Difference Between PSD and JPG? How to Convert File Formats

In this tutorial, you’ll learn the differences between PSD and JPG file formats and how to save them in Adobe Photoshop. Basic information for designers and beginners on Photoshop application.

How to Save PSD in Photoshop

You have done some work in Photoshop and it’s time to save the file. If you have saved a work as a PSD file, you can open it later and make changes on it. Or you can continue working on a project. You have left unfinished. This is the main purpose of PSD. Saving our work so that you can continue working later. Layers, effects, masks can be edited. When you need, you can open this PSD file again and continue editing it.

In fact, if I have to show you directly with an example, let this be your workspace and you add various objects to your workspace. You have prepared a work. You have saved these work as PSD. You close the file and reopened it. Then since each of these layers is a layer, you can edit and replace these layers. If you save this file as JPEG, all layers become a single file and you can’t make any edits on these objects.

To save a work we have done as PSD, we choose File > Save As and choose PSD in the window that opens. Let’s give it a name. I name it Photoshop. Selecting the layers option among the options here allows our working layers to be saved in a way that they can be edited later. Since this is the purpose of PSD, the layers option is already selected by default. If we save by deselecting this option, they will be saved as a single layer, not layered like this. Let’s try both and see the difference. Since Layers is marked, I entered the name as Layers and in the same way, I uncheck the layers and save it with the name Photoshop only.

When I open the folder where I saved the file, you will see the difference in size here. Merged all the layers and saved it as a single layer. It is small in size as it is a single layer. The size of the PSD file with the layers is larger. Because it contains editable layers. When we save our Photoshop work as JPGs, they are saved as a single layer. JPG files can mostly be used to send to a client after you’re done, for publishing on a website, or to save as a single image in the archive when you no longer need a PSD file.

How to Save JPG in Photoshop

To save a work as JPG in Photoshop, we use the Ctrl + Shift + Alt + S keys or we use the Save for Web option under File > Export. This window that comes up allows you to save the image with different options. Such as resizing, the quality of the file you will save.

We can even save the file with image formats other than JPEG from here, I chose it as JPEG. I can improve its quality. Depends on what you are going to do. Look on the left. How many kilobytes is specified. It changes as you decrease the quality. This time the extension will of course be JPG. Because we can’t save as PSD from here. We save it as JPEG, or as I just said, we can save it in a format among the options here. When I save it as JPEG, although it appears as layered. When I opened the file I saved with Photoshop. You will see that it is not layered. All layers are merged and saved as a single layer.

Difference Between JPG and JPEG

There are also JPEG files. But there is no difference between JPG and JPEG, except for a single letter. JPG is an extension from the three letter extensions of very old versions of Windows. The original is JPEG. It started to be used as JPEG after the end of the three letter restriction, but JPG remained widespread.

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