I try to be so careful, but today it happened…again. I accidentally flattened and saved over my scrapbook page—in a small 600 x 600 pixel size.
When I realized the unhappy truth my mouth flew open and I’m sure my face registered shock, disbelief, and dismay. How could I have so carelessly saved over my original full-size fully-layered scrapbook page? Aaaaaarrrrrggghhh!
How It Happens
One of the most common ways to accidentally save over a scrapbook page is when you prepare it for uploading to a gallery. The page must be flattened and downsized so the longest side is somewhere in the range of 600 to 700 pixels.
The next step is to Save for Web. Both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements save a copy of your page during the Save for Web process, but once you click the Save button and the dialog box disappears, the original page is still open on your desktop. If you saved your page earlier as a layered PSD, the name of the file will still say it’s a PSD.
Question: Are you paying attention? No?
Uh-oh. Something bad is about to happen.
When you click the Close icon on your page a notice will pop up asking you if you want to save your changes. If you don’t notice that the Layers panel contains only one layer and you click Save, you’ve just saved your page (the one you loved and labored over) as a small flat image.
All Is Not Lost—Yet
If you take a second look and realize your mistake, you can Undo and get your layers and larger size back. BUT if you close the file before undoing, so sorry…your large fully-layered page is gone forever.
You cannot recover this mistake. I’ve had several people write and ask if there’s a way to upsize this image back to its original dimensions.
Yes and no.
It’s possible to upsize your image using the Image Size dialog box, but your page will look terrible and won’t be worth printing. Better to let it R.I.P. as a gallery image only.
So, is there nothing that can be done?
Actually, there IS something you can do NOW to prevent this from ever happening again.
Turn Loss Into Triumph
When I saw what I had done to my page I had a moment of sheer panic. Then reason kicked in and I told myself, “OK, calm down.” I slowed my breath from hyper-ventilation state and began to think through possibilities:
“Well…this page isn’t that important. It’s just an example for a tutorial and I even used a stock photo.
“But darn it! I might need to access those layers again! Maybe I could rebuild the page from scratch using the small image as my guide…
“No…the mask I used with the image was kind of complicated. That would be a royal pain!”
Safeguard Against Loss
Then it struck me like a bolt of lightning: I had a backup!
Just the night before I had run a backup from my regular Scrapbook external hard drive to my backup external hard drive aptly named “Scrapbook BU.” My fully-layered large-size page was safely stored on my backup, and all I had to do was copy it to my regular Scrapbook drive.
Whew! Oh the relief and patting myself on the back for having done that!
What You Can Do
Here’s some advice, but you have to follow it BEFORE you need it:
• If you’re prone to saving over scrapbook pages, make a duplicate of your page when you’re ready to resize it for a gallery.
In Photoshop Elements choose File > Duplicate.
In Photoshop choose Image > Duplicate.
When you’re done creating the gallery image, close the duplicate page without saving it.
Warning: I don’t duplicate my page when making a gallery image because I either choose File > Revert (Photoshop Elements: Edit > Revert) or I simply close the page without saving it. But no matter how careful you normally are, there will come a time when you aren’t paying attention and it’ll say, “Gotcha!”
• Back up your hard work. Don’t just make a duplicate folder on your computer. If your computer dies, and it will someday at a most inconvenient moment, you’ll probably lose everything on it. Instead, back up your hard work on an external hard drive.
External hard drives are cheap and easy to connect to your computer via the USB port. I use a 2 Terabyte external drive for all my scrapbooking and a second 2 TB drive for a backup. (I also have a regular and backup external drive for my photos.)
Do a search online for recommendations and reviews of external hard drives. Technology is constantly changing, so I can’t tell you what to buy. My recommendation would be outdated almost as soon as I gave it.
• And finally, print out your pages or create real books you can hold in your hands. Having all your lovely work stored away in your computer is like placing a lighted candle under an upside down flower pot. It doesn’t do much good. Get those pages out where you and your family and friends can enjoy them!
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