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Photoshop: Saving & Exporting

Version: Adobe Photoshop CC 2021. Be aware that different versions of Photoshop will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guides: Photoshop: Images, Photoshop: Graphic Design



When a new Photoshop document is created, it’s saved as a Photoshop file, “.psd”. However, when an image is opened with Photoshop, it remains as an image file, such as a PNG. We recommend to always save projects as Photoshop documents to avoid altering the original image.


To save as a Photoshop document (.psd file):
  1. Navigate to File > Save. A new window will appear.
  2. Enter a name in the Save As field.
  3. Select a storage location.
  4. Click the Format drop-down, and select "Photoshop."
  5. When done, click "Save."
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. Enter a name in the Save As field.
  3. Select a storage location.
  4. Click the Format drop-down, and select the desired file type (PNG, etc).
  5. When done, 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:2021-07-08 15:45 PDT
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