View Poll Results: Do you keep your .psd or .tiff files after editing?

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  • Definitely, I keep in .psd so that I won't have to repeat my editing again next time

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  • Definitely, I keep in .tiff cos they are lossless files

    16 16.33%
  • No! Too much space. jpg will be fine.

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    Default Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    Just wondering.. As part of your workflow in Photoshop, do you keep or save your edited images in Photoshop format or even TIFF?

    In the past I don't, but now it's become my "habit" to keep the .psd files cos I realize sometimes I will call up old images and wish to "add on" or modify the editing. Without the .psd I have to re-do my past hard work.

    But wow... no joke man. All the files are sucking up my HDD space real fast. I can't image if they are in TIFF. Even worse.

    Pls share your experience...

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    i keep in psd.

    tiff is too big to keep, if u muz try eps.

    i only go tiff when i send for print.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    It all depends on what you are doing with it.

    PSD would be good if you are still working on the images and may still want to try editing it further.

    TIFF is for large prints and when you're satisfied with the image already.

    Jpeg, that's for the instant preview and posting off the web... small prints (8R or smaller) can also be made off this...

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Just wondering.. As part of your workflow in Photoshop, do you keep or save your edited images in Photoshop format or even TIFF?

    In the past I don't, but now it's become my "habit" to keep the .psd files cos I realize sometimes I will call up old images and wish to "add on" or modify the editing. Without the .psd I have to re-do my past hard work.

    But wow... no joke man. All the files are sucking up my HDD space real fast. I can't image if they are in TIFF. Even worse.

    Pls share your experience...
    Even in PSD file... it will also be big. But it depends on the number of layer used.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    None of the above.

    They are for different purposes. In fact I use both and also JPEG.

    TIFF is the format used after conversion from RAW. The rationale is that since you captured in RAW you ought not to be throwing away data with a lossy compression. For if that is OK then you might have captured in JPEG right from the onset.

    PSD is the format used for a Photoshopped file. You can save your edited file with all its layers and so on as TIFF, but I think there will be certain features of Photoshop not available in TIFF or saved inefficiently. I do not know what are these but I just suppose PSD is most efficient for Photoshop.

    And to minimise PSD file size never never maximise PSD and PSB file compatibility. If you do your PSD file balloons very very rapidly. Also try not to duplicate layers. There are ways to do blending without layers duplication.

    And JPEG is used when I post it to the web, and I will further lower the resolution to 72 dpi, make the picture smaller, and optimise the JPEG compression for a slow modem, ie I am deliberately throwing away data when I save as a JPEG.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Just wondering.. As part of your workflow in Photoshop, do you keep or save your edited images in Photoshop format or even TIFF?

    In the past I don't, but now it's become my "habit" to keep the .psd files cos I realize sometimes I will call up old images and wish to "add on" or modify the editing. Without the .psd I have to re-do my past hard work.

    But wow... no joke man. All the files are sucking up my HDD space real fast. I can't image if they are in TIFF. Even worse.

    Pls share your experience...
    I depends on the final use of the images, I shoot raw then save a copy, press work I save as 30 +MB Jpg other-wise Tiff for better magazines

    Rich

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    TIFF for prints.

    PSD for storing.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    I shoot RAW most of the time. During PS, I'll choose the photos that I like, edit and print it before converting it to jpg for web displaying purpose. The purpose of doing printing(A4 or A3 size) during RAW processing is to prevent lost of data before converting it to jpg. Since I only print those photos that I like in one time, I'll not save it to Tiff or psd but keep it in RAW format.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    I shoot in RAW and just keep a copy of the RAW files in DVD roms just in case I need them. Then I convert to Jpeg and edit them for web and print in 4R only. Seldom i print in bigger format.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    just save in TIF...I have yet to find, and nobody has as yet been able to point out to me any feature that can be saved in PSD but not in TIF...also, by using compression (use lzh compression which is lossless), the files are significantly smaller than PSD...the only minus point is that it opens and saves slower than PSD...but for everyday use not that noticeable unless your files are REALLY huge (>400mb compressed TIF saved size)...

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    Quote Originally Posted by theRBK View Post
    just save in TIF...I have yet to find, and nobody has as yet been able to point out to me any feature that can be saved in PSD but not in TIF...also, by using compression (use lzh compression which is lossless), the files are significantly smaller than PSD...the only minus point is that it opens and saves slower than PSD...but for everyday use not that noticeable unless your files are REALLY huge (>400mb compressed TIF saved size)...
    Simple... you can retain all the layers and edits you have made on PSD.
    You can't do tat for the TIF

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    Of cos i would.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Simple... you can retain all the layers and edits you have made on PSD.
    You can't do tat for the TIF
    er...you can save layers, even layer groups, masks and paths in TIF...
    Last edited by theRBK; 26th March 2007 at 12:33 AM.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    Quote Originally Posted by theRBK View Post
    er...you can save layers, even layer groups, masks and paths in TIF...
    I see what you mean... just did a test. But the file size??? I think I'll stick to PSD when I save with layers.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    I see what you mean... just did a test. But the file size??? I think I'll stick to PSD when I save with layers.
    you use compression?...not that big what...

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    PSD definitely. But when I do print and editorial, I will output as a flattened uncompressed CMYK tiff. I don't like EPS. Although you can hold images in it, it's essentially a vector format.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    for output, it really depends on the client... I have had clients who have wanted tiff, eps or pdf, in RGB or CMYK...

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    I normally save in Tif only. I shoot in RAW. Once editing is completed then save to Tiff.

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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    you can try PNG, it is lossless compression.
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    Default Re: Do you save your final images in .tiff or .psd?

    None of them, LR uses the RAW file and the history of all changes applied. If I need to change I just go back to where I have left the picture. Export is done into jpg or tiff when needed.

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