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Edit Your Photos Using a Logical Workflow

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Try to employ some kind of logical workflow when you tackle the correction and repair of your images. By performing steps in a particular order, you will be less likely to exacerbate the flaws and more able to accentuate what’s good. For example, try the following workflow when editing photos:

  1. Crop, straighten, and resize your images, if necessary.

  2. After you have the images in their proper physical state, correct the lighting and establish good tonal range for your shadows, highlights, and midtones in order to display the greatest detail possible.

    Often, just correcting the lighting solves minor color problems. If not, move on to adjusting the color balance.

  3. Eliminate any colorcasts and adjust the saturation, if necessary.

  4. Grab the retouching tools, such as the healing tools and filters, to retouch any flaws.

  5. Sharpen your image if you feel that it could use a boost in clarity and sharpness.

  6. Apply any enhancements or special effects, if so desired.

By following these steps and allocating a few minutes of your time, you can get all your images in shape to print, post, and share with family and friends.