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Lesson 3. Basic Photo Corrections > Organizing an efficient sequence of tasks

Organizing an efficient sequence of tasks

Most retouching follows these eight general steps:

  • Duplicating the original image or scan. (Always work in a copy of the image file, so that you can recover the original later if necessary.)

  • Checking the scan quality and making sure that the resolution is appropriate for the way you will use the image.

  • Cropping the image to final size and orientation.

  • Repairing flaws in scans of damaged photographs (such as rips, dust, or stains)

  • Adjusting the overall contrast or tonal range of the image.

  • Removing any color casts.

  • Adjusting the color and tone in specific parts of the image to bring out highlights, midtones, shadows, and desaturated colors.

  • Sharpening the overall focus of the image.


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