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