48. Save an Image in Photoshop Format (PSD)
Before You Begin
47 About Saving Images
49 Save an Image in TIFF Format
50 Compress an Image Using GIF Format
51 Compress an Image Using JPEG Format
52 Save an Image in PNG Format
After copying files from a digital camera onto your computer, or scanning images using a scanner, your first step should be to perform some type of backup. Typically, this involves burning copies of the image files onto a CD-R. See 5 Import Images from a Digital Camera for how to bring images into the catalog from your camera, and 14 Back Up the Organizer Catalog for help on making the backup copies of the catalog and its images.
After importing an image into the catalog, backing it up, and beginning work on any touchups, you will most likely want to open the image in the Editor and save it in the Photoshop image format (PSD). Doing so ensures that you have access to all of the Editor's features, such as layers, transparency, vector objects, and masking, while also preserving the integrity of your original image's data. As you work on an image, you might want to save it at various stages to which you can return later on.
Although you can undo any work while a file is still open, saving intermediate stages of a final work enables you to easily return to a branching-off point, even days later. To save your work at some particular stage, choose File, Duplicate from the Editor menu. Type a name for the new file if you like, or accept the name the Editor suggests. Continue making changes to the new file (which is actually only a temporary file at this point), and when you save it, you'll be able to add it to the Organizer and stack it in a version set with the image's previous stages.
Photoshop Elements fully supports EXIF, which means that you will not lose important digital camera data when you save your original file in Photoshop format.
Instead of using the File, Duplicate command to create versions of your working image as you continue to edit, you can choose File, Save As and enable the As a Copy option.
Choose File, Save As
After opening an image in the Editor, and before making any changes, choose File, Save As from the menu bar. The Save As dialog box appears.
As you periodically save the changes to the image that you've already saved once in Photoshop format, when you choose File, Save from the menu or click the Save button on the Shortcuts bar, the Editor responds by silently resaving your image and not bothering you with any other dialog boxes. Resaving an image in this manner does not create a new version, but simply overwrites the current file. If you're working in PSD format, that's what you want, unless you want to save a version of the working file at some stage, as explained in the introduction to this task.
Choose Photoshop Type
From the Format drop-down list, choose Photoshop (*.PSD;*.PDD).
Set Other Options
Select other options as needed. For example, to save this edited copy with a different filename and group it with the original file in the catalog, enable the Save in Version Set with Original check box. See 47 About Saving Images for help in selecting options.
If desired, change the filename displayed in the File name text box. Normally, you do not have to do this because the file will automatically have a different file extension than the original file (the file extension changes because you've chosen a different file type).
If you have several photos that are similar to one anotherespecially if you shot a grouping of the same subjects at approximately the same timeyou can have the Editor make the same corrections to all of them simultaneously, and automatically save the results (using PSD format, if you like). See 61 for details.
Click the Save button. If you see a note reminding you that you're saving this image as part of a version set, click OK to continue. The image is saved in PSD format. Make your changes to the image and save the file again. Before printing, emailing, uploading to the Internet, or using in a creation, you should probably convert the PSD image to a format that's smaller, easier to work with, and compatible with its ultimate purpose. See 49 Save an Image in TIFF Format, 50 Compress an Image Using GIF Format, 51 Compress an Image Using JPEG Format, or 52 Save an Image in PNG Format.