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4.1 Course Conclusion

Congratulations! You have made it to the conclusion of the course. In this final lesson we will give a high-level overview of the main concepts and workflow that we covered in this course.

4.1 Course Conclusion

Congratulations, you've made it to the conclusion of this course. In this final lesson, we'll give a high level overview of the main concepts and workflow that we've covered. The high level idea is to make quick corrective adjustments to your photos so that they can be assessed in their neutral, not to anything state. At this point, you're not trying to give them a particular style. When working with multiple images, you would move the group through this processing stage together so that they can be evaluated equally. Only after we've neutralized our images do we add our own personal touch and style our group of photos, and we're able to do so in such a way they are retouched to the same level. Keep in mind that creativity takes work, and that it's a life long process that you develop over time. Efficient image editing is the main idea behind producing high quality, consistent images, and creative post-production is an ability that's learned progressively over time. Let's review the process we took our image through. First, we opened our file in DxO Optics Pro for the raw processing stage with the goal to make corrective adjustments and neutralize our photo. We went ahead and checked our photo for lens and perspective corrections, and then we adjusted the baseline exposure and contrast. Next, we made some baseline color corrections. Then we applied some slight sharpening to our photo and also looked at the noise reduction tools. At that point, we had essentially neutralized our image. We exported our raw image as a TIFF and then opened it in Pixelmator. From there, we took a moment and evaluated our class photo, and then we gave it a slightly dramatic effect by emphasising certain hues within the image. Finally, we exported our file as a TIFF. Here's a simple before and after comparison of our photo. I hope you enjoyed this course and can begin to see the benefit of using DxO Optics Pro for processing your raw images, and also how useful Pixelmator can be for the raster editing phase of your workflow. My name is Schmeri Young from Tut's Plus. Thank you for taking this course.

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