•  Destructive editing:

When an image is edited by removing selected area from the picture permanently. This can be done by using one layer and by using the tool eraser, brush and selection tool are effective if the image is damaged. The only way to fix it is by undoing till the picture is back together.

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Original
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Destructive edit

 

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Original
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Destructive

 

  •  Non-Destructive editing::

Non-destructive editing is when an image is edited but the picture doesn’t get removed. By adding a mask the picture doesn’t get damaged it makes specific selected areas of the picture invisible or visible by using two colours: black and white. It identifies as white to be the area which doesn’t get removed and black as the area to be removed. What is clever with masking it doesn’t damage the original pictures due to its name “non-destructive editing”. Masking uses layers to make areas visible and invisible..

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Non-destructive edit

 

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Non-destructive edit

A mask can be used to recolour pictures by choosing different colours and using the fill and brush tools. For the main example we masked a car to change the car’s colour. It was original silver. By using the masking skills, I selected all of the silver parts of the car and clicked on the rectangle with a circle icon to make the selected area a mask. From that, I made the car go red by using the fill tool on the masking layer. Be sure that you are not in mask modes so you can use colours, not just black and white.

Masking is a powerful tool which is more effective than destructive editing from it’s easy to use its changeability like changing the colour of the car is easier in Non-destructive because you can just replace the colours and the mask reads that you have changed it. Destructive can be annoying if you don’t like the cut you have done.

Here are some examples of non-destructive masking editing:

 

 

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Original

 

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Non-destructive edit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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