Options for Saving and Exporting Digital Photos - dummies

By Robert Correll

You often have plenty of detailed methods with which to publish your digital photos. Choose the one that best fits your target media requirements. The table summarizes several typical options.

Publishing Options
Name Description
Save As Saves the file as a new type. Type a new name and choose other file options. Use instead of Save when you want to preserve a copy of your file or create a new type.
Save for Web Saves a new file in a web-friendly format, such as GIF, JPEG, or PNG.
Export Saves a copy of your file as a new file type. You can often change the image size, resolution, and attach color profiles when exporting. Some applications let you export data to other programs for further editing. If using a commercial printer, check to see if it prefers that you use this method, and what settings it suggests for your print.
Share When set up with the proper username and password, this option saves your file online.
Print Prints your photos on a printer connected to your computer or network.
Order Prints Orders prints from a company. You will have to have an existing account or be ready to set one up and establish a payment method.

The figure shows the Convert and Save dialog box from Canon’s photo-editing application, Digital Photo Professional. Notice that you can change the image type, including the bit-depth, the resolution, resize it if you like, embed the color profile, and choose how much shooting information to leave in the file.

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Converting and saving a photo in Digital Photo Professional.

On the other hand, you may be working in a professional environment where documents run through Adobe Bridge. You can publish PDF contact sheets or web galleries using the optional Adobe Output Module, which is installed separately from Bridge CC. If you use Lightroom or Photoshop, you’ll likely print, export, or save archive copies from within those applications.