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How to Save & Export Images

Saving images

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    The saving options vary between Photoshop and ImageReady. The primary focus of ImageReady is producing images for the Web. If ImageReady doesn't provide the file format or option you need, you can edit in Photoshop. For more information on saving an image for the Web,

    To preserve all the Photoshop features in your edited image (layers, effects, masks, styles, and so forth), it's best to save a copy of your image in Photoshop format (PSD). Like most file formats, PSD can only support files up to 2 GB in size. In Photoshop, if you are working with documents larger than 2 GB in file size, you can save your image in the new Large Document Format (PSB), Photoshop Raw (flattened image only), and TIFF (up to 4 GB in size only). For more information on saving large documents,

Exporting layers as files (ImageReady)

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    You can export and save layers as individual files using a variety of formats, including PSD, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WBMP, and SWF. Different format settings can be assigned to individual layers, or one format can apply to all exported layers. Layers are saved with automatic file naming. You can set options to control the generation of names.

    All format settings are saved with your ImageReady document for convenience when you use this feature again.

To export layers as files:

  1. Choose File > Export > Layers as Files. If you're exporting only specific layers, select the layers in the Layers palette before you choose the Layers as Files command.

    Note: Click a layer in the Layers palette to select it. Shift-click to select a series of layers. Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) to select noncontiguous layers.

  2. In the Export Layers as Files dialog box, under File Options, click Choose to select a destination for the exported files.
  3. Enter a name in the Base Name text box to specify a common name for the files.

    Click the Set button to set up specific options for file naming. Choose elements from the pop-up menus or enter text into the fields to be combined into the default names for all files. Elements include layer name, document name, layer number, file creation date, punctuation, and file extension.

  4. Specify how you want to save the files by choosing from the following options:
    • For Export, select the layers to be exported by choosing either All Layers, Top Level Layers and Layer Sets, or Selected Layers. The Selected Layers option is only available if you select layers before choosing the Layers as Files command. If your multilayered document has a Background layer, you can select the Include Background option to include it in the export.
    • For Layer, choose a layer from the Layer pop-up menu if you are using a separate format for each layer. You can also use the navigation buttons Previous Tile button  Next button to choose the layer.
    • For Apply, choose either One Format for All Layers or Separate Format for Each Layer.

    Tip iconTo preview the exported image for a specific layer, select the Preview option and then use the either the Layer pop-up menu or navigation buttons to choose the layer to preview.

  5. Under Format Options, either choose a setting from the Preset pop-up menu or manually set the file format and compression. For more information about format options and compression,

    If you're using a separate format for each layer, choose another layer and then set the format options. Do this for all the subsequent layers you're exporting.

    A custom setting can be saved for reuse. Adjust the settings. The Unnamed option is automatically chosen in the Preset menu. Click the Save Current Layer Settings icon New button, name the new setting, and save it to the Optimized Settings folder. You can also delete a setting by choosing it from the Preset menu and then clicking the Delete Current Layer Setting icon Trash button .

  6. Click OK.

Exporting animation frames as files (ImageReady)

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    You can export and save animation frames as individual files using a variety of formats, including GIF, JPEG, PNG, WBMP, and SWF. Different format settings can be assigned to individual frames, or one format can apply to all exported frames. Frames are saved with automatic file naming. You can set options to control the generation of names.

    All format settings are saved with your ImageReady document for convenience when using the feature again.

To export animation frames as files:

  1. Choose File > Export > Animation Frames as Files. If you're exporting only specific frames, select the frames in the Animation palette before you choose the Animation Frames as Files command.

    Click a frame in the Animation palette to select it. Shift-click to select a series of frames. Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) to select noncontiguous frames.

  2. In the Export Animation Frames as Files dialog box, under File Options, click Choose to select a destination for the exported files.
  3. Enter a name in the Base Name text box to specify a common name for the files.

    Click the Set button to set up specific options for file naming. Elements include document name, frame number, file creation date, punctuation, and file extension.

  4. If you selected frames in the Animation palette before choosing the Animation Frames as Files command, you can enable the Selected Frames Only option to export only the frames you selected. Deselecting this option exports all the frames in your animation regardless of whether you selected them or not.

    Tip iconTo preview the exported image for a specific frame, select the Preview option and then use either the Preview menu or navigation buttons Previous Tile button  Next button to choose the frame to preview.

  5. Under Format Options, either choose a setting from the Preset pop-up menu or manually set the file format and compression. For more information about format options and compression,

    A custom setting can be saved for reuse by clicking the Save Current Format Preset icon New button, naming the new setting, and saving it to the Optimized Settings folder. You can also delete a setting by choosing it from the Preset menu and then clicking the Delete Current Format Preset icon Trash button .

Exporting images in ZoomView format (Photoshop)

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    ZoomView is a format for delivering high-resolution images over the Web. With the Viewpoint Media Player, users can zoom into or out of an image and pan the image to see its various parts.

