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A Guest Post by Jodi Friedman of MCP Actions:Your shortcut to better photographs.
As a photographer you shoot in Raw or Jpeg, or sometimes both. Then you edit. You may start in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, but many photographers will end up in Photoshop doing more detailed editing of your photographs. In time, you come up with the “perfect” edit. Now it is time to save.
What do you do? Do you save as a PSD, Tiff, Jpeg, Gif, Png or something else?
This article is not meant to address how you save Raw files to formats like DNG (Digital Negatives). It is meant to focus on how you save to share photos on the web and for print.
Here are a few of the most common formats and why you may or may not want to use them:
Hopefully after reading this you have a better idea on which suits your style. There is no right or wrong per say, though many will feel strongly about how they manage their workflow.
I personally simplify my workflow. While there is a compression and loss of information editing jpeg images, the difference is so minor unless you are re-opening dozens of times. For that reason, I save my images as PSD if I know I will need to come back to it to alter adjustment layers, masks, or layer opacity. Once I am done editing, I save my images as JPEGs. If I am working on something for my website that needs transparency, I use the PNG format.
So now it’s your turn. Tell us which file formats you chose to save in and why? Add your comments below, and also vote in the poll shown here.
Note: this post has been slightly updated from it’s original version.
About the Author: Jodi Friedman, owner of MCP Actions, offers original Photoshop Actions and Workshops to customers internationally, which enable photographers, at the click of a button, to enhance and enrich their photos in a fast and efficient way.