So let's talk about reviewing the effects of those adjustment layers first off, I don't think that black and white in this case kind of a sign a type effect is working for this image it's not the right image for this effect black and white possibly if I just turned off the ten slider maybe, but still the reason I was there besides to show off and stand on a thousand foot ledge was because of the great color and the dramatic landscapes so I really want tohave that black and white effect, so I want to get rid of it don't want to get rid of it or don't want to disable it do I think there's any chance at all that I will come back to this black and white interpretation of the photo let's assume yes let's assume it's possible then I don't want to actually get rid of this black and white adjustment I just want to disable it well, I can do that just by clicking this little eye icon to the left of the thumbnail for the adjustment layer on the layers panel so go ahead and click on that and it di...
sables that adjustment layer it's essentially hiding the effect of the adjustment that was easy thank goodness and that photo filter that's making the image look a little bit dingy so let's just turn that off okay that's looking much better well, in addition to disabling the adjustment because you decided that it's just not as good as you were hoping you can also evaluate the effect by going before and after so I don't have to turn it off and leave it often that is turn it off temporarily and turn it back on again. So this is the curves adjustment I'll turn it off, I turn it back on again just clicking that iike auntie, I will disappear once you've disabled the adjustment, it will reappear when you've re enabled it it's worth noting that there's a similar ei icon down at the bottom of the properties panel that enables or disables the various adjustments in this case, I have the black and white adjustment active, but we've got that ability to turn it off and on so before after before, after which one's better hopefully the after, but in this case, I feel like now that I'm seeing the before and after for this curves adjust meant that curves of justin was too strong no problem all re enable the curves adjustment and then I will click on the thumbnail for my curves adjustment going in large my properties panel here so I can see and I'm just going to tone things down I'm gonna make that s curb that I applied not so dramatic about that turn it off, turn it on now I'm happy with it, and the more I think about it, the more I decide that I don't want my black and white adjustment at all. I don't want my photo filter all, I'm just never going to turn those on again, so let's throw him away, I can select the adjustment layer and click the trash can, but what I typically do just so I don't have to click to confirm in a dialogue is just dragging drops all dragged the thumbnail for my adjustment layer down to the trash can and once again for that photo filter and now let's, take a look at the coup de gras of before and after I have all of these adjustments, all of these adjustments levels, color balance, vibrance, hugh saturation and curves and I have my original background image later, we're going to tinker with that in just a moment, but how do I see the image before all of these adjustments without having to turn this one off on this one off on this one off on this one off on this one? It's that right? No, I would rather just have all of them all at once, so I'm gonna hold the altay on windows option cheon macintosh and click on the eyeball for the background image way that will cause only the background image where to be visible and then, once again holding the cult or option key all key on windows option cheon macintosh I will click that I again, and that brings back all of my adjustments. So before after before after hopefully after it's better if it's not, then I can go through ok let's, figure out which adjustment is the problem. I turn off levels before and after before and after that seems good. The color definitely an improvement was a bit too red originally vibrance I always love vibrance hughes saturation was basically just toning down the magenta back there and then curves. Maybe curves is still a little bit too strong and so I might go back to my curve adjustment and fine tune just a little bit. But the point, this maximum flexibility I can always return to this layered image will talk about saving the layered image a little bit later, but I have maximum flexibility in terms of being able to come back to any of these adjustments. Throw him away if I don't like them turn them off. If I just want to lose them temporarily make any refinements I'd like and all of it is non destructive and completely flexible.
Non-destructive editing helps you maintain maximum flexibility when editing your photos in Photoshop. Learn how it’s done in How to Create a Non-destructive Workflow with Tim Grey.
Tim will show you how to leverage your RAW captures to ensure the best starting point in your workflow. He’ll show how to use adjustment layers for non-destructive edits and how to use Smart Objects and Smart Filters for safe, effective edits.
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2, Adobe Lightroom 5