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In this section, we discuss 2 unique workflows. Here word 'unique' is used because these workflows benefits from the special design of the Light Developer program that may not work for others.

Global adjusting then apply to other photos

When you have a series of photos with same problems you don't need processing them one by one. You can open the first photo to refine it and then apply to others. The steps which can be applied to other images shall be 'contents independent', which means the parameters shall be same between images. We call those steps the 'automation-steps'. An automation-step can be any filters and functions EXCEPT:

  • Functions related to contents, such as ‘Cropping’, ‘Content aware resizing’, ‘Visual changes’, etc.
  • Filters where a selected area is applied. See ‘Filter Dialog’.
  • Filters where the ‘Apply’ button clicked. See ‘Filter Dialog’.

You can easily tell an automation-step in the history window by a robot icon ahead. After the first image has been processed, click the big robot icon on history window to apply all automation-steps to other photos.

With this feature, the job gets easy when the basic and global adjustments need repeating on a series of photos. You can also save the steps into a 'Scheme' file for later use in 'Instant filer' or '‘Batch processing'.

Locally adjusting by a list of areas

A selected area is a mask over the image. Within the selection, where mask value is 255, functions and filters take effect. Outside it, no change happens. The mask value, varied from 0 to 255, refers from non-selected to whole-selected. A feather function can be used to define the half-selected area, which controls the gradients of the effects.

The selected area makes it possible to adjust a photo locally. But that's not enough. Considering this case: multiple selected areas are needed for different processing parameters, what will happen in traditional software and the Recomposit/Light Developer? For traditional software, the workflow may looks like this:

  • Select areas and store it to list
  • Restore first area
  • Call a function to adjust this area, click OK
  • Restore another area
  • Call a function to adjust this area, click OK
  • Repeat above steps…

While in the Light Developer, the workflow can be optimized to this:

  • Select areas and store it to list
  • Call a function, adjust current area, click Apply
  • Change to another area, different parameters, click Apply
  • You may change functions, but in each function, you can adjust each area without quitting.

The ‘Filter Dialog’ can switch areas by clicking on the mask button.

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