Reducing The Size of PSD Files

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Jan 17, 2020

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My camera takes 4000 x 6000 pixel images. This is what I have discovered about the file size of PSD files with PSE 2020.

 

Experiment 1 with default saving preferences:

One original Background layer = 69 Mbt 

Making A duplicate layer  = 206 Mbt or about 127 Mbt more

I tried disabling previews in preferences = still 206 Mbt after saving

Making a third white solid colour layer top = 140 Mbt a saving of  66 Mbt???

 

Experiment 2 with mazimize PSD compatibility set to Never:

One original Background layer = 69 Mbt 

Making A duplicate layer  = 138 Mbt or double (Not 206 Mbt like before)

I tried disabling previews in preferences = still 138 Mbt after saving

Making a third white solid colour layer top = still 138 Mbt

 

So it appears the greatest saving is by setting PSD compatibility to never. 

 

I need help with three questions please.

 

Q- In the first experiment, why is just making a solid white layer on top reducing the file size by 66 Mbt? Does the image preview take that much space?

 

Q- The file size is greatly reduced if I disable maximum psd compatibility. Are there any disadvantages if I leave it like this? I generally do not need to share psd files. I think I can still open them with my older version of PSE 9.

 

Q- Is it better to leave the setting to always save image previews? What does this do anyway? There is no reduction in file size. Whether its turned on or off I can still see my thumbnails in Windows explorer.

 

Your advice would be appreciated.

 

Kind regards

 

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