Organizing an efficient sequence of tasks

Most retouching follows these six general steps:

• Checking the scan quality and making sure that the resolution is appropriate for the way you will use the image.

• Cropping the image to final size and orientation.

• Adjusting the overall contrast or tonal range of the image.

• Removing any color casts.

• Adjusting the color and tone in specific parts of the image to bring out highlights, midtones, shadows, and desaturated colors.

• Sharpening the overall focus of the image.

Usually, you should complete these processes in the order listed above. Otherwise, the results of one process may cause unintended changes to other aspects of the image, making it necessary for you to redo some of your work.

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