What are the Different Types of Editing Workflow?

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  • Last Modified Date: 08 December 2019
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Editing workflow, in general terms, is a series of connected steps or a sequence of operations, taking a project or process from initiation to completion. A workflow model requires input and output, as well as the relevant people and tools to make the workflow system function cohesively and effectively. Workflow management may utilize software to perform analysis of the process and the outcomes. An individual or team may also implement automated workflow solutions for a higher rate of accuracy and efficiency. There are many different types of workflow that can be distinguished.

Consider the following examples of several types of editing workflow: business workflow, creative workflow, image editing workflow, plan editing workflow, process editing workflow, and video editing workflow. The most common workflows, business and creative, actually encompass portions of other types of workflow. Most types of workflow involve planning and processes, for example. The underlying principle of each form of editing workflow, however, is to implement and manage the process smoothly and proficiently, so the outcome meets designated standards and expectations.

Business workflow primarily addresses a set or sequence of tasks. The parameters of workflow within the business realm include the tasks, the people who must perform them, the necessary documents, and the required sequence to complete them correctly. In addition, business workflow must include criteria defining qualitative terms assuring acceptable procedures and completion, as well as quantitative terms indicating acceptable cost and time expenditures.


Creative workflow typically encompasses such processes as image editing and video editing workflows. These processes often engage creative workflow management (CWM) teams responsible for creating, designing, developing, and producing images in one form or another. Sometimes the images are forms of art, photos, or videos, while other times the images may be suitable for branding and packaging purposes. Creative workflow also includes digital images, graphics, multimedia, and interactive file formats.

Whatever type of workflow an individual or company does, important elements to make the overall process more efficient include workflow software and automated workflow options. By its nature, editing workflow often involves modification procedures, which differ depending on whether the workflow is inactive or active. Inactive workflows may undergo editing or modification at any time, while active workflows have restrictions on how much editing is possible due to their connections to other related projects or workflows. In the case of active workflows, editing may take place in draft modes, then published during real-time validation moments.


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