Optimising the file sizes of your digital scrapbooking layouts is a great way to keep your overall file storage space somewhat under control. For ALL Photoshop users one of the best ways to do that is to save your files as .TIFs instead of in the native Photoshop .PSD file format.
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This method is my preferred way of saving my work; I have saved all my layouts, and my design files too for that matter, in .TIF format since at least 2007.
Many seasoned digiscrappers using Photoshop swear by this method for the simple reason that it works with great effect.
I’ve written this tutorial using Photoshop CS4 however the interface is pretty much identical across all versions of Photoshop® Creative Suite as well as Photoshop® Elements from version 2 upwards it’s just that the workspace will look slightly different since I am using a customised workspace as shown in the screen captures.
Saving in .TIF is easy peasy so the following tutorial is super short and super sweet.
Step 1: Click on File > Save As
This will open the Save As options dialogue box so that you can specify the file format that you want to use to save your file in a .TIF version.
Step 2: Choose Format > TIFF
Click on the Format drop down list and select TIFF (*.TIF;*.TIFF) from the list, then type in the name you want to call your file in the File name field.
This lets Photoshop know which particular file format dialogue box to bring up in the next step so that you can specify exactly how to save the file.
Step 3: Choose the TIFF File Options
Select the following parameters on the TIFF Options dialogue box: LZW, Interleaved, either IMB PC or Macintosh and ZIP.
These setting parameters will ensure that your file is saved in a way that is as small as possible whilst still retaining all the layers and the complex lossless image information in your file.
Lossless image information means that every time you save and re-save the file in .TIF format the clarity and integrity of the image will be retained. In fact, resaving a .TIF in another one of the lossless file formats, for example in .PNG format, will also retain the image’s clarity and integrity.
You have just saved your first size optimised file in .TIF format.
To demonstrate how effective this method is in reducing file sizes take a look at this side by side before and after comparison image:
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