PRO­CESS­ING OR­DER

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1 Crop

This is an im­por­tant aes­thetic choice that in­flu­ences all the other de­ci­sions about an im­age, so I do this first.

2 Re­duce Nois e

If nec­es­sary, this should be done early. In Pho­to­shop things get more com­pli­cated if you wait un­til af­ter re­touch­ing. To re­tain flex­i­bil­ity, ei­ther run noise-re­duc­tion fil­ters on a copy of the back­ground layer or turn the back­ground layer into a Smart Ob­ject.

3 Re­touch

Whether re­mov­ing dust spots or a dis­tract­ing tele­phone pole, I like to com­plete this odi­ous chore early. In Pho­to­shop it also makes sense to ma­nip­u­late pixel lay­ers be­fore adding ad­just­ment lay­ers.

4 Con­vert to Blac k and White (op­tional )

It’s bet­ter to con­vert to black and white be­fore ad­just­ing tonal­ity.

5 Make Over­all Tonal Ad­just­ments

This means set­ting the over­all bright­ness and con­trast. Ig­nore small ar­eas at this stage; make the im­age look good as a whole, know­ing that small re­gions can be mod­i­fied later. Since tonal­ity af­fects colour, leave de­ci­sions about sat­u­ra­tion un­til later.

6 Make Over­all Colour Corrections

(colour images only) This in­cludes over­all colour bal­ance and sat­u­ra­tion. Again, you’re con­cerned with the over­all im­age at this point, not spe­cific ar­eas.

7 Make Lo­cal Ad­just­ments

Dodg­ing, burn­ing, and other lo­cal corrections should come af­ter you’ve set the over­all ap­pear­ance.

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