Saving Files

 

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

 

Lesson Info

Saving Files

So along with interfacing and talking about the interface and talking about this Creative Cloud, dig into this and just see what's offered to you. You have this capability, you can dive into this, you can take a look at this, you also have this ability to save some of your files there, But one thing that we do need to talk about also while we're in this interface is saving files and file saving and methods for saving files. So the big question usually comes up, okay you got this layered document now, this layered document that you see here, what do we save it as? Do we save it as a TIFF, do we save it as a JPEG. Do we save it as a PNG, what do we wanna save this as? Well, the big thing to think about is what are you gonna do with it? So, not just what am I gonna save it as, but what is the intended purpose for that when I'm done? If it's, you want to maintain all of the layered document data, I recommend doing what's called a PSD file. So if I were to go up to File, on this image speci...

fically, and say Save As, and look down here at Save As type, you see all the different types that I can save this as. If I save this as a PSD, it will save all of the layered content within that file in that PSD file. It won't save the history states but it will save all that layered data. So if I do any color-grading, if I do any curves or adjustment layers, all that is saved in that, even masking, no matter what I'm saving, it's saved in that PSD file. Like-wise you can do the same thing with a TIFF. A TIFF is a lossless compression way of saving your images. But if I save this as a TIFF, not only is it going to save all those layers, it's gonna make it huge. So if we had a 150 megabyte PSD file, depending on how much content is in each one of those layers and it's all dependent on the content, that TIFF could be 300 megabytes. So if you are doing layered work, I highly suggest saving it as a PSD because that is Photoshop's primary, what do you call it, it's their primary, I'm losing it, it's their primary, proprietary, it's their proprietary file for saving images, to have layers in them. If you save it as a JPEG, if anything was done in 16 bits, so if you went from 16 bits in Adobe Camera Roll over to Photoshop and you're working in 16 bit in Photoshop and save it as a JPEG, it's automatically gonna be saved as 8 bit, so you're gonna lose all of that other data, because it is a, it's not a lossless compression. It is a compressed file. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that JPEGs are bad. It just means that JPEGs have a certain purpose, and that purpose is typically, you're done, you're good, you're finalized, right? This is beautiful, it's perfect, send it off to the printer. A JPEG can be good for that. Also, sharing your documents with clients, do you wanna give them your RAW files? No. One, copyright purposes. Two, they wouldn't know what to do with the RAW file, because a RAW file in and of itself is just a collection of data that isn't actually an image. You have to think of a RAW file as a negative. That is a digital negative. If you were to do portrait work in the analog days and someone said "Can I see that picture?", you say yeah sure, and you give them the negative, that's not the picture. So you don't wanna share those RAW files, you would save that out as a JPEG. The other one that we commonly will see is a PNG file. Which typically, a PNG is something that you will do if you're working with transparencies and you wanna maintain those transparencies. So, with this image for instance, if I were, see how that has the checkerboard block in the back, and you can still see some of that checkerboard block underneath? That's essentially telling it me that that is transparent data. So if I were to save this as a JPEG, that transparent data would be flattened down and turned into a white background. If I were to save it as a PNG, all of that transparency data remains the same. So, logos for instance, if you're doing a logo for a company and you send them the logo and it's on a white background, they're not gonna want it on a white background, they're more than likely gonna want it in a PNG form. So you have to the difference between PNG, JPG, TIFF. If you want lossless, so that image doesn't lose a whole lot of quality, you can use a TIFF, save it out as a TIFF, some printers, depending on the printer, might want a TIFF, that's where you would save it as a TIFF. So a RAW file, what do you save a RAW file as? Well most RAW files haves something, an identifier that identifies them as a Sony RAW file, Canon RAW File, Olympus RAW file, Sony's ARW, CR2 for Canon, you can't really actually save the RAW file. But you can save it as Adobe's proprietary DNG file. And a DNG is a digital negative, and that's a proprietary thing that works on all things. So if I have a Sony A7R3 and I give someone that RAW file, they haven't updated some of their software in a long time, they might see a pink screen because there RAW editor that they're using doesn't allow them to see that RAW data. So if I saved it as a DNG first, and then sent it to them, they'd be able to see it because DNG is like a JPEG. Think of DNG as the universal RAW file save, just like JPEG, with the universal flattened image state. So I know in this lesson we covered quite a bit, we covered setting up our interface from scratch, setting it up from zero. And the reason why I really wanted you to get that, is just, not only for your knowledge of where to find these things, but also setting this up to make you the most efficient you possibly can. Another kind of trick there is, if you accidentally nub the tab key everything disappears, and I need you to know that, because this happened to me the other day, I accidentally pressed tab and didn't realize what I had done, I was like "oh my god, where my windows go? Where did everything go?" Well, tab, and it's all back. But what I ended up doing was, instead of pressing tab, I went up to window and I turned everything back on. So that's a good tip to know, I should've added that in the very beginning there, but we talked about windows, we talked about toolbars, we talked about the menus, setting up your preferences, saving all of this out so that you a saved workspace that you can always go back to and we even touched on libraries that we have with our Creative Cloud subscription, and we also talked about saving files. So do I have any questions on this topic? So, I had a question about saving, when we're saving something in a PSD or in a TIFF, you said that, so it saves the layers, so does that mean you can then open that TIFF and it'll show all of the layers if you're not opening it from your CC? Yes Okay. Absolutely Okay So the question was does a TIFF open up with layers if you've saved it from one version to another, yes. So if you had a TIFF file of a PSD file, those are universal files that contain that data, so it's not just for your computer, that would be for any one of them, so if you had a PSD file, had layers in it and you shot it over to me with a thumb drive, I could plug that in, I could open it up and I'd see all your layered work. I wouldn't see your history states obviously but I'd see all your layered work. Okay, and you could then go in and edit those, Absolutely Layers yourself. Absolutely, that's why you wouldn't give a PSD or a TIFF file to a client. Right. You would reserve that for yourself and you would give them something like a JPEG.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop® expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop®. Topics covered will include:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop® prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018

