How to Set File Handling Preferences in Photoshop CS6

The File Handling Preferences pane controls how Photoshop CS6 treats your files when they’re opened and closed. Here is some information about some of the options you can choose from:

  • Ignore EXIF Profile Tag: When this option is selected, Photoshop ignores the sRGB tag that many digital cameras add to their EXIF (camera) data. The sRGB tag is widely used by digital cameras, but it’s not well respected among many high-end digital photography professionals.

  • Ignore Rotation Metadata: Many cameras embed rotation metadata (rotate the image 90 degrees upon opening, for example) in the image. Select this option, and Photoshop will ignore any image rotation metadata on the images shot in portrait (vertical) orientation.

  • Ask Before Saving Layered TIFF Files: Photoshop can save an advanced type of TIFF file that includes layers, exactly like with its own native PSD files. However, some applications can’t read these files.

    If you always open TIFF files in Photoshop, or you’re using recent versions of other Creative Suite applications that can accept layered TIFFs and you don’t mind creating larger TIFF files in the process, you can disable this option. Otherwise, Photoshop asks you for confirmation each time you want to save a TIFF file that contains layers.

  • Disable Compression of PSD & PSB Files: Select this option to get quicker saves, but larger files.

  • Maximize PSD File and PSB File Compatibility: Photoshop lets you choose an option for file compatibility.

    Not all applications can handle the more sophisticated features that may be stored in a PSD file (such as fancy layer effects). If you frequently open PSD files in applications other than later versions of Photoshop, you may want to set this option to Always.

    Keep in mind that you may lose some features when you choose this option. Select Ask to have Photoshop prompt you when you save a file about whether you want to apply the option. Or select Never to ignore the option completely.

    When you maximize compatibility, Photoshop saves a composite (flattened) version along with the layered file to ensure that older applications (such as Photoshop version 2) can read the files. However, this option can make your file size balloon significantly.

    The PSB (large file) format is like the PSD format in that it supports most Photoshop features. Currently, only Photoshop CS (along with Photoshop Elements 7 and 8) and higher can open PSB files. Again, keeping this option selected ensures maximum compatibility with any future programs that may accept this format.

    If you plan to use your PSD files in InDesign or Illustrator, you should have the Maximize Compatibility feature selected because the performance of these programs is faster when you have a composite along with the layers, especially with large files that have a lot of layers.

  • Adobe Drive: Select this option if your computer is located on a network and you need to share your files with others in your collaborative workgroup by using a server.

  • Recent File List Contains: Type a value from 0 to 30 to specify the number of recently used files you want displayed in the Open Recent list on the File menu.

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