There are some things in life that are just universal rules we should all follow. Things like not cheating on your wife, not killing anyone, and not stealing. Easy enough, right? These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. So if life has Ten Commandments that are just some simple things to not do, then retouching should have them as well, right? Here’s what I see as the 10 Commandments of Retouching.
A quick overview of a non destructive retouching process
It is not uncommon for a photo to be retouched more than once. Maybe you spent a night sleeping over it, maybe you learned a new trick and most commonly: maybe the client came back with some feedback.
In this case, you will go back to the files and re-do some of the work you already did. If you did it all on the background layer, you may find yourself in a bad situation. The work that requires a fix is already used in another layer. Say a liquify filter. Since you can not un-liquify an image, you will have to redo everything and then liquify again. But this is true not just for liquify, it’s true for everything: healing brush, dodge and burn, working on skin, or on eyes or on lips. Fixing the skies. This is why we use layers.
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