In This Chapter
Determining the correct file formats for saving
Preparing images for the Web
Discovering the color table
Saving your settings
Aproductive workflow depends on you choosing the proper format in which to save your Photoshop files. Without the correct settings, your file may not be visible to other applications, or you may delete valuable components, such as layers or saved selections. This chapter provides you with the necessary information to save the file correctly for both print and the Web. We cover the file format choices before moving on to the proper use of the Save for Web & Devices feature (for saving in the GIF, JPEG, PNG, and WBMP file formats).
Saving files in the correct file format is important not only for file size but also in support of different Photoshop features. If you're unsure about saving in the right format, save a copy of the file, keeping the original in the PSD format (the native Photoshop format). Photoshop alerts you automatically when you choose a format in the Save As or the Save for Web & Devices dialog box that doesn't support Photoshop features. When you choose a format that doesn't support some of the features you've used, such as channels or layers, a yield sign appears when a copy is being made. With the capability of all Adobe applications (and even non-Adobe applications) to read native Photoshop (
.psd) files, be wise and keep files in this native file format unless you have ...