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PSD or PDF?

When saving a master image, should it be saved as a PSD or a PDF file. What is the difference?

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3 responses

  1. Hi Dylan, PSD is the Photoshop native format always use that for your master image files.

    PDF is the Adobe Acrobat format, this is used for posting documents on the web and sending files to commercial printers for printing. you really don’t need to use PDF’s for image storage.

    April 4, 2008 at 10:42 am

  2. I usually save my images in TIFF format.

    Though, out of the two formats you are asking about I would say PSD is more common for photographic images.

    I’ve used PDF format when I have sent brochures and business cards away to be printed. I think this type of file is designed more for documents and that sort of thing.

    April 4, 2008 at 10:55 am

  3. dylanfox

    Cheers fellas.
    I always use PSD but have noticed the PDF file format and wasn’t sure what it was for.
    Thanks

    April 4, 2008 at 11:09 am

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