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Photoshop: Saving & Exporting

Version: Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Be aware that different versions of Photoshop will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guides: Photoshop: Images, Photoshop: Graphic Design


When a new document is created in Photoshop, a Photoshop file (.psd) is created. This is the file in which edits to an image are saved. Due to the non-destructive nature of Photoshop, edits made in the program will not alter the original image file. Always saves work as a .psd before saving as an image file. Save work often to avoid losing progress.

To save as a Photoshop document (.psd file):
  1. Navigate to File > Save. A new window will appear.
  2. Rename if desired and select the proper storage location.
  3. Under Format, select Photoshop.
  4. Ensure that the box next to Layers is selected. This will preserve all the layers and their edits.

After all edits are done and a .psd file is saved, save the document as an image file (JPEG, PNG, PDF, etc).

To save a Photoshop document as an image file:
  1. Navigate to File > Save As. A new window will appear.
  2. Rename the file and select a storage location.
  3. Select the desired file type in the Format drop-down menu.
  4. When dome, click Save. The file will be saved as the selected format.
    • A new window may appear, depending on the format selected. Configure any settings as desired, and click OK.


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Keywords:software, editing, images, photos, graphics, painting, drawing, save, export, PNG, JPG, .psd   Doc ID:86740
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2018-10-12 13:00 PDTUpdated:2020-09-25 13:31 PDT
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