ADOBE PHOTOSHOP > SAVE FOR WEB
In this class we'll use the JPG format. There are times when you GIF or PNG are better then choose these instead.
You can compare several different file formats at one time, choose 2-up or 4-up from here and you can optimize your image size and quality.
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This method has been changed with the most recent versions of Creative Cloud.
In Photoshop, the Save for Web option under the File Menu is a great way to create specific formats used online such as JPG, GIF, or PNG images when you're finished with your rendering. However, it is also very useful for capturing your process as you're working, effectively creating high quality captures of your image development which we will use when we create a book or poster that documents our process.
The images below walk you through these few steps.
Stage 1: Empathize—Research Your Users' Needs
The first stage of the design thinking process allows you to gain an empathetic understanding of the problem you’re trying to solve, typically through user research. Empathy is crucial to a human-centered design process like design thinking because it allows you to set aside your own assumptions about the world and gain real insight into users and their needs.
Stage 2: Define—State Your Users' Needs and Problems
In the Define stage, you accumulate the information you created and gathered during the Empathize stage. You analyze your observations and synthesize them to define the core problems you and your team have identified so far. You should always seek to define the problem statement in a human-centered manner as you do this.
Stage 3: Ideate—Challenge Assumptions and Create Ideas
Designers are ready to generate ideas as they reach the third stage of design thinking. The solid background of knowledge from the first two phases means you can start to “think outside the box”, look for alternative ways to view the problem and identify innovative solutions to the problem statement you’ve created.
Stage 4: Prototype—Start to Create Solutions
This is an experimental phase, and the aim is to identify the best possible solution for each of the problems identified during the first three stages. Design teams will produce a number of inexpensive, scaled-down versions of the product (or specific features found within the product) to investigate the problem solutions generated in the previous stage.
Stage 5: Test—Try Your Solutions Out
Designers or evaluators rigorously test the complete product using the best solutions identified in the Prototype phase. This is the final phase of the model but, in an iterative process such as design thinking, the results generated are often used to redefine one or more further problems. Designers can then choose to return to previous stages in the process to make further iterations, alterations and refinements to rule out alternative solutions.
Stage 6: Repeat
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For our work in this class, make sure your JPG compression is on Maximum; in this case meaning maximum quality.
Likewise set the Quality to 100
When those are set, go ahead and Save
Choose where you want your file saved and then Save
In this window, Images Only will usually come up by default; make sure you double check it though...
Remember, in our labs, the primary boot drives are wiped clean and re-built each night to prevent viruses and ensure reliability. Make sure you save
and/or backup your work to your portable drive, flash drive, thumb drive,
to your personal cloud account or some other solution.
The S drive (CSULB Design Lab 103/105) is NOT erased each night.
Also, working directly from your USB thumb drive may be fine on small files, but you will notice significant lag and performance reduction when you work on large Photoshop files, ie. files with many layers and at a substantial resolution. It is not uncommon for an image to be upwards of a gigabyte. For optimal performance, copy your file to the desktop or S drive and work on this file.
At the end of the session, make sure you copy the file back to your backup device.
Cloud solutions are NOT recommended as these large files will take a
very long time to transfer.
Your time is valuable and I try to provide you with time-saving solutions
where ever possible.
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