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Chapter 17. Workflow > Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

It might have taken a bit of time to work through this chapter, but once you've adopted your own personal workflow strategy, it really doesn't take any extra time to incorporate it into your Photoshop projects. In fact, it will ultimately save you time because good workflow is really the best prevention against problem images. What I've given you here is my personal workflow, which I like to think of as a 15-step program to healthier Photoshop files. It is based on the work that I do. You're welcome to deviate from it, but make sure you're doing so for the right reasons. Here is a snapshot of the steps:

Ben's 15-Step Program to Healthier Photoshop Files

Step 1—Image Capture

Step 2—Initial Rough Crop & Straighten

Step 3—Spotting

Step 4—Color Correction

Step 5—Global Tonal Adjustments

Step 6—Global Color Adjustment

Step 7—Reduce or Remove Noise/Grain

Step 8—Local Tonal Adjustments

Step 9—Fine-Tune Localized Color

Step 10—Interpret Colors

Step 11—Double & Triple Check Masks

Step 12—Retouching

Step 13—Creative Effects

Step 14—Save Master File

Step 15—Create Output-Specific Files


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