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I was just reading ‘Digital Photo’ Magazine (August 2006) and they suggest a 10 point workflow for Digital imaging which might be a helpful guide for those starting out in doing some post production work on their images using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Here it is:
Digital Image Editing Workflow
1. Transfer Your Photos (get images from your camera/card into your computer)
2. Edit Your Pictures (delete the bad ones, rename images etc)
3. Convert RAW Files (if you’ve shot in RAW convert them to a regular format after doing some basic editing of white balance, exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation etc)
4. Crop Your Images (get rid of parts of the images that are distracting)
5. Clean up and Enhance (clone out problems, manipulate the image in any way that changes elements of your shot)
6. Check Contrast (using Levels palette to get full range of tones)
7. Check Colour Balance (if needed use Levels, Colour Balance or Variations to tweak your colour balance).
8. Save the Layers
9. Flatten and Sharpen Up (flatten layers into one and do final sharpening)
10. Save the Final Image (different options here depending upon what you’ll use it for)
Obviously they give a lot more information on each point along the way but I’d be interested in hearing about the workflow that readers of DPS use in editing images using Photoshop? I’m no expert on the processing of images and would love to hear how others do it.
What’s your Digital Image Editing Workflow?
Feel free to share yours in comments below.