open the file. Here's a quick way of doing it. Open up the Media Browser.
Drag your export folder into this window and then everything you export will appear listed below. Here's the image and you can see that at 50% quality, we've lost some of the quality there, but it's a trade-off, as I said, between file size and quality. You could choose to export it in a variety of different ways. For an image that's photographic or illustrative like this one, then as well as JPEG you might want to choose TIFF, which is a lossless format that keeps all the data at the expense of a significantly larger file size and you can resize it here if you want to.
If you save it as a PSD, that's a Photoshop document, then you save all your layers intact and you can see this now comes to a full 43 megabytes as a PSD. The PSD format isn't just for taking items into Photoshop, it's for taking them into other programs that use the Photoshop format. We'll look at the other file formats next.
- Using Affinity Photo's raw controls
- Applying lens correction
- Removing chromatic aberration and fringing
- Reducing noise and sharpening photos
- Making and modifying selections in Affinity Photo
- Creating layer masks
- Making global adjustments
- Adjusting shadows and highlights
- Enhancing color
- Converting to black and white
- Applying standard and live filters
- Creating photomontages in Affinity Photo
- Working with image stacks
- Distorting images
- Exporting photos from Affinity Photo
Skill Level Beginner
1. Using the Raw Controls
2. Using Selection Tools
3. Advanced Selection Tools
4. Using Adjustments
5. Working with Filters
6. Creating Photomontages
7. Distortion and Special Effects
Distorting with Mesh Warp2m 18s
8. Text and Graphics
9. Exporting Images
Using the Export Persona2m 37s
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