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Master files, and disposable Jpegs

When I look back at my archive disks from many years ago, when I was just starting out, I want to slap myself. I’ve got so many copies of each photo. Raws, Tiffs, PSDs, big Jpegs, little Jpegs, sharpened Jpegs, non-sharpened Jpegs ... aaaagh!!

Fortunately I’ve learned from my own mistakes, and I hope you can learn from them too. Don’t make the big mess I made!

Now, I keep it really clean. I have my original Raw file, and the edited PSD master file. The PSD file isn’t cropped or resized - it remains at full size, forever and ever.

When I need to output the image, I save a Jpeg copy of it (resized, cropped, sharpened, etc as needed). I send the Jpeg where it needs to go, then delete it from my hard drive. There’s no point in keeping it - if I need another Jpeg file next week, I’ll just make it again from the PSD file.

As long as I have a PSD master file, I don’t need to keep other files.

You’ll learn the process of preparing Jpeg files for print in The Print Sharpening Class.

Next: Jpegs for archiving >>

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If I need to use Filter > Adaptive Wide Angle, do I apply it/save it in the PSD file or this does with the other "output tools" (resized, cropped, sharpened)?

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8 hours ago, solley said:

If I need to use Filter > Adaptive Wide Angle, do I apply it/save it in the PSD file or this does with the other "output tools" (resized, cropped, sharpened)?

I would do it in the PSD.  Actually, I would do it as the very first step in Photoshop.  It would be considered part of "Step 2" in this process.

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Thanks Damien!
I'm so glad I asked about this! I was doing it all wrong until now and strugling why it is not working properly - omitting other edits I've done etc.  

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A little off topic but there's an excellent piece of software to cull through your library for duplicates :) PhotoSweeper. Just to get back some of  that lost HD space we all could use.

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Oh my aching skull.. So as I am reading this info on trashing Jpegs my head kind of exploded. I totally get what you are saying though. But not gonna lie, I have a TON of Jpegs with my RAWS and the thought of going back through them all to delete, makes me wanna cry. Not for getting rid of them just the work to do away with them LOL  Guess I know what my rainy day plans are!!

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