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In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.
We are going to take a look at those situations where you're going to simply want to do a Custom Lens Correction. And in this case, what I want to do is correct this image because while I like this Perspective, I noticed that this door is bowing a little bit. I also notice that the image is leaning a little bit to the right, and so, I can see some of these bending features showing me that we have some distortion here. All right. Let's go ahead and copy our background layer. We will be so by pressing command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows and then the letter J. We will go ahead and name this new layer Correct. Next, we are going to navigate to our Filter pulldown menu. As you remember, Lens Correction's in the location here.
So, let's click on that. And once this dialog is open, what we going to do is click on the Custom tab, which we can find back here. One of the first things that I need to do is really level things out a bit. There are a couple of different ways that we can do this. One technique that I like to use is to turn on the Show Grid option. This Grid is showing me yes, this is leaning a little bit to the right. I can then modify the angle by clicking and dragging or simply clicking and dragging on the word Angle in order to make a little bit more of a subtle adjustment. And sometimes I find that this subtle adjustment works even better, because by dragging the Angle a little bit too far, we can overdo it.
Now that I have corrected that just a touch, I also want to remove some distortion. So, I'll go ahead and click and drag this particular slider or hover over the name of the slider, Remove Distortion and then click and drag this one way or another. And again, I am paying attention to my Grid to see how this will work. For the most part, this is working really well. We will notice that it's cropping, or I'm losing a little bit of information. So, I am going to scale this just a touch bigger so I don't quite have that stretching effect on those edges. Once I've done that, I want to take a look at all of my edges and whatnot and see, yes for the most part we are in a good space.
And, of course, we could always make some more subtle, little adjustments incrementally building this effect up little by little, in order to have a nice image here. And again, I think that looks pretty good. Let's click OK in order to apply that. Now here we can see our before and after by clicking on this Eye icon. Here we have the before and then the after, subtle yet nonetheless a significant improvement to this photograph.
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