Creative Team Member, Fran, demonstrates how to edit images without making changes to the underlying data of the original images in Adobe Photoshop.
Photoshop provides several ways to edit images without making changes to the underlying data of the original image, which is known as nondestructive editing. One way is the Camera Raw environment in Photoshop. I always thought you had to shoot your pictures in RAW format, but this is not the case, you can edit all your JPEG files from your camera in Camera Raw.
All the edits you make in Camera Raw are stored back inside the original image metadata, so when you open the image again in Camera Raw in the future, all your edits can be adjusted or removed completely to return the image to its original state. Even image crops and touch-ups can be reversed. For this tutorial, we will be fixing the exposure levels and color tone in Camera Raw.
Open your image in Camera Raw. Open Photoshop. Choose File > Browse in Bridge, select your JPEG image. Go to File > Open in Camera Raw.
Adjust the settings to warm up the picture and add a bit of clarity and vibrance. See settings below.
Below is a closer look at the settings.
Once you have the photo adjusted to your liking, save your image as a .jpg file, and click done on your Camera Raw window. When you reopen the original photo, it will open with your Camera Raw settings intact. If you want just your photo without the settings, open the photo you saved in jpeg format.
The changes are subtle, but make such a difference to the mood of the photo. You can also do your editing using different filters, but since discovering the Camera Raw Function, I do most of my editing here, which saves time as well as fixes all in a non-destructive way.