Learn how to save a PSD—the native file format of Photoshop.
- [Instructor] Now that you've had your basic orientation to the Photoshop interface, it's time for us to create the file that we'll be using throughout this chapter to develop a few basic Photoshop skills. If we go to the File menu and choose New, then if you have this kind of dialog, choose form the Print profile A4. If you can't see A4 there, click on the view or presets, and it will be inside of the list there.
Otherwise in the dialog that you have, enter the values of 210 millimeters wide, 297 millimeters high, at 300 pixels per inch, and RGB Color 8 bit with a white background. Whatever color profile you have will be just fine, I'm sure, and square pixels. If you're happier in an alternate set of units, then you can change that just here. But I'll giving all of my directions in millimeters for this exercise.
Hit Create, and your file is ready. What we're going to do though is save it straightaway so we can add to this and build out a file throughout the chapter. Once again, up to the File menu, you'll need to choose Save As. Then find a location for the file. I'm going to go out to my desktop and create a new folder, and I'll call this Ps exercise like so. Then save this as MassifeAd.psd.
We'll use the Photoshop format because it's widely accepted not only by Creative Cloud applications but by some others as well. As we're to have layers in here and other things like layer masks and type layers, it makes sense for us to use that format. Choose Save, and that's it. We're ready to move on to the next exercise.
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