Please, make PLACE LINKED real LINKED FILES !

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Hello,

I'm a photoshop user and constantly work on very big paper formats like A0 in 300dpi. Which produce huge files. This is not an issue as I save my source files as .TIFF compressed using ZIP compression.

The problem comes from photoshop when I place one of them LINKED inside a .PSD document, just to tweak it and put some adjustment layers on top of it.

Because I choose PLACE LINKED, and not PLACE EMBEDDED, I want it to be just a link to the original file just like how INDESIGN works, which should produce a .PSD file of a few mb.

Right now, it definitly seems like photoshop actually save a copy of the linked file in the .PSD file because when saved, it produces a HUGE .PSD about 500MB, even with "maximize compatibility" checked. (While the .TIFF source file is only about 150MB)

This is obviously a big concern to me because I work on about 2000 thousands .PSD files which take so much space in the end that I have to be equiped with dozens of hard drives.

Please, can you make Photoshop use "place linked" as a reference to the original file ? (Or at least provide an option to be selected so users like me can decide according to their need)

Thank you
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You can Package PSD files once you're at the end of the design/layout. It then creates a folder much like INDD which includes a linked folder. Or when starting out on a complex PSD file, I'll create a LinkedFilesFolder and begin to place files in there. Because sometimes there will be a mismatched color profile or something, and then it won't allow you to package. This way you know where the linked files are in case you have to manually package everything. If this doesn't make sense, let me know and I'll try to give more details. But you will end up with a large sized folder.
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Thank you for replying !

Unfortunatly, this doesn't solve the issue because when packaging the .PSD file, it saves the linked file in a separate folder, but the .PSD file still is 500MB...