Last week my friend Stan from Scrapper’s Workshop shared some tips on saving your layouts for professional printing. This week I promised I would answer the second half of the reader’s question:
Secondly, I know that there is a way youâ€™re supposed to save your layouts for posting on the internet, and I know how to do this, but is there a way to save that as a â€œsettingâ€ or an â€œactionâ€ so I donâ€™t have to go through those steps each time?
The reader is correct, most of the free digital scrapbooking galleries require that you layouts be sized to 600×600 pixels and be smaller than 150K. While there are variations on this, generally speaking this is the norm. Here’s how I would do this manually (illustrated with PSE). It’s pretty easy, actually.
Saving files for digital scrapbooking galleries
Step 1: Open the PSD file you wish to save to gallery size.
Step 2: Navigation to File > Save for Web.
Step 3: Select “Yes” on the pop-up.
Step 4: You’re now in the Save for Web dialog box.
Step 5: In the Image Size area, change the size to 600×600 pixels. Click “Apply’.
Step 6: In the top right, select the arrow and “Optimize to File Size”.
Step 7: Enter 150 in the box and hit “OK”.
Step 8: You should see in the right panel that the file is now less than 150K in size. Select “OK”.
Step 9: Save your file with your desired location and file name.
A time-saving action
So, the answer to the reader’s question is yes and no. An action can be created to re-size your layout (we’ll assume 12″x12″). However, it is not possible to record an optimization of file size to 150K.
To make the manual method above even-easier, I’ve created an action (for Photoshop & PSE) that completes Steps 1-5 for you. It will leave you in the Save for Web dialog, where you’ll use Steps 6-9 to optimize the size and complete the save. I wish it could take you all the way, but I hope this helps a little!
Instructions for installing actions
How to find your action once installed in PSE
Actions are pretty straightforward in Photoshop, but can be tricky to locate in PSE. Here’s how you will find the Simple Scrapper – Save for Gallery Action:
Step 4. With the original image open, click “Apply” to run.
Disclaimer: This action has been tested in Photoshop CS4 on a PC and PSE 6 on a Mac. It’s a pretty simple action, but please let me know if you have any issues with it and I’ll create an updated version.