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Affinity Photo – To Edit Layers

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

In today’s video I’m gonna talk about something that is commonly overlooked but I think it’s really important and it’s really it’s taking your time when you’re editing photos and creating what I call to edit layers there’s not really a technical term for this but basically editing in in blocks so that you’re not forgetting things if you’re going to shoot and then print and publish a piece of a piece of work that you’ve shot and it’s gonna be printed out because sometimes you miss things that you just don’t see in one session when you’re editing a photo

And it’s important to you know just take breaks and come back with a fresh eye and then look at things and analyze the photo so we’ve got a folder here loaded up an affinity photo this is a photo I should I shot a while back this is probably 78 months ago with part of my creative team this is our model and yeah I shot this with a makeup artist site I used to work with and she’s incredible and then since this is our model Catherine I will put that that

information for Instagram stuff like that if you want for a whole follow along and I’ll put that in the description but today’s video we’re gonna be talking about what I like I said before is what I call is like kind of like a to edit layer so you’ll see here in an affinity photo that have all these red marks which I just kind of did with a paintbrush on an empty layer so I just a red paintbrush so these are these right here when I do this this is after maybe like the first round of editing and sometimes I could be editing a photo for 3045 minutes and you’re naturally going to get a

fatigue and this is something I don’t really hear a lot of people that retouch and publish work they talk about but it’s actually really important as far as a workflow thing to basically once you’re getting towards where you think the the edits finally finish actually going through taking a break for an hour coming back to the photo a following day and then doing this layer so you can really zoom in and you can see the finer my new details that you may have missed because I can’t tell you how many times I attend to work or I’ve submitted work and things of that

nature and then I look back at and I go into you know one by one or i zoom in and I magnify and I’m looking at things that I literally could have fixed when I first added the photo but I completely missed because I did it in one sitting so this is kind of what I encourage you guys to do you’ll you’ll see here is like all that all the specific elements that I that I marked in red is our areas that I would otherwise overlook like this kind of weird word thing that’s going on with the color I thought it wasn’t bad masking on my job and in some of the areas that I need to retouch

on the skin and things of that nature little areas on the garment that are just a little bit distracting the background that needs to be fixed and elements of the garment that also were minister just not really retouched properly when I was first going through just things of that nature so how did I get to this point I’d literally just just open up a pixel layer and I grab the paintbrush and I just put it on red it doesn’t matter what color it is but put it on some color that’s easy to view on your your edit and then I just went through and I just marked all the areas that I missed

that are distracting to me right obviously what I consider distracting maybe different from what you guys consider distracting but nonetheless and then you can just you can mark it whichever way that you need to and then you can go in and you can then retouch on top of that again this is like I said this is a very simple this is a very simple thing to do this is a very simple tutorial I’m not really teaching guys anything revolutionary right now but it’s something that if you don’t do this and you print worked and you’re just doing it one session you may overlook

something and that’s why I’m trying to put this on your radar as something to consider doing it and implementing in your workflow because yeah if you’re publishing work and you’re printing it and you know you’re getting it framed and you’re standing there in front of it inevitably you’re going to start seeing details that you otherwise wouldn’t have seen when you’re editing on a computer of this resolution but if you print it and it’s this big you’re gonna see that sub words if it’s bigger than that you were believing you’re gonna see that stuff so save yourself a

little bit of agony actually taking your time you know taking your time coming back to the image over and over again and in doing this you know maybe breaking up your retouching into three separate sessions you do like an hour you do all your skin and blemish removal things and then the following day you’ll do all the color and fixing and then the final day you’ll just do your final edits and things that you overlooked and then this could be part of that so really simple video not obviously I’m not I’m not sharing anything revolutionary with you guys but something

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.