Professional photo editing services have a workflow that they follow to edit digital images. This is also called as post processing workflow. The order of the post processing workflow as followed by photo editing services is listed below.
Correcting White Balance
Simply correcting the white balance may offer the best improvement in the colors in the image. Incorrect white balance in images will lead to color cast and can decrease the saturation and contrast of the image, rendering the image unappealing to the human eye. While balance correction can help to remove color casts and contrast issues in a digital image.
This is the next step performed by professional photo editing services and helps to correct issues in exposure at the time of capture of the image. Professional photo editors will use tools like the exposure compensation adjustment tool to fix exposure issues of the image. Correcting the exposure will help decrease noise in the image.
If the image under consideration was captured at a high ISO speed, the image will benefit from noise reduction. Expert image editors claim that the technique of noise reduction can be very much effective when it is applied before other image editing steps (except white balance and exposure compensation). The photo editing services can address noises in the image caused by high ISO speed easily.
The most popular lens imperfections are Distortion, Vignette, and Chromatic Aberration and all these imperfections are correctable. Vignetting can be prevalent while using low f-stops and a little bit of vignetting is okay as it will help draw attention to the center of the picture.
The issue of Distortion will be much pronounced while using a telephoto or wide-angle lenses. Distortion can be an acceptable issue in landscape images but not in portraits and architectural images. Chromatic Aberration will be apparent near corners of the image and in those areas of the image where the contrast is high.
Detailing and Sharpening
This is done to set apart any softening in the image caused by the lens and sensor of the camera at the time of capture. Sharpening should be done conservatively, as it can worsen other quality issues in the image like Chromatic Aberration and Noise. However, when applied properly, detailing and sharpening can offer a great difference in the perceived quality of the picture.