There’s a more modern way for you to export your JPEGs, PNGs, and (static) GIFs than Save For Web, and that’s File>Export>Export As. Here you can choose the file format and see what the compression will look like in the 2-Up window, as well as lots of other options. If you’re working on large images, the performance will be faster than Save for Web. I still like Save for Web, not just because I remember when ImageReady was turned into Save for Web in Photoshop 5.5 (sorry, dating myself), but because it has additional features such as the ability to maintain all metadata and create custom color reduction and lookup tables for animated GIFs. If you don’t use what I just mentioned, or know what that is, then Export As will work for you just fine and provide all the functionality you need. 


This tip originally appeared in Colin Smith’s Photoshop Tips column in the September, 2022 issue of Photoshop User magazine.

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