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Pat Harry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/26/2006

Save Different Versions Automatically?

I have Lightoom and Photoshop setup to use ProPhoto color space, and 16 bit. When I save for printing, I need to save as JPEG, sRGB profile, and change to 8 bit. I only want to apply this to the JPEG, and not to the TIFF or PSD. Is there an easy way to save as JPEG in Photoshop (CS5), and at the same time, convert to sRGB and 8 bit, leaving the original as is?

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12/5/2011 7:56:33 PM

Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
  Have you tried creating an Action/automation to do this? So, once you're all done editing, and saving in the TIFF/PSD format, you'd kick off the action that would switch to 8bit, and open a Save As dialog for JPEG? (Can't say I've done that exact action, but I'd made some others for common resizing...)

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12/6/2011 8:18:06 AM

Pat Harry
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/26/2006
  Thanks, Christopher. I haven't tried creating an action, but thought about it - if there isn't something already in CS5. I also thought about just switching to sRGB workspace. I have the original RAW file if I ever had to go back and use a larger color space. Of course, I'd have to do the edits over again.

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12/6/2011 9:07:45 AM

Kay Beausoleil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2004
  Pat, it's so much easier to save in several versions. For example, I have a Master File archive where I save all original Raw versions. Then a Main masterfile where I save my PSDs, both finished and being worked on - in ProPhoto or Adobe RGB, in 16-bit mostly or in 8-bit if I had to change down to use a filter.

Finally, I have a Submissions masterfile where I save JPEGs - in sRGB and 8 bit -- in the format I need and also flattened PSDs for printing.

So I always have the original Raw and the PSD with its layers and data. The Submissions file holds temporary stuff and gets wiped. Since I have the complete PSD with a full colour space, I can easily crank out a file in whatever format needed, and I'm too lazy to do the edits all over again.

There's nothing I know of in CS5 to do the conversions automatically. As Christopher says, Action would be the way to go.

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12/6/2011 1:42:27 PM

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