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Chapter 17. Workflow > Step 14—Save Master File

Step 14—Save Master File

At this stage, I consider the image to be just about done. The only thing that is left is to organize and clean up the Layers palette view of the image and then save the image. This is when I'll start to look through the Layers palette and throw away any layers that don't contribute to the end result I've obtained. If there are any hidden layers that I don't want to trash, I'll apply color coding to them so I can easily tell which layers should be visible (so I don't accidently turn on a layer that shouldn't be seen in the end result). I'll also go through and name each of the layers so I can tell how they contribute to the image. You never know when you might have to return to the document and make changes (possibly years later when you've forgotten all about how the image was made). I also try to simplify the Layers palette view by grouping layers into folders or Smart Objects (Figures 17.40 and 17.41). I'll also re-evaluate the initial cropping I applied near the beginning of this workflow to see if I need to crop out additional areas.

Figure 17.40. Returning to work on a complex document months later can be quite a headache if you don't name and organize your layers.



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