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Is develop persona fully non destructive ?

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Hello !

I have been told that "develop persona" cannot be considered a fully non destructive Raw treatment. If so, would it be wiser to start "develop persona" with a copy of the raw file ?

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If you save your RAW edits, it will save them to a .afphoto file. The original RAW in unaffected.

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Thank you  Dave for this fast and unequivocal answer. That' s what I figured but I needed some reassurance. I purchased AP in January and believe me, the learning curve is quite steep with all those (excellent) tutorials in english for a newbie whose native tongue is french !

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The Affinity Photo roadmap mentions "Non destructive Develop Layer" so it looks like there will be more non-destructive options in the future.

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