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9 Alternatives to Photoshop Layers

Photoshop layers are powerful and flexible tools, but there are nevertheless situations in which other technologies offer equivalent or better functionality. This chapter addresses some of these alternatives.

If you shoot in Raw format, you will have to deal with the question of which processing steps to perform using a Raw converter and which you are better off executing in Photoshop. Raw converter technology is developing fast, and most programs nowadays include editing functionality previously only available in Photoshop, such as lens corrections, vignette removal, or selective local corrections to colors, ...

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