Linking jpeg images in layers in to the original jpeg file

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by bixx, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. bixx

    bixx Guest

    Background:
    Briefly, I'm putting together a flyer for a guy who sells radio control
    boats. Some of his boat images aren't so good, so I'm working with them
    (ie using graduated filters to liven them up a bit), saving the finished
    image as a jpeg, opening the jpeg and dragging the image into a new
    layer in my original work...hopefully this makes sense.

    Problem/Question:
    If the jpeg doesn't work right I have to go back to square one and
    recreate the jpeg and drag it back into the work again - there a quite
    a few images that need work. This got me wondering...is it possible to
    somehow link the jpeg in a layer to the original jpeg on my c: so I see
    the changes instantly on saving?

    P
     
    bixx, Apr 26, 2006
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    KatWoman Guest


    keep your working files in psd format and in layers
    make new jpegs using "save for web" each time
    if you save jpg over jpg repeatedly you will see a lot of image degradation
    (artifacts) as it compresses already compressed info, not to mention you
    cannot save cutout areas, adjust later etc.
     
    KatWoman, Apr 26, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    You may be referring to Smart Objects in CS2: the layer will refer back to
    the original file rather than the embedded sample.
    You should never resave as a jpeg an image you intend to further process.
    Save those original jpegs once opened as psd files and process them
    losslessly. Do not convert back to jpeg until your final step.
     
    bmoag, Apr 26, 2006
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    Hunt Guest

    As others have said, Save_As PSD, then Save_As JPG for the flier. If Smart
    Objects does not give what you want, you may wish to do the flier layout in
    InDesign, as it does Link the image. Link to PSD and then do the sizing in ID.
    It is also a lot easier to set your type in, than is Photoshop. This assumes,
    however, that you have InDesign.

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Apr 26, 2006
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    tacit Guest

    You are already making two mistakes.

    First, you should not do brochures in Photoshop. This is a job for a
    page layout program, not an image editing program.

    Second, why are you saving your files as JPEG? You should *never* save
    an image as JPEG unless you have a clear, detailed, and very good reason
    why it HAS to be JPEG and no other image format will work.

    JPEG is lossy. When you save a JPEg, the quality of the image is
    degraded. When you open a JPEG and save it again, the quality is
    degraded again. This degradation is cumulative and irreversible. Why are
    oyu using JPEG instead of TIFF or some other non-degraded format?
     
    tacit, Apr 28, 2006
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  6. bixx

    tacit Guest

    Better yet, do not use JPEG at all. For a flyer, there is absolutely no
    reason whatsoever why the original poster should ever be saving JPEG
    images.
     
    tacit, Apr 28, 2006
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