Chapter 22. Putting the Creative Workflow into Action


  • Getting an overview of the project

  • Developing a plan for the four main phases of the Creative Workflow

  • Adjusting image fundamentals such as tonality and color in Phase 1

  • Using retouching to remove and reduce distractions to fine-tune the image in Phase 2

  • Getting creative and controlling the viewer's experience in Phase 3

  • Preparing files for output and archiving all derivative files in Phase 4

The last several chapters were devoted to exploring the Photoshop tools and techniques used in the Creative Workflow. As you saw, there are many similarities and analogies to the tools and techniques used in Lightroom for the Production Workflow. The main difference between the Production and Creative workflows is that the production workflow is designed to get you to the Creative Workflow. Whereas the Creative Workflow allows you to take an image in any direction you desire. It's much more open-ended because the opportunities and choices are countless when working in Photoshop. The main job of the Ccreative Workflow is to manage these choices so that they're made at the appropriate time.

This chapter puts all of the pieces of the Creative Workflow in place by working on a practice image. As you do, you see how the Production and Creative Workflows link together to form the entire post-production workflow. You also see how easy it is to quickly transform an average photo into a special image that becomes a personal expression of ...

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