There are literally DOZENS of possible file types that you could save your graphics into, but only a few are appropriate or useful to you.
  • These file types are called FORMATS - think of them as different computer "languages" that graphic information can be stored in
  • FORMATS are very particular to what you want to do with the image - ie. you can't use a PSD format on a webpage

1. SAVE AS to make a PSD

  1. Go to FILE | SAVE AS
  2. Be sure the FORMAT is set to Photoshop (PSD)
  3. Type in an

Your "Source" file
Use FILE - SAVE to preserve your layers and effects as a PSD
A Photoshop Document (PSD) retains all the layers, styles and text setting information that you've applied so that you can go back and change them if you'd like later. Use this format to store your work for ongoing development from day to day. The image is LOSSLESS quality.
  • Use FILE - SAVE AS

  • Not a typical format - ie NOT compatible with presentation on a website or in many other programs

2. SAVE for WEB to make a JPG, PNG or GIF

Use SAVE FOR WEB and you get a dialogue that looks like this:
  • Choose JPG from the preset list (although you could also experiment with GIF and PNG)
  • Choose a Quality level (60-70 is generally good for use on a webpage)
  • Watch the filesize at the bottom of the display - different FORMATS and QUALITY settings will yield different filesizes. The objective is to OPTIMIZE YOUR WEBGRAPHIC - Find the lowest filesize for a particular graphic without compromising the image quality
  • TIPS
    • JPGs are best for photorealistic
    • GIFs and PNG-8s are best for cartoons and illustration especially if you limit the colour depth
    • PNG-24 let you create transparent backgrounds

3. SAVE AS to save to ALTERNATE formats

There are DOZENS of other formats used by graphic artists and programmers!
  • PDF
  • BMP
  • PCX
  • TIF
  • TGA

  • Each format has it's own specialty - including which applications are able to utilize it