Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PS Tutorial: How to Save Your Layouts for Gallery Upload (Part 1)

Hi everyone! Zakirah here with an exclusive tutorial on how to save your gorgeous layouts for gallery upload (and preserve the quality too).

In this tutorial, I'm going to share with you 3 techniques - Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. At the end of the tutorial, I'm also going to show you how to automate the Advanced technique (which is my favorite), so that you'll be able to save your layouts for web within a few clicks!

I'll also break this tutorial into two parts, so that it'll be easier for you.

In Part 1, I'll share with you the Basic and Intermediate techniques, and in Part 2 (which will be published tomorrow), I'll share the Advanced technique and Automation Tutorial.

So let's get started!

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We'll be using the Save for Web feature for this.

1. Open your flattened JPG layout and navigate to Image > Image Size...

2. Change the Resolution to 72 pixels/inch, and Width and Height to 600 pixels. Click OK.

Navigate to File > Save for Web & Devices...

4. In the Save for Web dialog box, choose JPEG as file format, set the quality to anywhere between 60-85, and check the boxes next to Optimized, Embed Color Profile and Convert to sRGB. Click "Save".

We're done! Here's the result:

Now let's take a look at technique #2.

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We'll be using the High Pass filter and Fill & Adjustment Layer features.

1. Let's open up our flattened JPG layout and resize it o 600x600 px, just like in Step 1 of Technique #1. Navigate to Image > Image Size... , and set the settings like so:

2. Now let's duplicate the Background layer. Navigate to Layer > Duplicate Layer...

3. Select the duplicate layer by clicking on it, and then navigate to Filter > Other > High Pass...

4. In the dialog box that appeared, set the Radius to 1.5 pixels, then click OK.

5. Your duplicate layer will look crazy now, but that's ok.

Back on the Layer palette, choose the duplicate layer and click on the "Normal" box next to "Opacity" to open up the layer blend mode. You'll get a long box like this, and choose Soft Light.

6. Let's take a look at the result:

7. Our layout looks too sharp and the shadows became too dark, so let's lower the layer opacity a bit, to around 15%-30% (I like 15% here):

8. Next, we'll bump the saturation a little bit to make the page looks more vibrant. Select the Background layer, then click on the icon shown below, and choose Hue/Saturation (this will create a new adjustment layer):

 9. In the Adjustments layer settings, increase the saturation to around 5-15 (I use 8 here):

We're done! Let's look at the result:

To save your page, follow step 3-4 in Technique #1.

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Now that's we've completed Technique #1 & #2, let's compare the results:

As you can see, Technique #1 (Original) saved our layout nicely, but some of the details and colors are lost in the process. The result is blurry and not vibrant.

When we sharpened the layout in Technique #2 step #3, the details of the layout are enhanced, but it looks too sharp.

Hence in step #7, we lowered the opacity of the sharpened layer to 15%, and now it looks just nice.

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So that's Techniques #1 and #2! Come back tomorrow to learn Technique #3 - Advanced and Automation Tutorial.

Thank you for reading!

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