When creating composites you will learn VERY quickly the Photoshop files can become gargantuan! There will come a day when you will get this message…
My heart stopped when I first saw it. Panic. NOOO!!! I frantically start looking over my layers to see if there was anything I could flatten and get rid of. AH! But I’m here to tell you there is a way over this hump. The first step is DO NOT do what I did. Do not follow your instincts and start merging and deleting layers. You have options! Also, don’t try and save it as a .tiff. That is twice as large as a psd file. (I’ve had artist friends loose adjustment layers when they converted their images to .tiff.)
Instead… Photoshop has a file format that can be used for documents over 2GB. It’s called a Large Format Document or “.PSB”. All Photoshop features, such as layers, effects, and filters, are supported! SCORE! Only one little drawback. These files are only compatible in Photoshop CS or higher. Which means, you will not be able to open the file in Lightroom.
If it’s still too big? Now you can commence with the deleting and merging… or, as stated so eloquently by my friend (and amazing artist BTW.) Gee Greenslade… “If you still can’t save then you may have to rock back and fourth and cry…”
More than likely, PSB Large File Format will do the trick. This is a perfect PS tip to share with your friends! Keep learning and keep #SharingItForward!
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