Digital Workflow Fundamentals General

Photoshop Workflow Practice

Clive R. Haynes FRPS



Wherever possible shoot 'RAW'

Turn off in-camera sharpening

Camera White-Balance set to 'Auto'



Initial RAW Adjustment

Open as 'RAW' file with no sharpening in 'RAW'

Make any obvious corrections to exposure, colour or lens aberration in the 'RAW' file reader


In Photoshop

Correct any sloping, skewing or perspective errors

Make adjustments to contrast via 'Levels' or 'Curves' (preferably via an 'Adjustment Layer) - see section on my website about the advantages of Adjustment layers
Link: Adjustment Layers

In addition, any changes to hue / saturation or toning should also be carried out via an Adjustment Layer

Remove any blemishes by Cloning Stamp and / or Healing Brush tool Remove any unwanted material

Use as many 'Layers' as possible to make later 'edits' simpler

Import additional images if / as needed

Carry out any 'artistic' changes, filters & effects, (and add any text) as needed

Crop to size

Sharpen as required using Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpen For choices about sharpening, see my website
Link for 'Sharpening'

Set print size at required dimensions - do not 'resample' unless it's a necessity


When printing, check printer / paper 'profile', set at 1440 dpi, make a test strip / test print, study the result, make any corrections - make finished print.

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General Digital Workflow Considerations
Extra: Digital Workflow Flow chart - Click on the link belowto view
(printable version to 'download' also available)
Flow Chart

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