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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 tif, eps, jpg, or even bmp. In fact, Photoshop lets you save files using over 18 different formats. The File Handling preferences provide several options that modify what information is saved with a file. Image previews are typically very small; add very little to the file size of the saved document. Once saved you will 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_circle1 Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, and then point to Preferences.
  • yellow_circle2 Click File Handling.
  • yellow_circle3 Select the File Saving Options you want to use:
    • Image Previews. Select 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 to append the file extension (Mac).

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

  • yellow_circle4 Select the File Compatibility options you want to use:
    • Prefer Adobe Camera Raw for JPEG Files (New!). Open JPEG files in Camera Raw.

    • Prefer Adobe Camera Raw for Supported Raw Files (New!). Open Raw supported 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 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.
    • Enable Large Document Format. Lets you create and save large files (up to 6 GB).

    • Maximize PSD File Compatibility. Lets you save .psd files that can be opened in earlier versions of the program.

  • yellow_circle5 Select the Enable Version Cue check box to save files compatible with Adobe Version Cue.
  • yellow_circle6 Enter the number of files (up to 30) to keep in the Recent File List box.
  • yellow_circle7 Click OK.
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