Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


To Flatten or Not to Flatten (2 images)

One of the things I’m a proponent of is not to flatten my photoshop files.  Those of you who watched my latest video might remember me talking about that.  I literally cringe when I watch youtube tutorials and they say “ok, now flatten the image”.  That’s like saying…okay, I’m going to throw all that work away now and never go back.

I might be working on an image and then stop for whatever reason…maybe a phone call comes or I go out to dinner and then I come back to it and say “what was I thinking?” and need to revise it.  If the changes I want to make go back farther than my history panel allows, then I won’t be able to make the changes unless my file is created with layers.  Also, if I’ve saved the file and come back, there won’t be any history. Photoshop only remembers history for a file that is opened.

Here’s a redo of a hummingbird photo I took last year.  I made a painterly version out of it and it was so easy because my original hummingbird photo (shown at the end) was saved with all its layers in tact.

Rufous Painting

Rufous Painting

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Rufous Hummingbird