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Photoshop File Reduction Trick by Zubby Photoshop File Reduction Trick by Zubby
In a good mood so I thought I'd share one of my favorite Photoshop tricks.
This has saved me tons of time. Try it.

Erik Ko (head of UDON) showed me this Photoshop Sorcery when I joined the studio back in 2003 and I've been using it ever since.
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ericktube20 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist
whatt? 2003??? 12 years ago you should share  bru  ------____-------
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Axigan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
WOW!!, thank you so much for this!!
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:iconmanthx:
manthx Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty useful.
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Blacku-draws Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OOH cool, thansk for sharing!
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TwiggyStone Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Wow. Awesome!
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daptosto Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. Thanks man.
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Hideyoshi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
awesome, thanks!
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DTJB Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dwa!
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xland333 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
wow. thanks!
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Smaggers Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Wow, that's nuts.  Presumably that's a preview pic being stored in there.   I wonder if it makes a difference to load times? 
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WyntonRed Featured By Owner May 27, 2015   Digital Artist
I save a lot of work on the cloud- this is mad useful!
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Emperorkarsa Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Oh wow that is a nifty little work around.
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gapriest Featured By Owner May 27, 2015   General Artist
You can essentially do the same thing by simply turning off "Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility" in the File Handling Preferences. :) When it's turned on, a flattened version of the file is saved for software compatibility purposes.
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LordAkiyama Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent tip! Thanks!
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Chuckmingus Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Hard drive is sooo happy
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Luran-V Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing! :happybounce:
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nfteixeira Featured By Owner May 27, 2015   Digital Artist
Wow! Really?! Gotta try this! Thanks! Wink/Razz 
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c0nr4d Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Awesome. Thanks so much.
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:iconbioworkz:
BioWorkZ Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Just tested it and it worked!!!

FUCKIN' GENIUS!!!!
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luckydragonbb Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Good to know.
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:iconzededge:
ZedEdge Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
Dude! Thanks so much! :):)
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masterofshadows Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
I did not know this, it makes no sense, but hey: Adobe. Thanks!
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handsomeape Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
nice!! thank you for sharing
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mikebeals Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's Awesome Thanks for Sharing!
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SteveMillersArt Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
wow, so simple and yet wouldn't have thought XD  thanks for sharing
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digitallyfanged Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
this is super spiffy... but I really like seeing thumbnails of files as I sort through them. (I have a plugin for windows that lets me display them) so I'm super torn here...
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StudioSmugbug Featured By Owner May 27, 2015   Digital Artist
THANK YOU! So helpful!
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KIRKparrish Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
BRILLIANT!
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shaoran100 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
thank u 
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DarkSSJShinji Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Now WHY didn't I figure this out beforehand!?
For almost 8 years, I've used Photoshop without knowing this trick! :wow:

:iconfryplz:
...What else have you been hiding from us?
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JBellio Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
A WITCH!!!  (awesome trick. thanks thanks!)
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The-Cake-is-a-Pie Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
So why would changing layer visibility make any bit of difference either way? Doesn't it just compile the same information into the supported format, whether you see it in the Photoshop editor program or not?
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Zubby Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Photoshop creates a high res preview of the file when it saves. You can get a similar file reduction effect by creating a blank white layer on top of all of your layers and save it out as well. Since the image preview is just a pure white image, it takes up pretty much no extra file space.
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice little trick!
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DenisSavoie Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Photographer
Not so strange. It has to render a preview of all the visible layers and consider their opacity on save, so it they're NOT visible the file size drops.
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Maiden-In-Black Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't know this and it's very useful. Thanks for sharing ^^ 
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JohnKillinger Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
so you can use this to submit art to deviant art that would normally be too large?
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Bensaret Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Seriously??? All it takes is to turn off layer visibility??? Thanks for the tip :)!
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Komikino Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who woulda thunk it???? :)
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zilla774 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
genius. Thanks
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JoeyVazquez Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
Great tip!  Thanks JIM! :D 
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Karmakat01 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can be useful hehe
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steave1425 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thx for sharing. really cool trick :clap:
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AmbiguityArt Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing this, this is great for backups on flash drives and such.
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Max-Dunbar Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional
Great tip! Super clever
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SeanE Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Client: hey, that file you sent me is totally blank when I open it. Can you send it again?
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KingE-Dawg Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I've seen this done before, but how does it work?  PS does its own internal compression on the layers not in use, or...?
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Vincentmrl Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
it's probably the preview in the file being nothing instead of a complex image
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Quas-quas Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats amazing!

How does that even work though haha
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