Non-Destructive Editing Techniques
Now I've opened an image here. This is Conka, she's a fantastic model I met in Cambodia. We're gonna do these seven things on this image here. So the first thing is an adjustment layer to change things. So we've got this background layer, let me unlock that. I wanna desaturate this a little bit. So all I have to do is just add an adjustment layer. We're gonna do, let's say black and white, and that's I'll just take the default there and we'll take the opacity down to about 21%. So what that does is just removes a little bit of color. It's non-destructive I can change that, add it. I can increase the opacity. I can change the adjustment layer that I'm using. It doesn't matter. It's totally non-destructive. Now the other thing that we can do if we zoom in here so I'm gonna go at a hundred percent and we can look and see that. Well, Conka has a fantastic skin but she's just got a few blemishes that need to be cleared up. Now what I can do here is I could go to this layer here the original...
layer, and start doing some skin retouching. But if I do, that original image data is lost. So the better thing to do is to take this layer and then I'm gonna drag it down to the plus here. I'm gonna make a copy. Then I can rename this layer. I'm gonna say skin, skin retouch. So I'm labeling all these different layers because, as we said before you might have a bunch of layers. Then I can go in here and then I can get my healing brush. We're gonna talk about this in a little bit later and I can go in and start retouching her skin. And if I make some kind of mistake or do something that I didn't wanna do, I can always go back and get the data from the lower image and then I can compare and see what I did. And so it's a much better thing when you're doing retouching to an image to just create a different layer to do that retouching it's totally nondestructive. The other thing that we can do is we can do nondestructive cropping. So let's say that I want to take this image and I wanna make it a 16 by I wanna take some of this headroom away. If I go to the crop tool and I'm gonna go and change this ratio to a 16 by 9 ratio. And I can crop in a little bit. That looks pretty good. Maybe I'll bring this up a little bit. I'll move her over to about right there. I think that's pretty good. Okay. That's really good. Now we have two options up here. I can delete the cropped pixels or I can deselect that and not delete the crop pixels. I don't wanna delete the crop pixels. I wanna keep them. So if I ever go and crop again in the future, I can bring that data back. Let me show you exactly what I'm talking about. I'm gonna crop off half of Conka. So I'm gonna take and just do that. So it's not a very good crop. I'll do that. Okay. Whoa. I wish I had more of Conka there. Well, good news is I can go into my crop tool and now I can drag this out and because I didn't delete those cropped areas, I can bring that back. I didn't delete that image data. So you wanna make sure you don't delete those cropped pixels, do it non-destructively so you can have all the options in the future.