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Setting File Handling Preferences

Sooner or later, you’ll have to save the file (document) you’ve created in Photoshop. Photoshop lets you save files using different formats, including TIFF, EPS, JPEG, or BMP. The File Handling preferences provide several options that modify what information is saved with a file. You can also set options to automatically save the file based on a time interval or save the file in the background, which allows you to keep working while Photoshop saves behind the scenes; a progress information appears in the Document tab and Status bar. If Photoshop crashes unexpectedly, the program automatically tries to recover and open your 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 use or save a file, including Camera Raw (New!), that will be transformed in Photoshop or transportable to other applications.

Work with File Handling Options

  • yellow_1.jpg Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, point to Preferences, and then click File Handling.
  • yellow_2.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).
    • Windows Thumbnail. Saves previews viewable when using the Win File Open command (Mac).
    • Append File Extension. Choose whether or not to append the file extension (Mac).
    • Use Lower Case (Mac) or File Extension (Win). Choose to have upper or lower case extensions.
    • Save As To Original Folder. Saves the file to original folder as the default.
    • Save in Background. Photoshop automatically saves in the background while you work.
    • Automatically Save Recovery Information Every. Saves document information for recovery based on an interval.
  • yellow_3.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.
    • Use Adobe Camera Raw to Convert Documents from 32 bit to 16/8 bit. Converts 32-bit raw documents to 16/8-bit (New!).
    • Ignore EXIF Profile Tag. Ignores color space metadata attached to digital camera images.
    • Ignore Rotation Metadata. Ignore metadata attached to digital camera images.
    • Ask Before Saving Layered TIFF Files. Lets you create multi-layered documents, and then save them using the TIFF format.
    • This is a distinct advantage when you need to use multi-layered files and you don’t want to save them using Photoshop’s proprietary format (PSD).
    • Disable Compression of PSD and PSB Files. Disables compression of files.
    • 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_4.jpg Select the Enable Adobe Drive check box to enable Adobe Drive in your work process.
  • yellow_5.jpg Enter the number of files (up to 30) to keep in the Recent File List box.
  • yellow_6.jpg Click OK.
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