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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.
Here we're going to take a look at an interesting effect that we can apply inside of Adobe Camera Raw, and that is how we can darken or brighten the outer edges of our photograph. And the way that we can do this in the new version of Adobe Camera Raw has been modified a little bit. So, let's take a look at how this works. For starters, one of the things that we might want to do is to navigate over to our Lens Corrections panel. Now here I can go ahead and add some vignetting in order to darken the edges. I can modify the Midpoint by clicking and dragging this in or I can click and drag this out to limit this effect to these outer corners.
Now when I do this, it looks fine so far. We can click on our Preview. Here is our before and then our after. Yet the problem comes into play when we select the Crop tool and when we make a crop across the image. To apply this crop, we'll press Enter or Return. Well now here, when I modify this control either to make corrections or enhancements to the image, we can see it's only affecting the bottom portion of the image because I've effectively cropped out the other area. So, this Lens Corrections effect does not work at all. Well in order to be able to control this area, after I've cropped the image, what we need to do is to navigate to this new panel.
It's located right next door, and this is brand-new to Adobe Camera Raw. It's called Effects. Now there are two Effects here: We have Film Grain, which we'll talk about later, or Post Crop Vignetting. Well first let's deconstruct how this works. What we can do is we can dial in our amount either to darken, or for that matter, to brighten. Let's go ahead and darken this and then deconstruct these other controls. Midpoint will either bring this closer end to the middle of this cropped area, click and drag out, and that will extend it further. Roundness, we can control the overall shape of this particular effect, one way or another.
The Feather gives us the ability to control the intensity of this shape either with a nice crisp line or a soft and diffused line. One of the things that I've found helpful to do is to change your Feather, and then to modify your Roundness so you can actually see what the shape is and how that works on your image and also to modify your Midpoint so that here you can see, really clearly, how these different shapes will work. Now of course, you probably won't want to apply this particular type of effect, but it does help you deconstruct what these controls actually do.
Let's add a bit of Feather here. Let's focus in on Highlights. What Highlights can allow us to do is to actually bring back some of our highlights. You can see this primarily in the top area of the image where there are some highlights, again, just controlling the overall darkening of that area. Well, there are couple of more things that I want to point out here and one of the things that I want to point out is that if we reactivate our Crop tool, you'll notice that we have this effect inside of this crop area. Well if I change its crop in any way shape or form, you're going to notice that this effect completely follows the way that I modify or change this particular crop, and therefore it's going to give me that nice consistency, which was based upon the crop area.
Let's press Enter or Return in order to apply that. The last thing that I want to point out is that we have three different Styles. Now by default, the Style is Highlight Priority, and there are two others as well: Color Priority, which gives emphasis or focus to color, and then Paint Overlay. Now each of these different styles will interact with our images differently based on our different settings and our controls here, and it also will interact differently based on the different images. You will notice that in some of these controls we have control over our highlights. In another control, Paint Overlay, we lose that particular slider as it's grayed out.
Now how do all of these three different styles work? Well because these styles will work differently on different images, one of the things you obviously have to do is simply experiment and see which works best on your own photographs.
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