Photoshop: Reduce image file size by avoid storing rasterized versions of smart object raw files

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An configuration option to Photoshop for avoid storing rasterized versions of layers, consisting of smart object RAW files, in order to keep the file size down.

It should be possible to regenerate the rasterization from the RAW file each time the file is opened.

It would probably take more time to open the file, but that is acceptable. And the performance may be improved by using the cache from Camera Raw?

The file format may not be backward compatible and it may require Camera Raw to be installed, but that is also acceptable.

Thanks,

Ulrik Svensson
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Ulrik Svensson

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Posted 7 years ago

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Chris Cox

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Unfortunately, that would cause a lot of problems with backward compatibility, and require reading and re-rasterizing the smart object every time you opened the file. That would make file opening much slower, and make documents using smart objects require more memory and more scratch space.
While it sounds interesting for one person - it's a nightmare if you have to share the files at all.
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And, as the interpretation of RAW-SOs seems to be dependent on the Preferences > Image Interpolation-settings, would re-calculating on opening not incur the risk of different results on different stations?
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Chris Cox

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Well, there is that, too.