Chapter 7. It's All About the Workflow: That's Flow, Not Slow
In the previous chapters, I've shown you how to drive Camera Raw and Bridge in detail (some might say exhaustive detail). But knowing what buttons to push to get the desired result just means you know how to do the work. To turn that understanding into a practical workflow, you need to understand and optimize each part of the process. So this chapter will contain plenty of details, but I'll put them in the context of the big picture.
There are four basic stages in a raw workflow. You may revisit some of themgoing back and looking at the initial rejects, or processing the images to different kinds of output filebut everything you do falls into one of four stages.
In this chapter, I'll look at all four stages of the workflow, but the major emphasis is on the preproduction stagethe work you do in Bridgebecause about 80 percent of the actual work happens in this stage, even if it only takes about 20 percent of the time spent. But all four stages are, of course, vital.