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Chapter 3. Working with Preferences > Modifying File Handling Preferences

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 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

Click the Edit (Win) or Photoshop (Mac) menu, and then point to Preferences.

Click File Handling.

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.

Select the File Compatibility options you want to use:

  • Ignore EXIF SRGB 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.

Select the Version Cue check box to save files compatible with Adobe's new Version Cue Workgroup File Management System.

Enter the number of files (up to 30) to keep in the Recent Files List box.

IMPORTANT The recent file list is not a function of RAM; therefore increasing the number of recent files, will not impact Photoshop's performance.

Click OK.



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