How to Save Large Files in Photoshop
If you’re new to Composite Photography and like me, create larger more complex composites than the average photographer, you’ve likely run into the file size problem.
This happened to my good photographer friend Martyn Richards (Facebook) who asked me, “How do you save large files in Photoshop?”
When I was first faced with creating composited portraits that were too large to save in Photoshop, I searched throughout the internet looking for a solution, and come to find out, apparently it’s not a big enough problem to warrant discussions.
That’s why I put this video together, so let’s jump right into it.
Is your File BIGGER than Mine?
Martyn mentioned in his email to me, “when I came to save my file in Photoshop, it says it can’t because it’s over 4GB. How do you save your as yours must be BIGGER than mine?”
Yes, I’m sure it is Martyn! LOL
Anyway, if you’re a Composite Photographer who works in many layers or stitching together many images creating a larger than average format, then you’re stretching the capabilities of Photoshops max 4 GB files size.
Click “Save As” and you will get Photoshops error warning.
So, if you can’t save your large image as a Photoshop file, a TIFF file, or a PNG, PDF, Cineon, or Dicom file, how do you get around Photoshop’s limitations?
Actually, Photoshop has developed a super easy way as you’ll see in this video tutorial.
Saving as Large Document Format
For us crazy Composite Photographers who have BIGGER files than the average photographer, Photoshop has a save option that works perfect for you.
Here’s how you save your larger than 4GB files…
Step #1: Save As
Step #2: Choose “Large Document Format”
There you have it!
Your larger than 4GB file size problem has been solved simply by selecting the “large document format” option when saving your Awesome Composited Image.
That’s a Wrap
If you’re used to destroying your Photoshop layers by flattening them out in an effort to shrink your file size for saving, you will absolutely LOVE this Photoshop Tutorial.
Additionally, if you’d like another big hint on how to reduce your file size, watch the video tutorial as I share one other way that will greatly help you.