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As we get started with any kind of retouching, it is a good idea to review or have a good understanding of the basic principles of non-destructive editing. Always remember to work non-destructively whenever possible by utilizing Layer masks, Adjustment layers and saving a copy of the original file, so you don't overwrite it. I utilize a three-folder system when working my projects. There's the original folder, which has my RAW shots from my camera, and from the clients. Then my working file, which has my unflattened Photoshop file in RGB format. This method allows me to work with my layers, unflattened, in an RGB format, allowing me access to all the functions inside of Photoshop for filters and adjustments.
And then finally I have my completed folder where I save out my flattened format in whatever file format the client has requested, CMYK or other color format. This method always ensures that I have a safety-net of back-up files just in case I have to make changes or worse.
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