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Modifying File Handling Preferences

Sooner or later, you’ll have to save the file (document) you’ve created in Photoshop. The final output of any document is contained within a specific file format such as TIFF, EPS, JPEG, or BMP. In fact, Photoshop lets you save files using over 15 different formats. The File Handling preferences provide several options that modify what information is saved with a file. Image previews are typically very small, adding very little to the file size of the saved document. Once saved you may want to open, print, and possibly even modify the document using other image-editing applications. The File compatibility options help you save a file that will be transportable to other applications.

Work with File Handling Options

  • yellow_circle-01.jpg Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, and then point to Preferences.
  • yellow_circle-02.jpg Click File Handling.
  • yellow_circle-03.jpg Select the File Saving Options you want to use:
    • Image Previews. Select from: Always Save, Never Save, or Ask When Saving.

    • Icon. Saves previews of the images (Mac).

    • Full Size. Saves full-size previews for use as FPO (For Placement Only) objects in Desktop layout programs (Mac).

    • Mac Thumbnail. Saves previews viewable when using the Mac File Open command (Mac).

    • Win Thumbnail. Saves previews viewable when using the Win File Open command (Mac).

    • Append File Extension. Lets you choose whether or not to append the file extension (Mac).

    • Use Lower Case. Choose to have upper or lower case extensions.

  • yellow_circle-04.jpg Select the File Compatibility options you want to use:
    • Camera Raw Preferences Click to choose from options such as default image settings, cache size, DNG file handling, and whether or not to open JPEG and TIFF files with Camera Raw.

    • Prefer Adobe Camera Raw for Supported Raw Files. Open supported raw files in Camera Raw.

    • Ignore EXIF Profile Tag. Ignores color space metadata attached to digital camera images.

    • Ask Before Saving Layered TIFF Files. Lets you create multilayered documents, and then save them using the TIFF format.

      This is a distinct advantage when you need to use multilayered files and you don’t want to save them using Photoshop’s proprietary format (PSD).
    • Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility. Lets you save PSD files that can be opened in earlier versions of the program and PSB (Large Document Format) files.

  • yellow_circle-05.jpg Select the Enable Version Cue check box to enable Adobe Version Cue in your work process.
  • yellow_circle-06.jpg Enter the number of files (up to 30) to keep in the Recent File List box.
  • yellow_circle-07.jpg Click OK.
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