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All right, finally something I am actually proud of.
What you can download here is literally a book. It's not just a simple tutorial, no. This is a walkthrough, from the moment you take your camera, to the moment you save your file, about the way to manipulate your files a non-destructive way. You might not know what "non-destructive" mean. Well, I cover that too.
This is a reference book. First, I explain to you what a raw file is, what to convert it to, and how to manipulate raw files.
But you may not have a camera that shoots in raw. Well, then, you apply to the second part of my tutorial, where I simply took every single tool in Photoshop, and found ways to use them in a non-destructive way. In fact, I don't only cover tools, no. I cover all adjustments through the edit menu AND all the filters.
Would that be enough? Maybe, but I give you even more. The third part of my tutorial is some tips and tricks, useful for everyone, to enhance your photograph/pictures, always in a non-destructive way. This goes from enhancing the contrasts to adding a non-destructive border, with lot of things between those two.
This is a good tutorial, useful for everyone. Not only that, but I know that after reading the whole tutorial, no matter from how long you use Photoshop, you will have learned at least one thing, if not more. I am so sure about this, that if you come to me and claim that after reading the whole tutorial you didn't learn ANYTHING, I pay you a year subscription to deviantART. This is, my friends, how sure I am you will learn something.
So, why not giving it a shot ? Just download the .pdf file, and read the parts that you care about. It is totally free, you don't even have to give me a +fav or anything, and once you've read this, you do whatever you want with your new knowledge.
There's the holy Bible, for christians. That's the non destructive bible, for artists. It is meant to be exhaustive. It would be blasphemy if I called it the holy non destructive bible. I didn't, therefore this is not blasphemy.
Did you read it? Was it useful to you? Do you have any good critique to give about it?
I might be the only one but I prefer to see pictures, because that's the way I actually learn. I don't really learn by reading, I do, but it's easier with pictures and everything. And so I wished there was more examples with pictures, because I think that way it would be easier to learn the things and really know what it is all about.
and don't worry dear, I have learned many things that I could use and you'll get a +fav anyway
But, yes, I'm in a mood right now when I feel people gave me so much I should give back some things. That's why I began uploading stock pictures in the first place, and why I will continue trying to help anyone who needs on deviantART. And the non-destructive manipulation is something I've been working on for a long time now, conceptualising the whole thing and stuff, and since I had some time -without any internet connexion!- I just did the whole thing in three days straight, learning how to use Illustrator and Acrobat on the way
I hope you found this helpful, by the way