Photoshop: Destructive and Non-Destructive

Photoshop among the most advance digital graphics and photo editor is known for its extensive tools and options. Among the large pool of abilities comes the destructive and non-destructive operations.



Non-destructive operations refers to the option to avoid overwriting the original image data. This means that the original quality and properties of the image is left intact. This is useful when the original image may be needed later. There are several ways for this to be done. Masking allows multiple editing without losing the hidden content. When cropping assure the Hide option is on. This allows backtracking when cropping to go back to original state, therefore not losing valuable content. Opening camera images as smart objects, this always reconfiguration of the image therefore returning to original basis. Using many editing tools like clone  or stamp tool on a separate layer (Selecting sample all layers) allows non destructive editing. Using some commands such as highlights and shadows on a Smart Objects with a Smart Filters also give this nondestructive ability. Transforming with smart objects allow positioning altering also. Another great alternative that also allows many option is using adjustment layers. All these options give a variety of ways to edit images without messing with the original image.



Destructive operations means tat when editing the original data is changed. This refers to image quality. In the Image tab under adjustments editing elements in such an area, t edit these changes in the Edit tab is where theses options can be further edited. After changes are made, only in the edited tab can these changes be altered, since the original image can not be restored. Especially when working on a background layer this means the original image will not be able to be restored.


As one becomes more experienced it is natural to lean-to non-destructive editing, because it allows space to return to the original image. Mistakes are unavoidable and will happen, but it is best to be able to go back. Altering the image data makes for a frustrating starting over.With so many possibilities to avoid destructive editing with more work non-destructive editing will become second nature.


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