Why should we take manual photo editing instead of automation?

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In the recent era, the world has seen the uprising of the technological revolution. It has created many new doors of skill, professions, knowledge. But the coin has another side too. What is that? In a world marked by growing automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence, two camps have emerged: Those who fear robots will steal our jobs, and others who say, “Bring it on.”

Photo editing is not also out of it. When it comes to photography and other creative fields, there can be some resistance to the notion that automatic photo editing works could ever possibly replace artists. In fact, some photographers still prefer film over digital for reasons that vary from ownership of the developing process, to a greater sense of permanence, to the perception of a more defined aesthetic.

But introducing some automated elements into one’s workflow can remove the redundant, boring and time-consuming parts of a photographer’s work, as well as make possible new techniques and even new kinds of photography.

So basically, we are not against of automatic photo editing service. In this article, we will try to show you the importance of manual photo editing and you should prefer it.

1) Manual editing has no limitation

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There are so many limitations while the automated editing is applied on images. For example, the automated tools can’t test for visual considerations like gestures, image color or font size. It is not possible to test the User Experience and User Interface through the automation testing. Changes in these can only be detected and done by manual photo editing, which means that not all photo editing can be done with automatic tools. Manual editing is preferable for photos with given clients’ direction such user experience and GUIs with constant updates.

2) Automatic editing is not “real”

As the name “Automatic photo editing” which means just refers to “Automatic”. They are just robotic and can’t edit as a real graphic designer perspective. Manual editing, on the other end, allows a designer to give it a perfect look. Moreover, if any fault or error occurs; those can be easily edited instantly by a designer.

3) Manual editing assures quality

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 Many times situations arise when there is a strict deadline for the completion of photo editing works. In this case, the time and precision of functionality play a major role. Now before starting the automated editing, the designer has to set up image files, program it into the automated tool, and then run the editing work. But with manual testing, the QA manager can quickly test and see the results. Automatic editing may save time but it doesn’t allow testing ideas quickly and easily.

4) Re-editing is possible

 By using the automatic editing method, it is impossible to run again the re-editing activities perfectly which had already executed before.

5) Easy to correct

Manual editing is the only one option during the initial stage of the production. When the production (photo editing works) is in regression phase and stable then the designer can automate the basic functions within the workflow. Moreover, it has been observed most of the editing defects are found by manual observation rather than automatic photo editing work. So, it is easy to correct them.

6) Negative testing can be performed

 Negative testing of quality such as error, the defect can be done more rigorously via manual editing.

7) Human vs machine fact

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 If an editing fails the automation method will only result the failure and could not perform a workaround to edit other areas even if one thing fails. In this manual editing can only work that out.

The QA, who checks the whole production chain and executes each editing steps manually. One major advantage of manual editing includes ease of performing for customized photo editing as per the requirements which are defined and input-output deliverable as discussed between the image editing service provider and clients. Also, it can be executed with ultimate ease and perfection without fancy coding and special programs.

For this reason, my suggestion will go for manual photo editing. Again I want to mention that I am not against automatic photo editing. I have just emphasized on the fact that human brain, eye and hand can do some amazing things which a software by itself cannot.