Digital Workflow – A good practice guide.

  • Step 1, input: adobe bridge and adobe Photoshop to manage workflow. Can use other processes such as lightroom and iPhoto. Best to have shot in RAW. Always aim to get it right in camera (takes longer to fix in post production). Can put files straight on computer or import via software. Better to use card reader rather than load from the camera as battery could run out mid upload.
  • Step 2, organizing/naming.  Decide a good place where all your pre-edited images will be stored consistently. Consider how you will organize your folders. Naming – summarise what where and when. Do an initial edit (to remove mistakes ect). Need a consistent way to organize work.
  • Step 3, key wording and metadata. Key wording becomes more useful as your number of images grows.
  • Step 4, refining decisions – selecting the better images to be carried forward for editing. A star rating system works well. This task is crucial. Bear in mind editing for different uses/outputs.
  • Step 5, correcting with camera raw – raw is unprocessed and uncompressed image. More can be altered with raw data (using Adobe’s camera raw plug-in).
  • Step 6, different file sizes – keep different options for different uses. Good idea to have a folder if publicity images. Resizing in Photoshop and batch editing (actions) – also image processor. Remember ‘Bicubic Smoother’ to size up, and ‘Bicubic Shaper’ to size down.
  • Step 7, back up and storage. It is important to back up both original files and edited images. Archiving can be done both online and offline. An external hard drive can be useful.
  • Step 8, output – for print, web, sending. Using the print bureau, preparing the files:

–       pdf, tiff or jpg.

–       300ppi at the exact output size.

–       RGB not CMYK.

–       Preview monitor to check colour depending on paper. Worth testing different papers before final print.

  • Image size – resolution to 300, resample image then change width to WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE


It may take time to figure out the best workflow for your practice but you must always…..

  • Be flexible.

~ by victoriasimkissphotography on February 9, 2013.

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