After PP, which do you backup: RAW or PSD?


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Geylang
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Ideally, I'd like to backup both (PSD and RAW) but the files are big. My dilemma is:

- If I backup the RAW file only, I lose out on some of the post-processing (and layers) I've done.

- If I backup the PSD file only, will there be a future scenario where I might need the RAW file?

Please share your backup practice. Which format do you keep?
 

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the idea behind is:

1. Open RAW
2. Adjust WB, Curves, etc.
3. Save as PSD
4. Open PSD
5. Retouch (adjustment layers, filters, etc.)

after those steps, which file to backup (on a NAS, DVD, etc.)? as mentioned earlier, if I backup only one (either RAW or PSD), I lose out on some functionality. If I backup both, it eats up a lot of space.

i was wondering what others do when it comes to backups.
 

zac08

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Now it all depends on the amount of work that is going into the PP stage.

If I am going to make it a project that involves multiple layers, multiple stages of editing, then I'll save both, separately of course.

The RAW goes into archival if I need to redo the project later on. And the PSD is for working on, slowly. This will give u more room to manouevre and not have any bridges cut off...
 

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I keep both. But if I need to 'save space' on my harddisk, then I'll keep the RAW for the shots that I prefer.
 

rendition

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After I'm done with RAW processing in Lightroom, I export all the chosen files into TIFF (LZW) and discard the RAW. I've rarely... or never, seen the need to re-process or edit the RAW file.
 

tirza

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only for some (those i like) i save as psd..
coz i edit quite much, hence one psd file can be like 100mb.. :sweat:
 

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