Working with Photoshop #2

Photojunction also harnesses the power of Photoshop for you during the export stage of the workflow, when you can open and edit exported page layouts in Photoshop from within Photojunction, just as you did the original image files. After you export your high-res page layouts (almost always using Photoshop) they become visible in the Export Layouts window. The layout files will have been saved to your hard disk, and so under your care and control, and many people want to work on them before printing. But you need to take care. If you rename or move the files, for example, Photojunction won’t be able to find them for uploading. You can avoid problems if you open and work on the files from within Photojunction. Just click the Open In Editor button in the Export Layouts window or double click on a layout and it’ll open up in Photoshop for you. Provided you export the layout as a PSD, Photojunction makes it easy to do your creative and corrective edits, because it makes each element in your layout (images, text, backgrounds etc) a separate layer. But there are things you shouldn’t do. I’ve already explained why you shouldn’t rename or move the files. But please don’t change image dimensions, the position of images on layouts, resolution or file type either, or you could introduce more problems, which PJ’s internal error-checking won’t be able to detect – for example a mismatch between your album design and your print files, or print files that don’t match the lab’s specifications! If you do want to change the layout, no problem: just go back to Photojunction, redesign the layout, return to the Export Layouts screen and re-export that layout so the print file you send off to your lab reflects the changes you’ve made. Cheers, Nigel PS No problem? Not unless you decide to redesign the layout AFTER you do the creative Photoshop stuff…

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