Do you keep your Photoshop files?

It’s a simple question. Do you keep your Photoshop (or other software, if you use that) files once you are done with photo editing? I do and I’m curious what other photographers doo. It takes quite a lot of hard drive storage to keep them, and I almost never need them. Let’s look at some reasons why to keep them or why not.

Takes too much storage

Ok, the biggest reason again, is just the size. I even had to switch to PSB from PSD files for my photos, as the PSD is limited to 2GB in size and most of my photos will not fit into that. And with adding more and more photos every day, this gets into terabytes over time. And of course, you have to at least double this, as one needs a backup all the time.

This became a smaller problem over the years, as the price for storage is going down all the time, and even 8 and 10tb hard drives are quite cheap now. Still, it’s a huge amount of storage, that you have to deal with.

You will almost never go back

I keep a full JPG version of my photos, a web-sized JPG version of my photos and a PSD version with all the editing layers. Do I ever go back and re-edit the PSD files? I can’t remember a time I did that. I could probably just flatten them and save that as a much smaller PSD, a TIFF or something similar.

Since they are also so big, they open quite slower, and a lot of programs can’t even show a preview of them at all.

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Always backing up RAW files

I, and I think you should too, always back up your RAW files. Being able to go back, and re-edit a file you took years ago, with new software and new techniques you learn is just great. But in this case, you would start from the beginning, with the RAW file. One would not go back to the PSD and try to re-edit from an already finished version.

You can see and show how you edited a photo

Probably the biggest reason I keep the files for myself. Here and there I show sometimes how a photo was edited, and in the past, I did that regularly on the blog here. But I stopped doing that, as in reality, you can’t really learn that much from that. One does not need to know how a photo was edited, but which techniques were used to do so. What works on one photo does not have to work on another.

In the end, I keep them, as I have enough storage to do so. But I have no real use for them or reason to do so. Maybe it’s just because I spend so much time working on them in the first place.

What do you do? Do you keep all the files or just get rid of them and keep the result?

Wallpapers

I’m slowly updating the wallpapers selection on the blog with more and more of them. And looking at the stats, seems you, the visitors, like them. So today there are again new ones, in the super ultra-wide selection.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

Update to super-ultra wide wallpapers

And here are the new ones for you to download. No theme this tiem, just a random selecton.

Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px
Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px
Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px
Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px

Wallpapers

Somehow I managed to catch a cold right nice at the end of the summer. And while my head hurts, I really hate to sit at the pc and do anything. So instead of a new photo, how about some new wallpapers. Cropping those is much faster than editing :)

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

Dubai 4K wallpapers

From the page stats, it looks like the most popular wallpapers are from Dubai, so how about even more of those.




Wallpapers

wallpapers desktopI mentioned before, that though I share super ultra-wide wallpapers with you, I never have seen how they look like on a screen. Since I don’t have a wide enough monitor myself, I can’t try them out. But yesterday, I stumbled upon this photo on Reddit and of course, I immediately recognized one of my photos. And I’m sharing that photo here today with you, with the permission of the Reddit user phauk, whose computer setup this it. It does look great, doesn’t it?

If you use one of my wallpapers, not only the super ultra-wide ones, and have taken a photo of your setup, feel free to send it to me. The next time I do a wallpaper update post, I will include it.

And for today, how about even more super ultra-wide wallpapers for download. As always, these are all free for personal use and you can share them further, just link back to this blog. No commercial use without my permission.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

New super ultra-wide wallpapers

There is no theme this time, I did a random selection. Even so, each one is from a different country. You have here Netherlands, France, Austria and Slovakia.

Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px
Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px
Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px
Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px

Topaz Gigapixel AI

I did an article about Topaz Gigapixel AI before, but with all of the recent updates, I thought I do one more. I am quite impressed by the results and have been using it right from when it was available. The ability to enlarge a photo by a lot, and still have a great result is just priceless.

Topaz Gigapixel AI

Today, I will go through some of the uses for it and will add a few more comparisons against photoshop at the end.

Different uses

There are few different uses for Topaz Gigapixel AI so let’s go through them.

  • Enlarging photos – Of course the most basic one is what it was made for, to enlarge photos. It works great for this and now, if I need to print one of my older, smaller, photos, I first enlarge it here. With the latest update, it also detects faces, to make the enlargement even better.
  • Enlarging drawings – While it works great on photos, the results with drawings are even better. Anything with sharp lines and bigger color areas is upscaled perfectly. Can’t really show an example, as I don’t draw and don’t want to use anyone else’s image, but if you try it out, you will be impressed.
  • Oversampling images – For this I did a guide here. By upscaling the image in Gigapixel AI and then downsizing it back to the original size in Photoshop, you will end up with much cleaner and sharper image.
  • Creating high-resolution photos form videos – I had few occasions recently, where I needed to make a printable photo from a video clip. I like to use Media Player Classic as my main video player, and in that one, I just hit Alt+I to save an image of the actual frame. Upscaling that in Gigapixel AI crates a very good quality image to further work with.
  • Upscaling videos – And while we are at upscaling one frame, you can upscale a whole video like that. Just search on youtube for Gigapixel AI upscaled videos. The process here is to first break up the video into frames, upscale those and then combine them back into video. I will not go through detail on this here, but here is one of the ways to do this.

As you can see, you can use it in quite a lot of cases.

Comparisons

Let’s look at few comparisons here. Just to show you how powerful it is. All are compared again a standard upscale in Photoshop, at 100% zoom. I upscaled smaller images here, so it’s easier to see the difference.

First one is a regular photo. Upscaled from 1580×1050 to 6320×4200. That’s from 1.6Mpix to 26.5Mpix. You can see the original file from which this was upscaled here.

The second one with a human face in the photo, as Gigapixel AI now recognizes faces. The difference here is really huge. Upscaled from 1350×900 to 5400×3600. That’s from 1.2Mpix to 19.4Mpix. You can see the original file from which this was enlarged here.

And for the last one, here is one enlarged from a video frame. So going from 1920×1080 to 7680×4320. That is from HD to 8K resolution.

As before, I would suggest you give this one a try, if you ever need to enlarge a photo. You can get a 30 day fully functional trial from the Topaz Labs website here.

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