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Preserve Your Original File

You don't want to save an edited version of an original file—over the original file.

To insure that you preserve your original files, read on.

Photoshop File

By default, Photoshop Elements will save your edited photograph using the Photoshop file format (psd).

You'll have two files on your hard drive.

1) Grand_Canyon.jpg—your original

2) Grand_Canyon.psd—the edited version

Your original file is preserved.

iPhoto Users

If you're using iPhoto, save the Photoshop file to your Desktop.

Then, go to iPhoto, and import the Photoshop file into iPhoto.

Go to Saving Files / Using iPhoto.

Save as a JPEG

So, you now have your original file and a Photoshop file on your hard drive.

You'll probably want to save the edited photograph using the JPEG file format, as well.

Choose the appropriate selection from the menu below.

1 - Windows:

Using the Organizer

1) Go to File > Save As, or press Shift + Ctrl + s.

The Save As window will open.

2) Locate the Format box and change the file format from Photoshop to JPEG.

3) If you select Include in the Organizer, your edited photograph will appear in the Organizer.

4) If you select Save in Version Set with the Original, your edited photograph will be grouped with its original in the Organizer.

5) Click OK.

When using the Organizer, you don't have to worry about copying over the original file.

By default, copy is added to the file name.

Or, if you're saving the edited photograph in a version set, _edited-1 is appended.

Therefore, the original file isn't copied over.

6) A JPEG Options window will open, prompting you to select a quality level from 1 through 12.

Use 12 to preserve as much image information as possible.

7) Click OK.

2 - Windows:

Not Using the Organizer

1) Go to File > Save As, or press Shift + Ctrl + s.

The Save As window will open.

2) Locate the Format box and change the file format from Photoshop to JPEG.

3) If selected, deselect Include in the Organizer.

4) If selected, deselect Save in Version Set with the Original.

5) Don't save the edited version of Grand_Canyon.jpg over the original file.

Look for Save:, and then select As a Copy.

Or, append -edited to the file name.

By changing the file name, your original will be preserved.

6) Click OK.

7) A JPEG Options window will open, prompting you to select a quality level from 1 through 12.

Use 12 to preserve as much image information as possible.

8) Click OK.

3 - Mac:

Using iPhoto

If you're in iPhoto, make a duplicate of the file right away.

Go to Opening Files / Using iPhoto.

Doing so simplifies saving the file.

If the file is already open in Photoshop Elements, but not yet edited, close it.

Go back to iPhoto and make a duplicate of the file.

Then, open the duplicate in Photoshop Elements.

Doing so simplifies saving the file.

Go to Opening Files / Using iPhoto.

4 - Mac:

Not Using iPhoto

1) Go to File > Save As, or press Shift + Cmd + s.

The Save As window will open.

2) Locate the Format box in the Save As window, and change the file format from Photoshop to JPEG.

3) Don't save the edited version of Grand_Canyon.jpg over the original file.

Append -edited to the file name.

By changing the file name, your original will be preserved.

4) Click Save.

5) A JPEG Options window will open, prompting you to select a quality level from 1 through 12.

Use 12 to preserve as much image information as possible.

6) Click OK.