Nov 19, 2003
I have decided that it is time to start a major debate that will show a lot of disagreement among us. I have read several messages that say that before you work on an image, you first should save a copy of the image and then open the copy to do all of your work on. Personally, I feel that this is a waste of time and hard drive space. Whenever you open a file in Elements, or in Photoshop for that matter, once the file has been opened you are working on data that is in computer memory. You are not working directly on the file that is saved on your hard drive. Working with digital photography is not like putting a piece of paper in a typewriter. Once you have loaded the file, the file is released. I have verified this by having the same file open in both Elements and Photoshop, and have been able to save in either program independently without any problems. Whenever I work on a photograph one of the first things I do is create a copy of the background. So this extra layer makes it impossible for Elements to save the file as a JPEG image. Elements is smart enough to know that it has to save the file has a PSD document. So even if I just close the file and confirm that I want to save it, Elements is going to prompt me for a name for this new Photoshop document. When that file is saved it is saved independently of the original JPEG that was downloaded from my camera, so I now have a copy of the original. If I take the time to copy of the original before I start to make my changes, I end up with three copies of the file. And although I have plenty of hard drive space, having multiple copies often can become confusing to me.