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DianaB
09-25-2012, 09:20 PM
Trying to get my stash organized (it's a never-ending task...) and I'm curious about templates.

I use GIMP & I *have* CS5 although I have barely began trying to figure it out. :) I can use .psd files in GIMP for templates.

So.... is there any point in keeping .tiff or .png of templates? I get rid of the .page ones automatically because I can't even use those. I keep debating on getting rid of the tiff & png though. Deleting them would save a bunch of space... but will I want them for something in the future?

So what do you do and what should I do? Is there a point to keeping more than the psd?

Sarah
09-25-2012, 09:22 PM
I keep the Tiff's only. I use Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, though.

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Ambelleina
09-25-2012, 11:09 PM
I delete everything but the PSD files since they're all I use. Some people use TIFFs in PS (I have CS5, too), but I still prefer PSDs. I don't foresee myself switching off of PS since I've been using it for years and upgrade regularly.

I am told people prefer TIFFs because they work as a "preview" in the folder in Explorer, but if you open your template from within PS it shows a preview and if you keep the folder preview from the kit, it's has enough of a preview for me, as well.

I just don't see the point in keeping PNGs, TIFFs and PAGEs when all I use is PSD.

Sarah
09-25-2012, 11:11 PM
TIFFs, if saved right, also take up a LOT less space than a PSD. ;)

StarWarsFans
09-26-2012, 12:03 AM
I say keep whatever format you are currently using and then get rid of the rest. Since you are using GIMP, keep the PSD. If you switch to Photoshop you'll still be able to use them and from that point on you can start keeping the TIF instead to save space.

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missdamsel
09-26-2012, 03:14 AM
I am a hoarder, I keep it all. I need to start deleting the extra files, but I just can't! lol Also if you switch to something later you can always take the psd and save it as a different format later.


I say keep whatever format you are currently using and then get rid of the rest. Since you are using GIMP, keep the PSD. If you switch to Photoshop you'll still be able to use them and from that point on you can start keeping the TIF instead to save space.

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MSPeeler
09-26-2012, 03:42 AM
TIFFs, if saved right, also take up a LOT less space than a PSD. ;)


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Lmsandt
09-26-2012, 05:20 AM
i just started Saving the Tiffs. i haven't been able to tell a difference in my program of the 2. I also save my layered files as Tiffs instead of PSD

msbrad
09-26-2012, 01:13 PM
Ditto on the if the Tiff's are saved correctly it is a smaller file size.
Now- here is what I 'really' do. Save between the PSD and TIFF whichever is smaller in file size,plus I can view from the folder and not be in the program.
Now when I am scrapping the LO [even if it is a TIFF template], I will save the LO as a PSD while working on it.
WHY? because it saves faster and opens faster.
When DONE, I delete out the Template pieces and keep just the kit papers and elements,- [with the clipped layer active- ctrl+click the template piece to get the marching ants; ctrl+shift+ delete. then delete the template piece.]
Why, smaller file size. If I already have the template, I don't need it twice
then save my final as TIFF

much smaller file size..
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geswho40
09-26-2012, 01:27 PM
Well this crazy lady never even thought about it and save all of it. I have never used the TIFF's and don't even know how to tell you the truth. I always use the PSD's since that is the way I learned, and that's what's easy for me, so I guess I should be deleting the TIFF's since I don't need them. Michi, that sounds like a lot of work, and you are wayyyy smarter than this chick, to be able to figure all of that out!
Great topic, I think I will start deleting the TIFF's now.

Neverland Scraps
09-27-2012, 02:55 PM
I say keep whatever format you are currently using and then get rid of the rest. Since you are using GIMP, keep the PSD. If you switch to Photoshop you'll still be able to use them and from that point on you can start keeping the TIF instead to save space.

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And even then, if you do switch over to PS, you can save the files to .tiff yourself to reduce the size of the files.

I used to only save .psd because if the .tiff file is saved correctly to reduce size, PSPx2 wont show the layers and I couldn't scrap with the template. But since I've started to exclusively use PS, I've been saving the .tiff files just because it reduces the size on my harddrive and I can see the file image without having to click on it.

But really its a personal preference thing. Do what is right for you now and as you grow, you adjust and change then.

scrappydoo82
09-28-2012, 04:46 PM
I keep the Tiff's. other than the size is smaller, I like the fact that I can actually see the thumbnail preview.

Nani
10-01-2012, 12:59 PM
I use psd files and delete the tif and png files since I don't use them. I also only occasionally buy templates because once I use a template, I delete the original; my preference because it keeps me from using the same page design over and I have a ton of templates so it frees up space for more! For templates I buy, I keep them and date the folder so I do't use them again in the same year.

I've also been told my scrapbook stuff is scary-organized; something I could NEVER achieve with my paper supplies!

Angelclaud
10-03-2012, 01:17 AM
I also only use psd for templates and will immediately delete all the other formats.