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I know how to trim a document to get rid of surrounding transparent space, but is there a way to do this only for saving off to web & devices, without impacting the actual document?

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If this is related to your puppy question it might not be optimal, but I couldn't be happier with this program Absolutely awesome program for saving individual layers or group of layers. You should definitely try it out. – Joonas Sep 2 '12 at 18:23
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Solution A: Duplicate Image

When you want to save a web copy, you could duplicate the image (Image -> Duplicate), then do the adjustments for the copied (and possibly flattened) image.

I usually do it that way so the original image stays untouched, while the web save gets little color tweaks and watermarks. After saving I discard the copy, since there's really no need for it.

Solution B: Slices

You could also use Slices for this.

  • Use the Slice tool to select the area of the image to be saved.
  • Go to Save for Web and Devices, and use Slice Select tool to choose the right slice of the image.
  • After clicking Save, there's a Slices selection box in the very bottom of file dialog, where you'd choose "Selected Slices".

Personally I think it's a bit clunky way to do it, since it likes to create extra folders, and slices get in the way on the image side. But maybe it'll work with your work flow.

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Hrulga- thanks, I was already doing A, just wondered if there was something more efficient. Haven't tried slices yet.. – Yarin Sep 2 '12 at 20:49
Slices might be handy if the same image gets dozens of different variations to be saved. Otherwise it's probably just too messy to use. – Hrulga Sep 2 '12 at 21:34

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