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Choosing a file format

When using File > Save, Save As, or Save a Copy to save a file, remember that Photoshop (PSD), Large Document (PSB),* TIFF, and Photoshop PDF are the only formats that preserve the following Photoshop features:

  • Multiple layers and layer transparency
  • Shape layers
  • Smart Objects
  • Adjustment layers
  • Editable type layers
  • Layer effects
  • Alpha channels
  • Grids and guides

All of the above-mentioned file formats, plus the PICT, JPEG, and Photoshop EPS formats, preserve ICC color profiles.

To prepare your document for printing from another application, or to export it to an application that can’t read Photoshop layers, read about the PDF, EPS, and TIFF formats on pages 335–339. Or for Web output, read about the GIF and JPEG formats on pages 340–345.

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