ARTIST IN­SIGHT

Keep all your op­tions open as edit your shots, with the abil­ity to change, delete and add to ef­fects with­out ever re­duc­ing im­age qual­ity

Digital Camera World - - CONTENTS - JAMES AB­BOTT Pho­tog­ra­pher and jour­nal­ist SOFT­WARE Pho­to­shop CC GET IT FROM www.adobe.com Get Start fi les from www.bit.ly/dc197­files

Keep all your op­tions open as edit your shots, with the abil­ity to change, delete and add to ef­fects with­out ever re­duc­ing im­age qual­ity.

NON-DE­STRUC­TIVE edit­ing is of­ten the best way to edit your im­ages. This work­flow op­tion ba­si­cally in­volves us­ing Ad­just­ment Lay­ers to add ef­fects to im­ages, while ad­di­tional lay­ers can be used for cloning and other tasks – the un­der­ly­ing pix­els re­main un­touched. So what’s the point of non-de­struc­tive edit­ing? The thing about this ap­proach is that it’s not so much about sav­ing the orig­i­nal im­age file if your work­flow takes care to main­tain a backed-up orig­i­nal; it’s all about hav­ing the abil­ity to make changes to ad­just­ments at any time dur­ing or af­ter the edit­ing process. Just imag­ine putting in a few hours of re­touch­ing to find that you could have ap­plied con­trast to the im­age more ef­fec­tively, or that you de­cide that black-and-white wasn’t the best idea af­ter all. When you work on the Back­ground layer, you can’t al­ways go back, but with non-de­struc­tive edit­ing, you al­ways can.

James is a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher. He’s an ad­vanced Pho­to­shop user and has cre­ated hun­dreds of tu­to­ri­als to help other pho­tog­ra­phers im­prove their skills. jame­saphoto.co.uk

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