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7/23/2012 11:45:50 PM

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PSD saving

What do you do with your PSD 's after you've created the jpg? Do you delete it? Save it forever? I started saving mine ,But Im not sure if its necessary.
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7/24/2012 3:28:04 AM

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Depends how large your average PSD file is. I knew some members who were saving PSD files for all their chops, and after years of chopping it absolutely filled their hard drives!
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7/24/2012 4:01:50 AM

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I always delete mind after a contest is over , for me theres no sense in keeping the PSD file anymore , plus like Vlad said, it fills up wasted space on your drive .
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7/24/2012 10:34:57 AM

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Mine are huge.. I think ill delete them, I can always rework the larger ,, jpg,, thanks guys,,
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7/24/2012 3:24:20 PM

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On 7/24/2012 10:34:57 AM, preemiememe said:
Mine are huge.. I think ill delete them, I can always rework the larger ,, jpg,, thanks guys,,

I come from the school of thought: Save everything, you never know when you're going to need it. This comes from working in television for a long time, where jokes are recycled constantly Having easy access to isolated objects left in separate layers was key in saving valuable time.
The files can be stored on an external hard drive, or on blue ray dvd you can also, to preserve space, save just the flattened final image as a tif file and keeping all of your selection channels, to make it easier if you want to reuse a particular item within a certain file. We would always spend our down time sorting through our many work files, and consolidating and saving them according to how we felt we may best reuse any part of them in the future. This, of course, may not apply to everything done for FN, but I think overall I've learned through experience, that for me, it's a good practice to maintain. (Or maybe I'm just a "pack-rat" LOL)
I have almost 200 FN chop folders with multiple files, each with multiple layers and channels, that are stored on an external HD with plenty of room for more.
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7/25/2012 9:56:29 AM
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10 Reasons to Save Your Work as a PSD File.

1. You Never Lose All of the Time You Already Spent. (Meaning? Object Rotoscoping, Effects, Layer, Paths, Etc.)

2. You Can Easily Re-Edit After the Fact if You Find a Flaw in You Work.

3. PSD Objects can Be Imported to Other Programs Like Non-Linear Video Editing Applications to be Used in Videos, Or GIF Animation Programs.

4. You Can Always Re-Edit Your Text, for Spelling or Message Errors.

5. If Someone Ever Stole You Work, and Claimed it as Their Own? You would have All of the Resource Files to Prove it Was Your Work. (See: Copyright)

6. You Can Share Your PSD Files with Other as Teaching Aids, to Show How You Achieved a Specific Effect. (I Don't Know About You? But, When I Photoshop Something New, I Always try to Incorporate some New Technique that I haven't tried, to Expand My Knowledge Base of Photoshop. (Techniques, Effects, Etc.)

7. You Can Save, Resize, and Convert Your PSD to Almost Any Other Image Format, (Tiff, Jpeg, RGB, CYMK, for Printing or Publication)

8. You Can Maintain 'Alpha Channel' Information. (Areas of Image Transparency or Object Isolation)

9. You Can Always Save Your Work to Previously Saved Versions, by Turning On/Off Layers and Effects. (Sometimes? ...I Get an Image to Just Perfect? ...and then Decide to Make it Better, and Mess the Whole Thing Up!) A PSD can Save You Lots of Work if You Decide You've Gone Too Far.

10. PSD Stands For (Post Traumatic Stress Dis-Order) Without The Trauma.

by Tracy Mapes

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7/25/2012 10:08:54 AM

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ok ive decided,, I saved Howard stern related chops (of course ),,, and heads,, haha and unfinished work.. i think i saved a hundred gigs,,,

[Edited by User on 7/25/2012 10:08:34 AM]
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7/31/2012 10:43:14 AM

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I keep all my PSD files. Sometimes you may need some sources of previous work.
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7/31/2012 1:31:10 PM

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i tend to take photos that are four thousand pictures, and then, bc they are so terrible, i try to photoshop them into professional quality.
i used to keep every single psd regardless.
but i just the other day learned how horrible that is. i got to critical memory shortage and then, due to something really weird, when i tried copying it was saving every copy on the clipboard.
so, the more space i freed up, the less space i had.
i couldn't save the contest entry i had open. and it was three oclock.
i had to shut everything down and lose all my progress start all over again.
it sucked.
don't let yourself get that far. if you didn't like the work that much, trash it. it's not like you could'nt do it again.
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8/1/2012 7:15:45 AM

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I save psd files, since they are a lossless format aka master files. Jpegs are not.

Storage is cheap...
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8/14/2012 3:30:11 PM

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I throw them away, keep the jogs. I get better and better, for ME, chances that I'd go back and want something are so small and yes, digital storage is inexpensive -- maintaining all those external HDs takes real estate that I don't have.

Besides, you'd also need an incredible database or great memory to recall exactly what chop you used X in. I'm too old to have a great memory.
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