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Chapter 9. The Digital Darkroom: Photogr... > Why Not Use Adjustment Layers?

Why Not Use Adjustment Layers?

With all these advantages, why not use adjustment layers for all your edits? We think the only good reasons not to use this powerful feature for making tonal or color adjustments are when you're in a severely RAM-impaired environment, or when you're working on a high-bit image and the file size simply gets out of hand.

Adjustment Layers and RAM. The only downside to using adjustment layers is that they use more RAM and hard drive scratch space than simply burning edits into a flat file. Adjustment layers themselves add very little to the RAM requirements because they contain almost no data, but painting on the Layer mask adds pixels that take up space.


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