8 Replies Latest reply on Oct 4, 2017 8:36 PM by gener7

    Save JPG as PSD before editing?

    james7660 Level 1

      I'm processing photos for web publication. Is there any advantage to saving the JPGs as PSDs before editing?

       

      Or should the save-as PSD be after the image has been edited as a JPG?

        • 1. Re: Save JPG as PSD before editing?
          davescm Adobe Community Professional

          It makes no difference. Once the file is open it is neither jpeg or PSD. It is only given a file type on saving.

          However - the bit that is correct is to save your file as a layered PSD and don't resave the file image that was opened from a jpeg file as another jpeg. You can of course export a copy as a jpeg if required elsewhere.

           

          Dave

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          • 2. Re: Save JPG as PSD before editing?
            JJMack Most Valuable Participant

            If all you have is a single layer it make do difference what you save as long as there is no transparency.  Jpeg does not support transparency.

             

            If you have layers you should save both a layer File and a flattened file like jpeg for web and print..  You do not need to flatten your document in fact you should not Photoshop will save a flat jpeg and you will still be editing you layerd document.   You want to  keep your layer in case you need to make additional changes in the future.  Keep your work layers.

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            • 3. Re: Save JPG as PSD before editing?
              james7660 Level 1

              ...don't resave the file image that was opened from a jpeg file as another jpeg

              All my images begin as JPGs. Then I edit them and Save for Web as JPGs (I'm just now getting into CC and I know the Save for Web is legacy). Somewhere in between I save them as PSD.

               

              Given that, what order should I be using to not resave the file image that was opened from a jpeg file as another jpeg?

               

              When you say "export a copy as a jpeg" do you mean export from PSD or export from the open file?

               

              Thank you, Dave.

              • 4. Re: Save JPG as PSD before editing?
                davescm Adobe Community Professional

                Hi

                Your workflow is fine

                 

                Open the jpeg

                Edit

                Save the master as a PSD complete with layers. Always come back to this master when exporting copies.

                If a jpeg is required use Export - Save for Web Legacy to create that copy

                 

                Exporting that final jpeg from the open file or re-opening the PSD to create it makes no difference

                 

                Dave

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                • 5. Re: Save JPG as PSD before editing?
                  JJMack Most Valuable Participant

                  James if you just learning Photoshop relax and take your time do not try to skip learning the basic of digital images.  Photoshop is huge and complex its not something you can learn in a short time frame.  In fact the more you use Photoshop the more you will learn about it.  I do not believe anyone knows all of Photoshop.  I know I do not and I have been using Photoshop for more then twenty years I'm a slow leaner and I forget thing I have learned.  Save for web may be legacy and may be removed at some time in the future.   You never had to use it.  The was always Save as Jpeg, save a gif, save a png.  Save for Web does other thing beside saving a jpeg file.  It can strip metadata save other file type convert to srgb etc. You do not need to run the latest version of Photoshop you can use a version that has save for web. I do not use CC 2017 it has bugs I do not like.  You can also use export and generator to create your create web assets. These features mat also have issues however you will be able to create what you need.  All in all Photoshop is a great program and my play toy. Like all large complex programs there are bugs.  Adobe will fix some reported bugs.

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                  • 6. Re: Save JPG as PSD before editing?
                    gener7 Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    Know one thing about jpegs. They are "lossy", that is they save disk space because they throw out detail in the compression process. They are meant for final delivery.

                     

                    If your capture device is a camera, use the camera raw format option, save as a psd, then edit and export at maximum quality as a jpeg.

                     

                    Otherwise follow Dave's advice. Just be sure you have the highest quality jpegs from your camera.

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                    • 7. Re: Save JPG as PSD before editing?
                      james7660 Level 1

                      Dave, JJMack, and gener7 - I appreciate all the help.

                       

                      I looked in the Forum Help and did not find an answer to this:

                       

                      What if there is not any one Correct Answer? Some questions will have a "correct answer" but as in this thread, all replies were helpful. What is the appropriate action on my part regarding marking a correct answer?

                       

                      Thank you!

                      • 8. Re: Save JPG as PSD before editing?
                        gener7 Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                        Usually the first one, I'll just take a "helpful"

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