One of the most confusing parts of photo editing for me is finding simple definitions for some of the concepts inherent in photo editing software. Things like layers, blend modes and opacity, which are concepts many people ask about. But also the difference between pixel layers, raster layers, adjustment layers, and fill layers.
What are filters and why are they separate from adjustments? And what the heck is rasterizing anyway? Or the difference between “rasters” and “vectors”? And what is “rendering”? And of course, the single most important concept – non-destructive vs. destructive editing.
Despite shooting for many years, I stumble my way through explaining these concepts. So I finally went looking for the real answers. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. But I persevered. Here’s what I found. Continue reading “The Meaning of Life (ok, not quite)”