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This is Photoshop CS v. 8.  I am working with a graphics file, and there are no print options availble (print, print preview, print one copy are all grayed out on file menu), and there are only two file save options available to me: .tiff and .raw.  I have never encountered this.  Its something with this file, as options are all available with other files.  I have a version with layers and a flat , compressed version of the same file (both .tiff), with the same results.  Thank you!
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- Try saving both files in Photoshop CS once again in tiff format (.tif) with a new file name, then open the new file and see if the problem disappears.

Good Luck!
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What colorspace is the file in (mode)? Image size and resolution?

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Colorspace is RGB, though I tried switching it to CMYK with same result.  Could it be related to file size?  I created the graphic from a crop, initially at 24" by 72" 600 dpi.  I was able to edit and save, though with only those two options (tiff and raw).  If, however, I make the same size crop with 300 dpi, or crop to size 12 x 36 at 600 dpi, everything seems fine.  Is there some file size or other parameter I have crossed with the original crop, i.e. 24 x 72 at 600 dpi?
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LOL! Why in the world would you want a file that large? I would imagine that has a LOT to do with it!

What are you using the file for?
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I'm printing a banner in that size.
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- BongSoo is of course spot on - as of now Photoshop can address only 2 GB of RAM and even with 2 Gigs installed, some of that is required to run the OS.

- But for printing a banner 24" x 72" a digital artwork 4" x 12" (1/6w x 1/6h) at 600 is more than enough. Since most large format printers use only 600 or 1200 dpi you only have to make sure you file can be proportionately enlarged.

- We do this regularly in my company so you will get the desired results.

Good Luck!
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I have a fairly new Designjet 130 and have been printing mostly 24" x 36" stuff.  But have been doing it "real size" - the photoshop image file has been sized 24 x 36 at 600dpi.  Are you indiacting that the print quality would be the same if I worked on a file that in which the image size was smaller, say even 6 x 9 at 600 dpi?  I'm not sure I understand that, but it sure would make life a great deal easier!
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Think of it this way. A banner is meant to be hung up and viewed from far away (usually). Most people are not going to get right up close and look at it. If you HAVE to create the art in photoshop (ie, its bitmap, not vector), you really shouldn't need that high of a resolution to print it. My brother-in-law had some flag/banners printed for my niece's swim team, and he gave them a 72 dpi 4x6" image of a seahorse that was printed on @2x4 flags that were hung around their pool. From 20 feet away you couldn't tell they weren't vector art (it wasn't a photograph, more like a comic book seahorse). But, you get the point. Depending upon what you are printing (image) and your audience and how far away they are, you should easily be able to get away with 300 dpi or less. 600 dpi should be reserved for solid line art that just can't be converted to vector (for whatever reasons).
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Thats 2x4 foot flags, fyi.
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