Lowering Layered File Sizes—Part One
by Jen White
Have you noticed the astronomical files sizes of your layered scrapbook pages and other digital projects?
With today’s hefty hard drives that are readily available at reasonable prices, it’s not really a cause for alarm. But still, I try and be mindful to not waste what I have. Good stewardship, right?
Here’s the deal . . . My 12×12 inch scrapbook pages are typically upward of 200-300 MB (megabyte) in file size. So, four of them would fill a GB (gigabyte). And, 400 of them would fill a TB (terabyte).
How big is your hard drive? See where I’m going? It fills up fast!
In this quick mini series, I’ll be sharing my not-so-super-secret tips for saving file size when working with layered documents in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Here’s tip #1.
THE BIG ONE—Tip #1: Select & Crop
After finishing your next digital project, save it in its layered state and then look at the
size of the file.
Where’s the file size located? You won’t find an easy place to view the file size of a document from within Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. My best advice is to locate it in the folder system of your operating system (Windows, Mac, etc) or view the file’s metadata from within your photo organizing software (Organizer, Bridge, etc).
Now do this:
• Press Ctrl A (Mac: Cmd A) to place a selection outline around the document.
• In the Menu Bar, choose Image > Crop.
• Press Ctrl D (Mac: Cmd D) to deselect.
Save again. Check out the file size now. It’s always a HUGE difference for me.
The file size of your document isn’t just made up of what you see inside your document window. It also accounts for things that are hanging off the edges and hidden—a ribbon, a piece of paper, a photo, etc. All those hidden pixels are completely unnecessary.
Liberate your project—crop it.
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