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Non-Destructive Workflow in Photoshop


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Part of the PETE, Creative Ideas Worth Spreading series. This presentation by Ryan Page explains the value of non-destructive editing when working in Adobe Photoshop.

Part of the PETE, Creative Ideas Worth Spreading series. This presentation by Ryan Page explains the value of non-destructive editing when working in Adobe Photoshop.

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  • 1. Creative ideasworth spreadingPETE
  • 2. 2©2013 PETER MAYERNon-Destructive workflow in photoshop1.16.13Ryan PagePETE
  • 3. 3©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 4. 4©2013 PETER MAYERThe creativeprocess is nota linear one
  • 5. implementiterateilluminateincubateprepareto understandwhat people wanthow culture is evolvingto integrateby seeing patternsby building consensusboundaries + issuescharacters + storiesmaps + modelsoutlines+prototypesthumbnails+sketchesminiatures+wireframescriteria+goalsdefinitions+hypothesesinsights+conceptsthrough conversationswith context + constituentsdrawing on sharedlanguage + experiencewithattentionactingwithrespect+mindfulnesscontributingpassion+energywithopennesslistening+learningfromotherpeople+culturesthroughconversationswithtools+materialsdrawingonmusclememoryand“beingintheflow”tosearchworkingquickly+iteratingtakingadvantageofaccidentstoenvisionimaginingthefutureandmakingittangibleexplainingwhatitmightmeanObservationbeginsasaconversationwithothers.Participantswhoarenotpartoftheconstituents’communitymustlearnthecultureandlanguage.Firstyou’reontheoutsidelookingin;slowlyyouimmerseyourself;thenyoucanstepbackandreflect.Wherearewe?Whoishere?Whataretheydoing?(Whatarewedoing?)What’simportanthere?Why?Ethnographers(anddesigners)havedevelopedseveralframeworkstoaidthisconversation.Robinson’sAEIOUframework:activity,environment,interaction,object,userKumar’sPOEMSframework:people,objects,environments,messages,servicesRothstein’sAx4framework:actors,activities,artifacts,atmosphereMakingalsobeginsasaconversationwithoneself.Asitcontinuesitincreasinglyinvolvesothers.Generativeresearchintersectsreflecting+making.Themaintaskofgenerativeresearchistocomeupwithideas.Thegoalistobuildasharedunderstandingofthedesiredsituation.Exploratoryresearchintersectsobserving+reflecting.Themaintaskofexploratoryresearchisto“maptheterrain.”Thegoalistobuildasharedunderstandingofthecurrentsituation.Atfirst,thecurrentsituationmaybenew;asworkproceedsandtheprocessiterates,exploratoryresearchmayalsoinvolveobservinghowconstituentsreacttonewlycreatedartifactsor“designprobes.”or deepen their understanding and improve their solutions.For such problems, starting and stopping are arbitrary andexternal to the process. It ends only when we “run out of time,money, or patience” (energy, will, or gumption).exploratoryresearchgenerativeresearchOnce an idea has been hatched and refined,it must still make its way into the world.Communicating the idea to othersand building consensus for adoptionare part of the innovation processbut may lie outside the core creative process.Passing on responsibility to others—leaving a legacy—is the final step in the larger process.Some steps essential to the creativeprocess lie outside its core.Accepting responsibility for the taskand preparing tend to be one-time,upfront tasks.In the middle, the process as sequencemay take a detour and iterate in a loop.Many creative people have saidthat their best ideas came (illumination)after putting aside a problem andletting it
  • 6. 6©2013 PETER MAYERAs artists and designers,we often start inone directiononly to decide thatthe proper solutionlies in the otherAdrian taylor
  • 7. 7©2013 PETER MAYERUnfortunately,Photoshop can bepretty unforgivingwhen it comes to makingchanges late inthe gameAdrian taylor
  • 8. 9©2013 PETER MAYERWHat isnon-destructiveediting?
  • 9. 10©2013 PETER MAYERmake changesto an image withoutoverwritingoriginal image data
  • 10. 11©2013 PETER MAYERimage qualitydoesn’t degradewhen you make edits
  • 11. 12©2013 PETER MAYERwhy does this matter?easier to manageflexable and accuratestreamlines workfloweasier transfer of assets
  • 12. 13©2013 PETER MAYERask yourself:How editable is this production techniquefor future revisions, alterations, etc.?Did this technique make any permanentalterations or do damage to the originalimage file?
  • 13. 14©2013 PETER MAYERnon-destructivetechniques
  • 14. 15©2013 PETER MAYERajustment layersAdjustment layers apply color andtonal adjustments to an image withoutpermanently changing pixel values
  • 15. 16©2013 PETER MAYER>
  • 16. 17©2013 PETER MAYERMasksLayer and vector masks are non-destructivebecause you can re‑edit the masks withoutlosing the pixels they hideFilter masks let you mask out the effects ofSmart Filters on Smart Object layers
  • 17. black Part of mask =0% visiblegray Part of mask =50% visiblewhite Part of mask =100% visible
  • 18. 19©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 19. 20©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 20. 21©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 21. 22©2013 PETER MAYERTransforming withSmart ObjectsSmart Objects enable non-destructivescaling, rotating, and warping
  • 22. 23©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 23. 24©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 24. 25©2013 PETER MAYERFiltering withSmart FiltersFilters applied to Smart Objectsbecome Smart Filters and allowfor non-destructive filter effects
  • 25. 26©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 26. 27©2013 PETER MAYERRetouching on aseparate layerClone Stamp, Healing Brush, and SpotHealing Brush tools let you retouchnon-destructively on a separate layer
  • 27. 28©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 28. 29©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 29. 30©2013 PETER MAYERnon-destructivecroppingAfter you create a cropping rectangle withthe Crop tool, select Hide from the optionsbar to preserve the cropped area in a layer
  • 30. 31©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 31. 32©2013 PETER MAYER
  • 32. 33©2013 PETER MAYEREditing in Camera RawAdjustments to batches of raw, JPEG, orTIFF images preserve the original imagedata. Camera Raw stores adjustmentsettings on a per-image basis separatelyfrom the original image files
  • 33. 34©2013 PETER MAYERCamera Raw filesas Smart ObjectsOpening Camera Raw files in Photoshop as SmartObjects enables you to reconfigure Camera Rawsettings at any time, even after you edit the file
  • 34. 35©2013 PETER MAYERPETEThank you