Lessons

1Bootcamp Introduction 2The Bridge Interface 3Setting up Bridge 4Overview of Bridge 5Practical Application of Bridge 6Introduction to Raw Editing 7Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface 8Global Tools Part 1 9Global Tools Part 2 10Local Tools 11Introduction to the Photoshop Interface 12Toolbars, Menus and Windows 13Setup and Interface 14Adobe Libraries 15Saving Files 16Introduction to Cropping 17Cropping for Composition in ACR 18Cropping for Composition in Photoshop 19Cropping for the Subject in Post 20Cropping for Print 21Perspective Cropping in Photoshop 22Introduction to Layers 23Vector & Raster Layers Basics 24Adjustment Layers in Photoshop 25Organizing and Managing Layers 26Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes 27Screen and Multiply and Overlay 28Soft Light Blend Mode 29Color and Luminosity Blend Modes 30Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes 31Introduction to Layer Styles 32Practical Application: Layer Tools 33Introduction to Masks and Brushes 34Brush Basics 35Custom Brushes 36Brush Mask: Vignettes 37Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn 38Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation 39Mask Groups 40Clipping Masks 41Masking in Adobe Camera Raw 42Practical Applications: Masks 43Introduction to Selections 44Basic Selection Tools 45The Pen Tool 46Masks from Selections 47Selecting Subjects and Masking 48Color Range Mask 49Luminosity Masks Basics 50Introduction to Cleanup Tools 51Adobe Camera Raw 52Healing and Spot Healing Brush 53The Clone Stamp Tool 54The Patch Tool 55Content Aware Move Tool 56Content Aware Fill 57Custom Cleanup Selections 58Introduction to Shapes and Text 59Text Basics 60Shape Basics 61Adding Text to Pictures 62Custom Water Marks 63Introduction to Smart Objects 64Smart Object Basics 65Smart Objects and Filters 66Smart Objects and Image Transformation 67Smart Objects and Album Layouts 68Smart Objects and Composites 69Introduction to Image Transforming 70ACR and Lens Correction 71Photoshop and Lens Correction 72The Warp Tool 73Perspective Transformations 74Introduction to Actions in Photoshop 75Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface 76Making Your First Action 77Modifying Actions After You Record Them 78Adding Stops to Actions 79Conditional Actions 80Actions that Communicate 81Introduction to Filters 82ACR as a Filter 83Helpful Artistic Filters 84Helpful Practical Filters 85Sharpening with Filters 86Rendering Trees 87The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters 88Introduction to Editing Video 89Timeline for Video 90Cropping Video 91Adjustment Layers and Video 92Building Lookup Tables 93Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type 94ACR to Edit Video 95Animated Gifs 96Introduction to Creative Effects 97Black, White, and Monochrome 98Matte and Cinematic Effects 99Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades 100Gradients 101Glow and Haze 102Introduction to Natural Retouching 103Brightening Teeth 104Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool 105Cleaning and Brightening Eyes 106Advanced Clean Up Techniques 107Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization 108ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits 109Portrait Workflow Techniques 110Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization 111Landscape Workflow Techniques 112Introduction to Compositing & Bridge 113Composite Workflow Techniques 114Landscape Composite Projects 115Bonus: Rothko and Workspace 116Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos 117Bonus: The Mask (Extras) 118Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR

Reviews

a Creativelive Student
 

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Esther Gambrell
 

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!

Sonya Messier
 

I'm been using Bridge, Adobe Raw and Photoshop for 12 years. I thought I knew those programs until I started to follow Blake and do this Photoshop CC Bootcamp. This course is AMAZING. I love the way Blake teach, brakes down concepts and tools... excellent teaching qualities! I'm half way in this course and I change all my workflow already. Much better results and better use of what Adobe offer me. This course is an investment! When I will be done, I will listen it again. Great job and congratulations on your success Blake!