Photoshop: Saving Images

In Photoshop, saving works a bit differently
from other programs. Instead of working with one main file type (like a document in Word),
you’ll find several options to choose from, including JPEG, PSD, and more. If any of these formats sound unfamiliar,
that’s OK—I’m going to tell you more about them over the course this video. Ultimately,
the option you choose just depends on the project. Take this image for example. Here I have a simple photo that I took myself.
All I did was crop and rotate it; now I’d like to send a copy to my friends. A common
file type like JPEG or PNG would be a great choice for this—probably JPEG because that’s
better for high-quality photos. These file types can be viewed and edited on almost any
computer or device, so that makes them perfect for sharing with others. What if you had a photo that you put a little
more work into; for example, something with text or adjustment layers? If you only saved
it as a regular image, you wouldn’t be able to come back and re-edit those things later.
Luckily, Photoshop has a special format called PSD that’ll preserve your layers and other
important info. PSD files can only be opened in Photoshop, so if you plan to share the
image, you’ll just need to save a copy in one of the common formats too. No matter what format you plan to use, you’ll
find everything you need under File on the menu bar. If you’re saving an image for the
first time (or saving a new version), you’ll generally use Save As. This will give you
access to all the common file types, including PSD. This part of the process is pretty simple.
Just type a name for your file, then choose where you want it to be saved. If the original
file is in the same folder, and you don’t want it to be overwritten, just make sure
to use a different file name. When you’re done, go ahead and click the menu
here… and you can select the format you want. As you can see, there are lots of options
to choose from beyond what we’ve already talked about, including bitmap, GIF, and much more. In this case, we’re going to choose Photoshop
(also known as PSD), so we can keep editing the image later if we need to. With this option,
make sure Layers is checked… then click the Save button… and that’s all it takes.
Now you can save your progress anytime by going back to File… then clicking Save. Let’s take a look at Save for Web next. This
is a really good option if you’re planning to post the final image online; for instance,
on your blog, portfolio, or any other website. All you have to do is click… and you’ll
be taken to a special dialog box. As you can see, this works a little differently
from Save As. You’ll still find formats like JPEG and PNG to choose from, but this time,
you can optimize them for the web. You’ll also find other settings that’ll help you
prep the image for posting. If you go with JPEG, for instance, you can
customize the quality level. You may want to experiment with this while you watch the
preview on the left. The goal is to find the right balance between quality and a smaller
file size—that’s what really makes an image suitable for the web. The number below the
preview will tell you exactly what the file size is. Now, look closely at the tabs at the top of
the window. See them up here on the left? If you click the one that says 2-Up… you
can actually compare your changes to the original image. This is an easy way to make sure you
haven’t lost too much quality with the options you’ve chosen. In this example, the images
look pretty similar, but the file size on the new version is quite a bit smaller. You can also change the dimensions of your
image right here in the dialog box. This can be a good way to reduce the image if you’re
still struggling with file size. Just enter the width or height that you want, then press
Enter on your keyboard… and you can see the effect immediately. When you’re ready, go ahead and click Save…
then follow the usual steps of naming the file, and choosing a location. Now click Save one more time… and that’s
it. Ultimately, the saving option you choose will
vary from project to project. Sometimes you’ll save a copy in more than one format, like
we just did here. The best way to go about it is to think ahead, and try to imagine what
you’ll need from the image—both now and in the future. Soon the whole process of saving
will start to feel like second nature.

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