Digital Scrapbook Memories

Saving Files in Photoshop

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This tip works on any version of Photoshop including Elements. Similar programs will do similar things.

Ready to save your file? Click on File (in the drop-down menu) then Save As. Get in the habit of always choosing Save As instead of save so you never accidentally save changes to your original picture.

Save As

Choose the file you want to save your scrapbook page or document to. I created a scrapbook file for all of mine. Enter the file name then choose the format you want to save in. As you can see there are a lot of options but the ONLY two we want you to remember are jpg and psd. As you become more advanced you may use the other formats but most people never will.

Why save as a PSD?
A PSD is a file that has all the layers intact. All your layers will be saved if you ever have to come back to make changes. The downside to a PSD is you can’t send a PSD to the photo lab (it must be a JPG) and PSDs are huge in file size. If you don’t have a lot of room on your computer you may want to save all your PSDs on disk.

Why save as a JPG?
A JPG flattens the document. It saves your scrapbook page as a flat picture (no layers). The benefits to saving as a JPG is that the file size is much smaller than a PSD and this is the file type your photo lab needs for printing. I usually save in both formats but you don’t need to if you don’t have space on your computer.