• Adjustment Layers

    Non Destructive Editing

Non Destructive editing

Image/Adjustments method  //    Making changes this way is permanent. it’s good practice to duplicate your layer first. If you need to revert to the original, you can.

Adjustment layers allow you to apply grading edits to your layers without permanently altering the pixels. you can stack up different adjustment layers. You can change the settings for each Adjustment layer as you please.

Solid Colour

Colour Fill  //    Fill an area with solid colour

Blending mode  //    Change the blending mode to suit your application.

Brightness contrast

Brightness  //    Lighter or darker.

Contrast  //    Increase or decrease the contrast.

Auto  //    Photoshop will have a crack!


Adjust the tonal range  //     to

Darken the darks  //    Move the dark arrow to the right

Brighten the lights  //    Move the light arrow to the left


Exposure //     Acts like a camera exposure

Offset  //    Will brighten or darken the whole image evenly

Gamma  //    Affects the gamma curve, how the image is brightened through the tonal range. It acts like a brightness and contrast in one.

Hue Saturation

Hue //     Changes the colour

Saturation  //    The strength of the saturation

Lightness  //    brightens or darkens your layer

Colourise  //    Lets you add colour to monochrome layers, such as Z Depth or a volume light pass

Colour Balance

Gives precise control over colours in the Highlights, Mid-Tones and Shadows.

Add warmth  //    Increase the yellow and red in the highlights, increase the blue hues in the shadow areas.

Black and White

Can be used for Bleaching grading effects  //    Add the Black and White adjustment layer, choose a screen or overlay blending mode.

Can be used to remove colours from layers to create an even image for a bump map   //    For example, to create a bump map from a road diffuse, you will need to eliminate the road lines. Adjust the colours in the adjustment layer to diminish the effect of any colours on your image.

Can be used to match image contrast while matte painting  //    Keep a black White Adj layer at the top of your layer stack. When you bring in a new image, turn on the adjustment layer, this will make it much easier to match the contrast and levels of the new layer to the tonal range of your image.