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Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8 enables photographers to open and manipulate raw-format files with an exceptional degree of control over exposure, sharpness, and other characteristics. Learn how to work with its features and take your images from raw files to polished photographs with these tutorials from teacher and seasoned photographer Chris Orwig. Discover how to improve and correct exposure problems, crop and recompose photos, and create compelling black-and-white conversions of full-color photographs.
In this chapter, we're going to take a look at how we can use the basic White Balance controls in order to customize and correct the color that we have in our photographs. In order to begin the conversation, let's take a look at this slide. Here in this slide, you can see that we have different types of color temperatures, and we already intuitively know this. We know that there are certain color temperatures that are warm, like the sun early in the morning. We also know that there are other types of color temperatures Which are cold and cool. And what we can do in Camera Raw, is we can customize the color temperature that we have in our photographs by using a couple of different tools. Let's click on a photograph and start to take a look at how we can work white balance and color temperature in one of our photos. So here I'll click into this image, and in this photograph, you may notice that there's a little bit of a color shift.
Now we can shift the color temperature by going to the Basic panel, and by working with our Temperature and our Tint sliders. Here we can make some subtle or really dramatic adjustments. Click and drag the Temperature slider to cool the image off or add more yellow and warm it up. To reset the slider, double-click it, and it will bring it back to its default setting. We can also work with the Tint slider as well so that we can tint the image a bit more green or make it a little bit more magenta, simply by dragging the slider. Again, I'll double click the slider to bring it back to its default setting. Now with this image, I mentioned that there's a little bit of a color shift. Now I could try to correct the image by guessing and by using these sliders, or you could also use a tool that is called the white balance tool. You can find this tool up top, and it’s located right here next to the hand tool. So go ahead and click on that tool.
Then position your cursor over something that you know should be neutral. In this image, I know that this Leica camera was black. I know that that should be a true black, so therefore I’ll go ahead and click on that. You can also click on other items in your photograph that aren’t black. Perhaps something which is gray or white. Well, what it will allow Camera Raw to do is to make some temperature and tint adjustments in order to color correct the photograph. If we hover over the area of our image where we clicked and look at our RGB values, what we'll discover is that it made those values equal.
Equal amounts of red, green and blue equals neutrality. And here you can see that what it did is it color-corrected this photo. If we click on the Preview check box, here's before, click again, and here's after. And in a sense, what it did is it shifted all of the colors to try to remove The color cast. Now after having color corrected this photograph, what I want to do is take this just a little bit further. Now you don't always have to do this, but sometimes what you might want to do is correct the image and then customize it by using these sliders. Here I'll drag this a little bit to the left, because I feel like the image is a touch too warm.
Or maybe I'll work with the tint sliders and I'll drag this one to the right to add a bit more magenta. In this way, I can sort of nudge the color temperature one way or another, making more subtle adjustments. In order to evaluate your progress, you always want to click on the Preview checkbox or press the P key to look at the before and then click again in order to see the after. Alright, well now that we've started to see how we can use the white balance sliders an the white balance eye dropper, let's take a deeper look into how we can use these tools, an let's do that in the next few movies.
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