Archiving Files

As you complete the edit work on images, move them out of the "Working Images" directory or it'll quickly become a mess. I have a file tree for Finished projects. Each project has its own folder, and completed images are stored under the project folder. Keep the Clean file, Edit file, and appropriate Print or Web file for every image. It might be necessary to return to them in the future. If you want to edit the image again from the start, use the Clean file; make minor changes to the image edit, the Edit file; quickly make a print, the Print file; or move the file to the web, the Web file.

Eventually, you'll find your hard drive filling up with images under the Original Images folder, the Working Images folder, and the Finished projects folder. Don't just buy a bigger hard drive; you'll just fill it up, too. Determine a mode for storing extra files off your computer. Unfortunately, there is really no great way to archive large amounts of digital imaging data. But the powers that be in the computer industry are working to improve this. For now, though, one mode of archiving is with CDs or DVDs. But take care to select only archival CDs or DVDs and to store them in a protected environment, for example away from light. Also, be advised that archiving with CDs or DVDs consumes lots of time and disks. Another mode of archiving is onto removable hard drives. But hard drive data is not archival; and if left unused for many years, can be corrupted.

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