    When you export an image in ZoomView format, Photoshop creates the following files:

    • An MTX file that defines the image to be displayed.
    • An HTML file that loads the Viewpoint Media Player and points to the MTX file.
    • A folder containing tiles that are used to display the image.
    • A folder containing VBS and JavaScript scripts that are used by the HTML file.

To export an image in ZoomView format:

  1. Choose File > Export > ZoomView.
  2. Set the following options, and click OK:

    Template

    Specify a template for generating the MTX, HTML, and auxiliary files. Choose a template (Plain or With Instructions) from the pop-up menu, or click the Load button to choose a different ZoomView Template (ZVT) file. You can download additional templates from the Viewpoint Web site.

    Output Location

    Click Folder to specify an output location. Enter a name in the Base Name text box to specify a common name for the files.

    Path to Broadcast License File

    Specify a URL for the broadcast license file. The Viewpoint Corporation requires that all publishers of ZoomView content acquire a broadcast license. To apply for a key, click Get License.

    Image Tile Options

    ZoomView technology uses image tiling to load only the part of a high-resolution image that a user wants see. Select a Tile Size to control how many pixels are in each tile. A tile size of 128 is recommended for small images; a tile size of 256 is recommended for large images.

    To specify an amount of compression for each tile image, choose an option from the Quality menu, drag the Quality pop-up slider, or enter a value between 0 and 13 in the Quality text box. Select Optimize Tables to create enhanced JPEGs with slightly smaller file sizes. This option is recommended for maximum file compression.

    Browser Options

    Specify a width and height for the image in the Viewpoint Media Player. Select Preview in Browser to launch your default Web browser and load the generated HTML file after you click OK.

About file formats

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    Graphic file formats differ in the way they represent image data (as pixels or as vectors), in compression technique, and in which Photoshop and ImageReady features they support. With the exception of the Large Document Format (PSB), Photoshop Raw, and TIFF, all file formats can only support documents with a file size of 2 GB or less.

    For more information on choosing file formats when opening or saving images,For information on choosing a Web optimization format,

    Note: If a supported file format does not appear in the appropriate dialog box or submenu, you may need to install the format's plug-in module.

Adding file information (Photoshop)

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    File information--also called metadata--is increasingly important in all types of publishing. Photoshop supports the information standard developed by the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) and the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) to identify transmitted text and images. This standard includes entries for descriptions, keywords, categories, credits, and origins.

    In Windows and Mac OS, you can add file information to files saved in Photoshop, Large Document Format (PSB), TIFF, JPEG, EPS, and PDF formats. In Mac OS, you can also add file information to files in other Photoshop-supported formats except GIF. The information you add is embedded in the file using XMP (eXtensible Metadata Platform). XMP provides Adobe applications and workflow partners with a common XML framework that standardizes the creation, processing, and interchange of document metadata across publishing workflows. When you save files from Photoshop that contain keywords, those keywords are not displayed in Adobe Acrobat's File Info dialog when the file is opened in Acrobat. For information on adding metadata to a file,

    Note: It's possible to add metadata in ImageReady using the options in the Optimize palette. For more information,

Adding digital copyright information

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    You can add copyright information to Photoshop images and notify users that an image is copyright-protected via a digital watermark that uses Digimarc ImageBridge technology. The watermark--a digital code added as noise to the image--is virtually imperceptible to the human eye. The Digimarc watermark is durable in both digital and printed forms, surviving typical image edits and file format conversions.

    Embedding a digital watermark in an image lets viewers obtain information about the creator of the image. This feature is particularly valuable to image creators who license their work to others. Copying an image with an embedded watermark also copies the watermark and any information associated with it.

    For more detailed information on embedding Digimarc digital watermarks, refer to the Digimarc Web site at www.digimarc.com.

Setting preferences for saving files (Photoshop)

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    In Photoshop, you can set preferences for saving image previews, using file extensions, and maximizing file compatibility.

To set file saving preferences:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In Windows, choose Edit > Preferences > File Handling.
    • In Mac OS, choose Photoshop > Preferences > File Handling.
  2. Set the following options:

    Image Previews

    Choose an option for saving image previews: Never Save to save files without previews, Always Save to save files with specified previews, or Ask When Saving to assign previews on a file-by-file basis.

    In Mac OS, you can select one or more of the following preview types (to speed the saving of files and minimize file size, select only the previews you need):

    • Icon to use the preview as a file icon on the desktop.
    • Full Size to save a 72-ppi version of the file for use in applications that can only open low-resolution Photoshop images. For non-EPS files, this is a PICT preview.
    • Macintosh Thumbnail to display the preview in the Open dialog box.
    • Windows Thumbnail to save a preview that can display on Windows systems.

    File Extension (Windows)

    Choose an option for the three-character file extensions that indicate a file's format: Use Upper Case to append file extensions using uppercase characters, or Use Lower Case to append file extensions using lowercase characters.

    Append File Extension (Mac OS)

    File extensions are necessary for files that you want to use on or transfer to a Windows system. Choose an option for appending extensions to filenames: Never to save files without file extensions, Always to append file extensions to filenames, or Ask When Saving to append file extensions on a file-by-file basis. Select Use Lower Case to append file extensions using lowercase characters.

