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Setting up your file for nondestructive editing in Photoshop

From: Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

Video: Setting up your file for nondestructive editing in Photoshop

As stated in the introduction to this course, non-destructive editing is a very

Setting up your file for nondestructive editing in Photoshop

As stated in the introduction to this course, non-destructive editing is a very practical way to work when it comes to retouching any photo including product shots. Here's a simplified overview of the workflow. First, when we utilize layers, we never work with the original or background layer, in this case I have a layer zero. If I need to run a filter or anything on this, I can either right click and convert it to a Smart Object to utilize Smart Filters. Or, I can simply duplicate the layer by grabbing the background or layer zero and dragging it to the Create New Layer icon.

This will give me a copy of that layer. In this case, I will name it retouch. If I'm working with adjustments, again, I can always work with Adjustment layers. So I can go through and add a levels adjustment to adjust as needed, and blend using the layer mask feature. Or hide, or delete completely. If you're using multiple layers for different areas of re-touching, be sure to re-name your layers accordingly. Don't just work with layer one, two, three, and so on, as it will become confusing as your document becomes more complex.

Always remember that you can convert your image to a smart layer simply by selecting the layers that you want to combine and right-clicking to convert to a smart object. This is a much cleaner workflow than going to the Layers menu and telling it to Merge the Layers. That's considered a destructive workflow. I always want to preserve as much as possible in case I need to go back and make new edits.

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Processing Product Photos with Photoshop

46 video lessons · 3950 viewers

Kevin Stohlmeyer
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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 6m 41s
    1. Getting started
      50s
    2. Starting with the right photograph
      1m 55s
    3. Utilizing colored or white backgrounds in Photoshop
      1m 28s
    4. Setting up your tablet for detail work
      2m 28s
  3. 12m 37s
    1. Using RGB vs. CMYK color spaces
      1m 17s
    2. Using adjustment layers vs. the Adjustment menu
      2m 4s
    3. Adjusting exposure in Photoshop
      3m 47s
    4. Easy color adjustments using the two-pass method
      2m 59s
    5. Removing color casts from backgrounds
      2m 30s
  4. 16m 31s
    1. Retouching overview
      19s
    2. Setting up your file for nondestructive editing in Photoshop
      1m 26s
    3. Using filters to remove dust and scratches
      2m 58s
    4. Cleaning up your image with healing tools
      3m 49s
    5. Utilizing the Clone Stamp tool to its fullest potential
      2m 20s
    6. Understanding the Clone Source panel
      2m 48s
    7. Using the Content-Aware Patch and Spot Healing tools
      2m 51s
  5. 12m 40s
    1. When do you use a mask or a path?
      1m 15s
    2. Creating an accurate path using the Pen tool
      2m 51s
    3. Saving your work path and creating a clipping path
      1m 56s
    4. Making an initial selection with selection tools
      2m 14s
    5. Cleaning up your selection
      3m 3s
    6. Creating a layer mask from a selection
      1m 21s
  6. 10m 58s
    1. How does light affect your product's shadow?
      1m 17s
    2. Using the original source to create a shadow
      1m 51s
    3. Creating your own shadow using brushes
      2m 54s
    4. Adding realism to your shadow with filters
      2m 54s
    5. Using blending modes to add your shadow to the background
      2m 2s
  7. 10m 39s
    1. Enhancing the product
      17s
    2. Adding product labels with vector art
      1m 29s
    3. Transforming the label
      1m 48s
    4. Adding realistic highlights
      2m 47s
    5. Replacing product colors with adjustment layers
      2m 33s
    6. Using layer comps for alternative versions
      1m 45s
  8. 19m 10s
    1. What are ideal files for automation?
      45s
    2. How to create an action in Photoshop
      2m 5s
    3. The batch-automation process
      2m 25s
    4. Automating color correction
      1m 27s
    5. Automating shadow creation
      2m 14s
    6. Automating image sizes for print and the web
      1m 49s
    7. Using conditional actions in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    8. Outputting your file to multiple formats
      1m 31s
    9. Adding metadata using templates in Adobe Bridge
      1m 15s
    10. Batch renaming files using Adobe Bridge
      2m 47s
  9. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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