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How to save in Photoshop


Archiving is the process of placing files and folders in a special “compressed” file, which, as a rule, takes up much less space on your hard drive.

Due to this, much more information can be recorded on any medium, this information is faster to transmit over the Internet, which means archiving will always be in demand!

In this article, we will consider how to archive a file or folder on a computer, as well as the most popular programs for archiving.

Windows Backup

If you have a modern version of Windows (Vista, 7, 8), then its explorer has the ability to work directly with compressed zip folders. It is very convenient and allows you to quickly and easily compress many types of files. Let's take a look at the steps of how to do this.

Let's say we have a document file (Word). Its real size is 553 Kb.

1) To archive such a file, right-click on it, then select the "send / compressed zip folder" tab in the explorer context menu. See the screenshot below.

2) That's it! The archive should be ready. If you go into its properties, you will notice that the size of such a file has decreased by about 100 Kb. A little, but if you compress megabytes, or gigabytes of information - the savings can become very significant!

By the way, the compression of this file was 22%. Explorer built into Windows makes it easy to work with such compressed zip folders. Many users do not even realize that they are dealing with archived files!

Archiving by programs

To archive zip folders alone is not enough. Firstly, there are already given more advanced formats that allow you to compress the file even more (in this regard, an interesting article about comparing archivers: -ili-7z /). Secondly, not all operating systems support direct work with archives. Thirdly, the speed of the OS with archives can not always suit. Fourth, additional functions when working with archives will not hurt anyone.

One of the most popular programs for archiving files and folders is WinRar, 7Z and the file commander - Total Commander.

After installing the program in the context menu, it will be possible to add files to archives. To do this, right-click on the files, and select the function, as shown in the screenshot below.

Next, a window with the basic settings should appear: here you can specify the degree of file compression, give it a name, put a password for the archive, and much more.

The created “Rar” archive compressed the file even more strongly than “Zip”. True, the program spends more time working with this type ...

A very popular archiver with a high degree of file compression. Its new “7Z” format allows you to compress certain types of files stronger than WinRar! Working with the program is very simple.

After installation, the explorer will have a context menu with 7z, you just have to choose the option to add a file to the archive.

Then set the settings: compression ratio, name, passwords, etc. Click on “OK” and the archive file is ready.

By the way, as mentioned, 7z is not much, but it is compressed more strongly than all previous formats.

In what format to save the file?

PSD. This is the standard Photoshop file format. In it, you save your file so that you can continue to work at any time. In PSD format, you cannot show your friends (parents, girlfriend, etc.) the photo or graphic that you drew. This format can only be opened with Photoshop.

Jpg. The format is great for photographs and other graphic images. Before saving in Photoshop, you can optimize the saved JPG file - this means you can adjust the image quality so that the file size suits you. The format opens on any computers and phones. A good solution is to show photos to relatives, forward the schedule for work, save the background for the site, etc.

PNG. It is mainly used by designers for graphics on websites, online advertising (banners), graphics for mobile applications, etc. The format is noteworthy in that it supports transparency in the image. If you want to save the object on a transparent background, save it in PNG.

GIF. This format is used if you want to save the animation. For example, an animated banner, smiley, short video or sticker. Remember the well-known gifs walking on the Internet - this is exactly the format.

How to save to PSD

FileSave (CTRL + S)

Once you are ready to save your work in Photoshop, follow this simple command through the menu.

Name the file and select the PSD format (usually selected by default).

If you want to save to another file with a different name - use the command FileSave as.

How to save in jpg

  1. Run the command File - Save.
  2. Choose format Jpg.

After that, a window will appear where you can configure the settings of the saved file.

Here you can adjust the quality of the photo by setting the value Quality from 1 to 12.

Check the option for viewing and you will see how the quality of the photo changes when you change the setting Quality.

In addition, you immediately see how much the file will weigh when you save it. The smaller the file, the faster you can send it over the Internet, the faster it will be downloaded from another user. Remember that no one likes to wait a long time for downloading photos on the Internet, especially via a mobile phone.

A variation of the format is best left Progressive. Now we will not go into technical details, but this option is the most optimal.

How to save in PNG

Save photos in PNG is not necessary. Use this format if you need to qualitatively save a picture with a transparent background.

File - Export - Save for Web (old version)

A window appears with the settings for the saved image.

Choose PNG-24 format - this will be a high-quality image with the smallest file weight and with all colors.

Check the box. Transparencyso that the picture is with a transparent background.

Options - Interlaced and Inline Profile must be removed since This is an unnecessary and unnecessary load on the file.

a picture with a transparent background saved in Photoshop

How to save as GIF

File - Export - Save for Web (old version)

Choose GIF format.

GIF format seriously compresses the image in colors and, accordingly, in the weight of the file. A maximum of 256 colors are available.

Do not forget to check the box opposite Transparencyso that there is a transparent background, if needed.

Adaptive the color model is the best when you need to keep it in maximum quality.

Dithering I set 100%, in this case the gradient transitions are smoother.

If you have an animation in a gif, then you can adjust its number of repetitions. Usually put Many timesso that the animation is endlessly repeating.

Now you know how to save in Photoshop using the most popular formats. Still have questions? I invite you to comment.

Basic information

All three commands can be executed through the File menu:

The Save command allows you to save the document in the format in which it was originally opened. It is recommended to use it in the case when you are editing the image, so that in the event of a program freeze, not to lose results. The next command, Save As, will be most useful to you, it allows you to choose the format of the save, quality and name. The Save for Web & Devices command is useful for saving images of web resources or devices, allowing you to greatly compress and resize images. To study the settings of this command, you will need a separate lesson.

Saving a JPEG File

One of the most common formats of our time. Received great popularity for the fact that even with a small size it retains colors well. JPEGs support almost all multimedia devices and all web browsers.

To save the image in this format, select File - Save As, then a window with the save settings will open, which will be described in detail below:

  1. At the top there is a window for choosing where to save your hard drive.
  2. Change file name
  3. In the Format field, you can select the format for the file. Select JPEG format and click save.

You will see a window with the file settings:

In the Image Options section, you can select the quality and degree of compression: Low (Medium), Medium (High), High (High) and Maximum (Maximum). The easiest way to do this is with the slider. Remember that the greater the compression, the worse the quality. The file size is indicated on the left. In the Format Options section, you can choose one of three compression methods:

  • Baseline Standart This compression method is the most common, ideally understood format for devices and web browsers.
  • Baseline Optimizes (Basic optimized) method that allows you to compress the image, but at the same time maintain clarity and color.
  • Progressive (by saving this method) the image will not be loaded line by line, but in several passes as it is loaded. Each of them will display the full image, improving from passage to passage. Some browsers and devices do not work well with it.

Leave the Baseline Standart and click OK.

Saving a file in PSD format

When saving a file in PSD format, all editing processes are saved, including layers, masks, filters, etc. Therefore, if you open this format in Photoshop, you can easily make changes.

Select File again - Save as. In the window that opens, in the Format field, select PSD:

The article Formats of graphic files describes in more detail about image formats.