    Tip iconTo toggle the Append File Extension option for a single file, hold down Option when you choose a file format in the Save As dialog box.

Creating multiple-image layouts (Photoshop)

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    You can export multiple images automatically as contact sheets and picture packages using Automate commands.

Creating a PDF presentation

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    The PDF Presentation command lets you use a variety of images to create a a multipage document or slide show presentation. You can set options to maintain image quality in the PDF, specify security settings, and set the document to open automatically as a slide show.

    Illustration of PDF Presentation as a slide show with these callouts: A. First slide B. Wipe Left transition C. Second slide
    PDF Presentation as a slide show A. First slide B. Wipe Left transition C. Second slide

To create a multipage PDF Presentation:

  • Do one of the following:
    • From the main menu, choose File > Automate > PDF Presentation.
    • From the File Browser menu, choose Automate > PDF Presentation. All the image files displayed in the File Browser will be added to the PDF Presentation. In the File Browser, you can select the image files you want for the PDF Presentation. Otherwise, the PDF Presentation command will select all the images currently displayed in the File Browser.

    Note: Click a file to select it. Shift-click to select a series of files. Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac OS) to select noncontiguous files.

  • If you did not launch the PDF Presentation command from the File Browser, click Browse and navigate to select files for the PDF Presentation. Select the Add Open Files option to add files already open in Photoshop.

    You can remove any unwanted file by selecting it in the Source Files window, and then clicking the Remove button.

    The files in the Source Files window are used to generate the pages in the PDF Presentation, starting with the topmost file for the first page and progressing down the list for subsequent pages. To reorder a file in the sequence, select the file and drag it to a new position in the list.

    Dragging a file to a new position in the list
    Dragging a file to a new position in the list
  • In the Output Options area of the PDF Presentation dialog box, select one of the following:

    Multi-Page Document

    Creates a PDF document with the images on separate pages.

    Presentation

    Creates a PDF slide show presentation.

  • Select the View PDF After Saving option if you want Adobe Acrobat or the Adobe Reader to open the PDF after it's created.
  • If you selected Presentation as the Output Option, in the Presentation Options area, you can specify the following options:

    Advance Every [5] Seconds

    Specifies how long each image is displayed before the presentation advances to the next image. The default duration is 5 seconds.

    Loop After Last Page

    Specifies that the presentation will automatically start over after reaching the end. Deselecting this option specifies that the presentation will stop after the final image is displayed.

    Transition

    Specifies the transition from one image to the next.

  • Click Save.
  • In the Save dialog box, enter a name for the PDF Presentation and select a destination for the saved file. Click Save.
  • In the PDF Options dialog box, select the options you want, and click OK.

    Encoding

    Determines the compression method (Zip or JPEG). For more information,

    Save Transparency

    Preserves transparency when the file is opened in another application. (Transparency is always preserved when the file is reopened in Photoshop or ImageReady.) This option is not available if the file contains a spot color channel or does not contain transparency.

    Image Interpolation

    Anti-aliases the printed appearance of a low-resolution image.

    Downgrade Color Profile

    If you selected ICC Profile (Windows) or Embed Color Profile (Mac OS) for a version 4 profile in the Save dialog box, this option downgrades the profile to version 2. Select this option if you plan to open the file in an application that does not support version 4 profiles.

    PDF Security

    Specifies security options such as password protection and restricted access to a file's content. Choose 40-bit or 128-bit RC4 encryption for a lower or higher level of security. For more information on PDF security,

    Include Vector Data

    Preserves any vector graphics (such as shapes and type) as resolution-independent objects, ensuring smoother output. When it is selected, you can select the following options:
     

  • Embed Fonts ensures that all fonts used in the file are displayed and printed, even on computers that do not have the fonts installed. Bitmap fonts, fonts that don't allow PDF embedding, substitute fonts, type that uses the faux bold style, and warped type cannot be embedded. Selecting Embed Fonts increases the size of the saved file.
  • Use Outlines for Text saves text as paths. Select this option if embedding fonts results in a file that is too large, if you plan to open the file in an application that cannot read PDF files with embedded fonts, or if a font fails to display or print correctly. Text saved as outlines is not searchable or selectable in a PDF viewer. You can, however, edit the text when you reopen the file in Photoshop.

    Note: The PDF viewer may display a substitute font if both Embed Fonts and Use Outlines for Text are deselected.

  • Click OK. Photoshop closes the PDF options dialog box and creates the PDF Presentation. A dialog appears telling you if the PDF Presentation was successfully created.
Placing Photoshop images in other applications (Photoshop)

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    Photoshop provides a number of features to help you use images in other applications. Due to the integration between Adobe products, many Adobe applications can directly import Photoshop (PSD) format files and use Photoshop features like layers, layer styles, masks, transparency, and effects. Additionally, programs like Adobe GoLive can use variables set in ImageReady and Photoshop (topmost text layer only) to use in creating multiple-iterations of an image. For more information on setting variables,

 

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