How to Save a File in Photoshop CS6

Before you exit Photoshop CS6, you want to save your file on your hard drive or other media. Don't worry if you forget to do this; Photoshop won't let you exit without first asking you if you want to save any files that you've changed or newly created.

Saving files from time to time while you work on them is a good idea so that you always have a recent copy safely stored on your drive.

Follow these steps to save a file:

  1. Choose File→Save to store the current file with its present name.

    Choose File→Save As to store a file already saved with a different name, or even a file with the same name but in a different location.

    The dialog box appears.

    [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/eishier Image #4344852]
    Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/eishier Image #4344852
  2. Navigate to the folder where you want to store the file.

  3. Type a name in the File Name (Save As on the Mac) text box.

  4. Select a format from the Format drop-down list.

    Some file formats have special capabilities and requirements.

  5. In the Save and Color options areas, select or deselect (if available) the following check boxes, as desired:

    As a Copy: Save the file as a copy.

    • *Notes: Include or delete notes you have created with the Note tool in the saved copy.

    • *Alpha Channels: Include or ignore alpha channels (stored selections).

    • *Spot Colors: Enable spot colors in the saved file.

    • *Layers: Include layers or simply flatten the image to one layer.

    • *Use Proof Setup: Enable proof setup, which includes an onscreen preview of how the image will look when printed or viewed on a specific device.

    • *ICC Profile (Windows)/Embed Color Profile (Mac): Embed a color profile in the file based on the settings established in your Color Settings dialog box. Leave this value at the default setting.

    • *Thumbnail (Windows only): Embed a thumbnail image in the file if you've defined thumbnails as optional in Photoshop's Preferences.

    • *Use Lower Case Extension (Windows only): Use lowercase extensions (that is, .tif rather than .TIF), regardless of how you type the filename.

  6. Depending on which file format you select, you may get an additional dialog box of options.

  7. Click Save to store the image.

Version CS6 has added a couple excellent new save features. The Save in Background feature enables Photoshop to save in the background while you keep working on your image.

The Automatically Save Recovery Information feature enables Photoshop to automatically save a backup of your files at a selected time interval for recovery if you were to crash the program. Your original file is left untouched. Both are preferences you must select in the File Handling section of your Preferences.

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