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How to save a Photoshop file as a PDF, PNG, JPEG and more

It's good to keep PSD backups for some projects.
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January 23, 2023

There’s not much point to Photoshop, naturally, if you don’t know how to save files in a useable format. Here’s how to save images in just about any format you can think of, and why you might often want to make duplicates in the software’s native PSD.

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In Photoshop CC, to save images in any supported format, just go to File > Save As and pick the format from the Save as type drop-down menu. Some formats may allow additional options, such as color profiles.


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How to save a Photoshop file as a PDF, PNG, JPEG and more

Saving a file in Photoshop
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While there are more complex export options for some tasks, in the vast majority of cases, saving to a file format is as simple as going to File > Save As and pickin what you want from the Save as type drop-down menu. Some formats may allow more complex options, such as color profiles, but you should only toggle these if you know why you need them.

When in doubt, save to JPEG, which is the most popular format on the web. Other supported formats include GIF, TIFF, PDF, PNG, RAW, and many others.

What is a PSD file, and when you should use it?

PSD is Photoshop’s default format. While you’re not meant to look at PSDs in apps like Chrome or the Windows photo viewer, they preserve associated layer and effects data, allowing you to revisit editing if you’re not satisfied with how something turned out in different format  — say if drop shadows look off, or if you want to adjust contrast and saturation layers. If you save to formats like JPEG or TIFF, all of that data is “flattened” into a single output image.

You can usually pass on PSD files if all you’re doing is a crop, resize, or other basic adjustment you can easily recreate later (assuming you still have the original source material). If you’re doing anything complex or uncertain, it’s worth saving a PSD in addition to your main output. That can potentially save you many hours and headaches.


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