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    Saving Photoshop image as a jpeg

    I don't even have Photoshop yet, but I plan on buying it with financial aid in January after I use my financial aid in October to buy a laptop computer powerful enough to host the software. There are some really basic things about Photoshop that I don't understand, because I've never used it.

    If you have an image with multiple layers, is it possible to save it as a jpeg without losing information? What if I wanted to post the image at a website message board that didn't support psd files?

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    Almost every image you see on this site, or practically any other site, was saved as a jpeg just fine. PSD files can't be displayed in a web browser.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Almost every image you see on this site, or practically any other site, was saved as a jpeg just fine. PSD files can't be displayed in a web browser.
    Thank you for your response, Elwell. So you can save an image with multiple layers as a jpeg without loss of information?

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    You lose the layers, but not their visual effect. What gets saved as a jpeg (or most other formats, which don't support layers) is a flattened version of the file.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    You lose the layers, but not their visual effect. What gets saved as a jpeg (or most other formats, which don't support layers) is a flattened version of the file.
    So the flattened version looks just like the layered version?

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    Yes. Your monitor doesn't have layers, pixels are pixels. Layers are just a whole lot of complicated math that the program does in the background to decide how they're displayed.
    I think the answers to a lot of your questions will become evident once you actually have the program.


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    Thanks, Elwell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Yes. Your monitor doesn't have layers, pixels are pixels. Layers are just a whole lot of complicated math that the program does in the background to decide how they're displayed.
    I think the answers to a lot of your questions will become evident once you actually have the program.
    To add onto this: once you save your file as a .jpg, and you reopen that .jpg in photoshop you won't be able to adjust layers because everything gets combined to one layer. So ALWAYS save a .psd FIRST and then save a copy as a .jpg. It will save you a lot of headache later if you need to tweak something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ah-spire View Post
    To add onto this: once you save your file as a .jpg, and you reopen that .jpg in photoshop you won't be able to adjust layers because everything gets combined to one layer. So ALWAYS save a .psd FIRST and then save a copy as a .jpg. It will save you a lot of headache later if you need to tweak something.
    Thanks, ah-spire, I'll never forget that!

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    This might be irrelevant but I found that saving .pdf layers with "preserve photoshop editing capabilities" very useful when sending them across the web.

    This makes it possible for people to open it up in their browser if they have adobe reader, and if they download it, the layers are still there.

    But .pdfs are not images, you have to use your client has to have adobe reader to view them.

    Hope this is useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsai.leehua View Post
    This might be irrelevant but I found that saving .pdf layers with "preserve photoshop editing capabilities" very useful when sending them across the web.

    This makes it possible for people to open it up in their browser if they have adobe reader, and if they download it, the layers are still there.

    But .pdfs are not images, you have to use your client has to have adobe reader to view them.

    Hope this is useful.
    Thank you, tsai.leehua!

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