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How to reduce PS file size (old trick)?

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Old 11-18-2012, 09:51 AM
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How to reduce PS file size (old trick)?

Can anyone remember the old PhotoShop 6 (undocumented) trick to reduce file size? It was something very quick, easy, clever, and simple like saving the file with a different name, creating a new filename, and reopening it. (But, of course, that is not it.) Suddenly, the overgrown file would be rid of excess bloat accumulated from numerous saves. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:29 AM
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Re: How to reduce PS file size (old trick)?

Not sure if this is the 'trick' you mean. If you add a new blank layer and fill with white to the top of your layer stack you will shave the final file size.

Tried this to confirm with a 215 Mb file after adding new layer set to white file size 195 Mb approx. You will loose the ability to view your psd thumbnail as it will be white
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:18 PM
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Re: How to reduce PS file size (old trick)?

Thanks for the fast reply. That was very interesting as it stripped a 234,000K file down to 220,000K. The "File save & reopen trick" I want to find cuts the file to half or less of its bloated size. Does anyone else know?
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:23 PM
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Re: How to reduce PS file size (old trick)?

If you switch off the photoshop layer visability it will reduced the file size considerably.
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