When, How and With What: a brief guide to edit your photos accordingly.

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In the world of multimedia design, there are many different ways that we can edit our pictures, images, videos, audio and so on. Today, we are going to discuss the outer aspect of these editing techniques, which amounts to two categories: destructive and non-destructive editing.

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Destructive Editing

Many may believe that this kind of editing automatically means that you have destroyed your image and there is no way of fixing it. Instead, it is (more or less) quite the opposite. Destructive editing is called as such because it is a process in which the changes cannot be undone. This is what gives it that name, the fact that once an alteration is made, it will not be able to go back to its original form.

Some of the software that are usually used for this type of editing consist of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Elements, Serif Photo Plus, Photostudio, etc.

Non-Destructive Editing

When choosing a non-destructing method of editing, your picture will remain always within the same range of quality. This happens because the pixels that are found within your digital photograph are not altered in spite of your editing, which enables you to dabble on your image as much as you desire without worrying about permanent results.

For Non-Destructive editing, designers will normally work with software such as Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Raw Camera, Bibble, Capture One, etc.

Now, in addition to the two categories we have when referring to editing processes, there are two results that come along with these: raster graphics and vector graphics.

Raster Graphics

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These graphics are developed out of a destructive form of editing. Raster Graphics are made out of pixels, which therefore means that they are digital images that are captured externally and brought into a screen. As a result, you will have a wide range of alteration. This is because Raster Graphics constitute of pixels, which will give you the freedom to assemble every single pixel to your liking. As a result, you can achieve a high resolution image. Nonetheless, these images are also susceptible to change because just as they are flexible with their transformation, they also do not respond well to expansion. If you try to zoom into a raster graphic you will notice the drastic change on quality, which will make it easy to differentiate it from a vector graphic.

Vector Graphic

Vector Graphics are most commonly seen as logos and illustrations. These type of graphics are very fun to make, and have essentially infinite possibilities to play around with. Unlike Raster Graphics, these images are built in the screen; they are sequences of paths that are composed of lines, squares, triangles, curvy shapes, and so on. These paths have a start and an end point, which is where the final image will emerge from. Since these graphics are absolutely digital, it allows designers to manipulate it fully and extensively all the while seeing no quality loss.

When designing a digital image whether it is coming from the computer or from an outside source, you have to take into consideration what type of editing process you want that photo to go through. Once you are informed and have made your decision, the editorial possibilities will become endless and your editing skills will better as you partake in these forms of editing.

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