61. PSE 12 – Leave the Original Image Intact

To insure that your pictures are protected , you create a copy of the image BEFORE you work on it.  It’s not as scary as that seems.  If you begin working on an image you will not alter its contents as long as you save the file as a different name.

  • Select an image: click on it, then click on the Editor button at the bottom of the Organizer.  Once in the Editor Interface – Expert Tab, go to the menu at the top: File >Save As.  This will give you a pop up window.  The top rectangle displays which folder the photo will be “Save in:”  You can navigate the computer and put it anywhere by using the drop down menu or the icons on the left.  Below these images look for “File name: ”  PSE 12 automatically adds _edited-1 to the original file name. You can use this system or change it to your liking. Next decide what “Format:” you want the file saved with (See Blog Post 62 – File Formats)  Under  this are other save options for the Organizer, Save if using PSD format, Color, etc.
  • If you begin working on an image without following the instructions, you can follow them as soon as you remember.
  • When you close the file and it asks you to save to the original, choose NO.
  • Additionally – you can save some preferences to help you with this.  Go to the Menu: Edit >Preferences >Saving Files; Select what you want from the drop down menus and click the OK button when you are finished.


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