5 Ways to Reduce PSD Size | TrickyPhotoshop

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Hey guys I am Vaibhav and I am back with a new tip for Photoshop lovers. Today I am going to show you 5 Ways to Reduce PSD Size. Last time I discussed about Brightening the Whites of an Eye in Photoshop which is really a recommended tutorial for studio and fashion photographers. Today I am going to talk about reducing your Photoshop file size i.e. your PSD size which really becomes huge in size if the precautions are not taken properly. This huge size creates lot of problems when you need to deliver to your PSD to your client. Suppose your PSD size in 100 MB and you need to deliver 100 PSD’s then the total size will be more than 10 GB which I think takes lot of time to delivers. Apart from this will also fill up your hard drive with 10 GB.

TIP 1: Use Adjustment Layer’s for Blending Modes

I have seen many photographers (even myself) sometimes duplicates a layer and change their Blend Mode to Screen, Overlay etc. to bring life to the image. Duplicating a Layer increases the PSD size drastically. Let me demonstrate you this fact with an example. In the below screenshot, my initial file size is 46 M.

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As my image is too much underexposed so if I try to duplicate my “background” layer and then if I change the Blend Mode to Screen, my file size will become twice the initial size.

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Instead of that if I create a new adjustment layer and then change the blend mode to Screen, my PSD size will not exceed. In the below screenshot you can see that instead of duplicating a “background” layer I have created a new adjustment layer and then I changed the Blend Mode to Screen. By doing this my PSD size is still 46M.

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TIP 2: Hide All The Layers Before Saving

This tip might not be suited for everyone but this tip also decreases the PSD size by 10-20%. In the below screenshot you can see that I have duplicated my layers couple of times to increase my PSD size.

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After saving the image in PSD, my file has become 198 MB.

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If I turn off the visibility of all the layers then my PSD size should be decreased.

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After saving the image in PSD, my PSD size is decreased by 70 MB. Now it is 128 MB.

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Vaibhav Sharan
Vaibhav Sharan
Hello guys I am Vaibhav Sharan and was born in 1992. I am pursuing electrical and electronics and also a self learnt Photoshop enthusiast. Check out my BRAND NEW website: LivingWealthily.
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  • Michael
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    I read your article, 5 Ways To Reduce PSD File Size, and am wondering if you can offer some insight to a file size problem I’m having. Your article and tips are great and I will certainly use them going forward. For now, however, I’m having an issue with tiff files that I can’t figure out. Here’s an example: I open a 40 mb tiff (no previous editing), add one curves adjustment layer, and save the file using LZW, Interleaved, IBM PC, and RLE. My file balloons in size when saved to 133 mb. Again, it’s a simple tiff with no previous editing and the curves adjustment layer is the only change (no resizing, nothing). If I save the same file as a psd it jumps to 86 mb. Meanwhile, the onscreen Document size remains at 44.9/44.9 for the psd.If I delete the single adjustment layer the psd file size drops to 45.9 mb. Why is the adjustment layer causing the file size to so dramatically increase whether it a tiff or psd file? Any ideas? Thanks!

    • Vaibhav
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      Hello Michael,

      Glad that you like the tutorial.

      Regarding to the TIFF file, I am not very much sure about it. To be honest, I rarely use TIFF file. I usually use PSD, NEF. CR2 or JPEG formats.

      The most probable answer that I can say is that the file size does not jumps up because you have added one extra adjustment layer. The reason may be the details that the adjustment layer brings to the image. Generally, more the details more will be the file size.

      Best Regards,
      Vaibhav

      • Michael
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        Thanks for the reply. This also happens when using PSD files. If I flatten the image (whether psd or tiff) the saved file returns to its normal size. This happens on any random file I select. Perhaps you could try this out on your installation of Photoshop?

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