I have just re-read this post and it is long and convoluted...I apologize. It is more difficult to write it than actually do.
I use iView to organize my images (similar to ACDsee).
I have put all of my original images into a series of folders within a folder called "originals".
This series of folders, within "originals", holds images based on the type of content...the folders have names like "people", "places", "things", "family" etc.
When I want to make adjustments to the original, then use "save as", I am leaving my original untouched...but I now have a second copy of the same image (with changes). The question is how to maintain a sensible workflow, that doesn't result in many different versions of the same image.
I think a good way to deal with this is to create a folder called "altered". Within this folder keep a series of folders with exactly the same names as the ones in the "originals" folder. Then put the copy into the folder with the same name.
Is this a good way to do it? Is there a better way to do it? How are others doing it?
Thanks for sticking through to the end of this posting.
#1. "RE: Workflow (yes, again)" | In response to Reply # 0fundy Registered since 13th Nov 2002Thu 20-Mar-03 08:35 PM
It depends on how much space you want to take up with one file, but one way to do it would be just to create a new layer in Photoshop each time you want a different version, using the 'duplicate layer' function.
Of course you would have to use PSD (or maybe TIFF) file format to do this. And your files would probably get huge 20MB for two layers 30MB for three layers, etc. But you would always know where each version was and how to get there. Also, each time you saved the file you wouldn't lose any quality.
If you want to continue to use JPEGs you might think of something more detailed based on date.
One thing you can do to make sure you never save over the original is to lock it in the camera, using the 'key' button and never unlock it in the computer.
These are just a couple of ideas.
But what you have laid out, seems like it would work pretty well. My only concern is that you are going to have a bunch of MBs fairly quickly and then you might enter confusion once you back up to CD. The date system, laid out above might work better. I don't know.
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#2. "I do the same thing with film scans..." | In response to Reply # 0RRowlett Charter MemberFri 21-Mar-03 12:38 PM
...which require more post-capture processing to get them ready for printing. The original scans, complete with dust specks, fuzzy slide mount edges and the occasional sprocket hole, goes into the "Originals" folder. The cleaned up version, de-spotted, rotated to perfect horizontal (if necessary) and cropped to eliminate the slide mount, is saved in a folder "Cropped." Everything is saved as a TIFF.
For direct digital captures I don't generally do this, as the intial crop doesn't have sprocket holes or slide mount shadows, and de-spotting is not necessary (unless I have negelected to clean my CCD recently). I save the original files in a dated folder with a brief description, e.g. "2002-03-15_Washington_Mall" and that's it. There is no need to change the original format of the files, although TIFFs are more likely to survive a digital dropout in your storage medium than a JPEG or other compressed image format. For photos I especially like and will print have the usual Photoshop magic applied to them, are cropped to the appropriate print size and dpi, and are then saved in a "Prints" folder. Within the prints folder I have categories like "Letter", "A3", "SuperB", "Custom", etc. These are pre-packaged, appropriately sharpened, color-corrected, and ready-to-print files. I never touch the originals, and burn them to CD as quickly as possible.