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How do I maintain colors in a saved picture?


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I have read through the FAQs and searched the forums as best I could but have been unable to find a solution to my problem. So I hope you folks can either tell me what to do or point me to a thread or tutorial that will solve my problem.

I have black and white pictures (jpg) that I am colorizing, virtually pixel by pixel, and utilizing the magic wand. If I complete the picture in one sitting and save it, when I reload it, all the pixels are the same colors as I had them. However, if I only get partway through a picture and save it, when I reload it, many of the pixels have been changed to some kind of blended color, particularly around the edges of areas on which I've worked, but often even original areas have had the colors adjusted. What I would like to be able to do is save work I've done and return to it at a later time to continue colorizing, without the pixels having changed.

I've been through the tutorial on blending, hoping that this may have provided some way to turn off the feature, if that is indeed what is happening, but so far I have had no success. There's probably something simple that I'm just completely missing, but I'm at a loss as to where to find it. If you can, please let me know how to stop the pixel color adjustments, or point me to a thread I must have missed in my search.

Thank you in advance.

-- Xix

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What file format are you saving in?

 

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Yep, Ash has it right...

Jpeg files are also commonly referred to as lossy files, meaining they lose detail, because it doesn't save every single pixel.

.png files are great and won't lose any detail

also targa files and bitmap (.tga and .bmp) work as well. It all depends on what you intend to use them for, as some file types are larger than others.

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