I recently opened two JPG’s (about 10Mb each) as layers in Photo Raw. I completed some simple masking and, safe in the knowledge that the work would not need further changes, I merged the layers to leave only one layer. I then continued editing as normal using the develop, effect, and local adjustment tools. On returning to Browse (therefore “saving” the changes) I was surprised to find that a .ONPHOTO file had been created which is 75Mb.
The file size itself is not an issue (although it does slow down performance), but I am concerned that my edits are now baked into a .ONPHOTO file. Any re-work must therefore be applied to this file.
I also tested simply opening a JPG, duplicated the layer, then merged the layers. On returning to Browse a .ONPHOTO file was created. It therefore appears that once layers have been used, a .ONPHOTO is always created.
After the long introduction, my short question is, has anybody found a work-around so that even after layers have been used and then merged, the original file format is saved, in my case a JPG?
There is no work around. Whenever you work with multiple Layers an .onphoto file is created. If you want to keep the edits made to the original images after they have been layered, instead of Merging them together which discards the original Layers use the New Stamped Layer command. That will retain the original Layers so you can go back and re-edit them if needed.0
Thanks for confirming Brian.
I now realise that what I should have done is, complete the layer masking, merge layers, return to browse, export the .onphoto to a JPG, then do the rest of the editing in the new JPG. I am not sure I will remember next time though, which is why I asked about a workaround!0
Roger, the only reason you'd ever need to do that is if your PC is struggling with the large files. If your PC isn't having that problem, then you should do all of your work with the .Onphoto file otherwise you're defeating the purpose of the Non-destructive workflow.
On the other hand, if that is what you need to do, in On1 layers, you should do nothing more than combining your layers before creating your JPG otherwise any other editing would be burned in at that point and you wouldn't be able to re-edit it.
As for creating that JPG, you can make a preset in Export that saves a JPG back to the original folder. if you were working with RAW files, you'd set it to save back TIFF or PSD files.0
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