| What is Parametric Editing?


Parametric (Non-Destructive) Editing

Simply put, parametric editing means you can make edits to a photo without permanently altering the original. However, there is so much more to parametric editing than preserving the original image. Parametric editing is a class of non-destructive editing that uses a set of instructions or parameters, rather than adjusting the actual pixels and altering the original image. When you save the photo, you are saving those instructions, meaning you can go back and remove, add, or adjust the previously set instructions at any time.


How Does Parametric Editing Work?

Photo editing software that uses parametric editing, such as ACDSee Ultimate 10 and ACDSee Pro 10, saves a list of instructions when we develop and edit an image. In ACDSee Ultimate 10 and ACDSee Pro 10, this is done in Develop mode. What we see on the screen is a live preview of how the image looks based on the instructions we have created, without actually applying the changes to the image. No changes are ever made to the original image data. We create a set of instructions for ACDSee on how to display the image by using the editing tools. We can change these instructions as many times as we want with no loss of image quality. We can revert back to the original photo at any time simply by clearing the instructions, or we can go back and remove or adjust specific instructions.


Advantages of Parametric Editing

  • Preserves original image.
  • Ability to remove, add, or adjust existing edits to a file.
  • No need for more than one photo editing software program.
  • Create variations of an image without having to have multiple files.

There are a number of programs which claim to have non-destructive editing, meaning the original image remains untouched. However, not all have parametric editing, allowing you to re-open a file and edit the previously created instructions. ACDSee Ultimate 10's parametric editing ability gives you the freedom and flexibility you need to make your photos look their very best.