Save your file as a PSB or "Large Document Format". 2 GB is the PSD size limit.
My file became bigger what should i use to save a file over 4gb
You should use the Large Document Format (PSB). The limit is around 4 Exabytes or 4 billion GB. 300,000 x 300,000 pixels max.
Guys sometime it will continue to show you that error even after sliding the file handling and stuff. Best way is to go to Image on the top and click Image Size, decrease the height and width pixels (check the proportion box in the bottom). On the right you will see the image size to go down. This gives enough room for upcoming layers to fit in that size.
I, too, have gotten this message, even though my document has only 2 layers and the document size in the bottom left says "Doc: 260.0M/520.0M." It's nowhere near 2GB. Why does this message continue to appear? I shouldn't have to save my 520MB file as a PSB.
One simple trick that may work is to crop your image to the final size which gets rid of any size-hogging material that is not relevant. For example, I added snowflakes to a photo using the noise filter. I had to scale that layer up 800% which caused the file size to explode from 100M to 7G. I only needed the effect on the original size so cropping it removed 90% of the layer. File went back down to 109M and saved normally.
You Rock!! That was it. Once I cropped the unneccessary part of the image - My file reduced by 2/3s in size!! Thank you
Because Photoshop is trash. I have a 1.4gb project opened. I paste a 45 MB image into it and the filesize is now 9.5GB. I then immediately delete that layer and boom, now it's only 9.48 GB. Thanks photoshop! Photoshop is trash. I have 50k hours in this program, and it is broken beyond belief.
I created this a year and a half ago in photoshop. it has over 2500 layers and is right about where it belongs at just under 4GB at full 36x24 300dpi print resolution. The file I am currently debating whether to throw my laptop out a window over is a 1 page website with not even a 10th of the amount of layers and is broken. Get your house in order adobe.
So? There was a perfectly rational explanation in that thread...?
"I have a 1.4gb project opened. I paste a 45 MB image into it and the filesize is now 9.5GB. I then immediately delete that layer and boom, now it's only 9.48 GB."
I agree the size sounds absolutely outlandish. But if you delete the pixel content and the size remains, something else is going on. Photoshop can't do that on its own. Maybe there's off-canvas content that wasn't deleted. Metadata would also remain in the file. I'm not saying that could normally account for 9GB, but it could contribute. If the file has a long history of copy/pastes, metadata can explode to absolutely unbelievable sizes.
Where do you read the file size? Is that encoded/packaged size on disk, or decoded/expanded size in RAM?
I agree, it's trash. There is no psb file extension option in the menu when I try to save my larger than 2GB psd file. What kind of garbage programming is this? Looking for new software option now, and preparing to cancel my Adobe subscription. The file size should be unlimited. So disappointed. Adios Adobe.
There's no garbage programming. We all get a PSB option in the save dialog, always, regardless of file size. If you don't get it, you have a corrupt install.
I finally located the PSB option. There is a serious defect in the PSD programming though. I had a PSD file that is 1.2 GB in size. I opened it and added one TIF image that was 58 MB in size, then tried to save the PSD file. I got an error message that the file was larger than 2 GB and could not be saved. Something is very, very wrong here. The added image was not 800 MB. It was 58 MB. Adding 58 MB to the 1.2 GB PSD caused it to give the error message that the PSD file was larger than 2 GB. So, you guys need to overhaul the PSD saving process. It is horribly defective.