Seven Tips for Saving and Exporting in Photoshop

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Here are seven quick tips for saving and exporting files in Photoshop CC:

1) Background Save 

Background Save is on by default and enables you to continue working in Photoshop when selecting File Save or Save As by saving the file in as a background task. Note: this feature can be disabled under Preferences > File Handling to improve performance for example, when automating PS.

2) Auto Save

Auto Save can help recover changes made to an open document if your computer crashes before you’ve had a chance to save. To select the Auto Save time interval, select Preferences > File Handling and choose from the list. Note: this feature can be also disabled under Preferences > File Handling for improving performance when running actions etc.

3) Saving Files to Their Original Folders

By default, when choosing Save As, Photoshop automatically “Saves As” to the same location as the original. To save files to a different location (such as a “processed folder), select Preferences > File Handling > and disable  “Save As to Original Folder”. 

4) Close All Files in Photoshop

Option- clicking (Mac) | Alt -clicking (Win) a file’s close button will instruct Photoshop to close all open documents, however Photoshop will ask whether or not you want to save each file before it closes it. I you know that you either want to save all or not save all, you can bypass the dialog by selecting File > Close All (instead of File > Close), and, when asked if you if you want to save changes, enable the option to Apply to All to save all documents without further prompts.  

5) Saving files with Maximize Compatibility

In order to save a layered Photoshop file with a high resolution preview for other applications to use (Lightroom for example), it is necessary for Photoshop to create a “flattened” version of the image and save this flattened version within the file. To have Photoshop automatically save the flattened version, set the  Preferences > File Handling > Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility to Always. Note: If you ever need to open a flattened (composite) version of a layered document, choose File > Open, navigate to the image, and  hold Option + Shift  (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) and click Open. A dialog appears with the message “Read the composite data instead?” Click OK to confirm. Note: this shortcut also works when opening PSD files in the OS. 

6) Requiring a Password to Open a Document

Saving a document as a Photoshop PDF allows additional security options. Choose Save As, select Photoshop PDF, and  select the PDF Security options on the left hand side. Assign the desired restrictions on the file such as passwords and permissions to open and print. 

7) Exporting files

Since saving files and exporting files go hand in hand, I thought I would  also include this episode of 3, 2, 1, Photoshop!  Three Ways to Export in Photoshop CC. Watch it and discover how to export entire documents, multiple Artboards, as well as individual layers and layer groups.


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Posted on 11-06-2018


  • By Carlos A. Oliveras - 7:26 AM on November 6, 2018  

    Excellent tips… thanks!

    • By Julieanne Kost - 1:28 PM on November 13, 2018  

      I’m glad you found it useful!

  • By Kutas Pasta - 6:11 AM on November 11, 2018  

    Excellent sharing, thank you so much…

    • By Julieanne Kost - 1:28 PM on November 13, 2018  

      You’re welcome!