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Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw


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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

with Ted LoCascio

Video: Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw

With this movie I would like to show you how to apply tonal and color adjustments to raw images using Camera Raw. Now these adjustments can only be applied to raw images in the Camera Raw dialog box. These adjustments are always non-destructive; you can always reinstate the original image as it was shot by the camera. Now some of the controls available here are exclusive to the Camera Raw dialog box. I'd like to show you them now. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the catalog images that are in our exercise files. So everything that's being displayed in here in Content panel are the images available in the catalog images folder. I want to filter down what's being displayed in here using the Filter panel over here to the left . Where it says File Type, I'm going to click on this first line here, Camera Raw Image. It tells us there are 17 Camera Raw images here in this folder and now that's we're viewing in the Content panel, right. So, that's quick and easy access to these images.
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training
8h 22m Beginner Sep 29, 2008

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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Identifying photos by name, keyword, rating, and label
  • Locating photos with searches, filters, collections, and stacks
  • Using automated red-eye correction and sharpening tools
  • Making detailed color and tone corrections
  • Using Photomerge on faces and groups
  • Working with filters, artwork, and other image customizations
  • Scrapbooking
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Ted LoCascio

Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw

With this movie I would like to show you how to apply tonal and color adjustments to raw images using Camera Raw. Now these adjustments can only be applied to raw images in the Camera Raw dialog box. These adjustments are always non-destructive; you can always reinstate the original image as it was shot by the camera. Now some of the controls available here are exclusive to the Camera Raw dialog box. I'd like to show you them now. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the catalog images that are in our exercise files. So everything that's being displayed in here in Content panel are the images available in the catalog images folder. I want to filter down what's being displayed in here using the Filter panel over here to the left . Where it says File Type, I'm going to click on this first line here, Camera Raw Image. It tells us there are 17 Camera Raw images here in this folder and now that's we're viewing in the Content panel, right. So, that's quick and easy access to these images.

Now I before I open up an image into Camera Raw, I want to indicate to you that some of these have these little icons here. I'm going to go ahead and select this image. Notice that the icon here with the triangles and the lines, is only appearing on some of the images, okay? That's Elements' way or Bridge's way actually of telling us that these images have already been edited inside of Camera Raw and the preview that we're seeing here, the thumbnail that we're seeing, is actually showing us the results of those edits.

Any of the images that don't have that icon have not yet been edited inside of Camera Raw. So we're seeing the image as it was shot, okay. So that's what that little icon is indicating. That said, let's go ahead and open up one of the images, that has not yet been edited in Camera Raw. I'm going to select the Maine_house_02 image, double-click that to open it up inside of Camera Raw. All right, so here is our image. Now this image has all kinds of different problems. It's washed out, slightly under-exposed, could use some contrast, the white balance is off and we can fix all of those things to this raw image here in the Camera Raw dialog box.

So I think the first thing that I want to do is fix the white balance, okay. Now I could click and choose an option from inside this White Balance dropdown list and these reflect the White Balance settings that you would find on your camera, okay. You can use an Auto light balance, we could Daylight or Cloudy -- it was kind of cloudy that day so I could choose that setting. But I think a better way to do it is to actually choose a neutral gray point using the White Balance tool, which is up here. If I click on that tool, this is similar to setting a white balance using the center eyedropper in the Levels dialog box when you're working inside of the Elements' Editing workspace, okay. Similar to working that way except we're doing it here inside of the Camera Raw dialog box instead of levels.

What I want to do is click on a neutral gray area. I think there is a nice neutral gray area here right around in these posts that are the railings that's going along the ledge here. If I can click right on it from this faraway zoomed out, there we go, I clicked on it and by doing so I have now changed the White Balance settings for the image and this looks a lot better than it did when we first opened it. We can see the before and after by turning the Preview off up here. There is the before with the white balance off and there is the color corrected image after we reset the white balance.

Okay, so all I needed to do is locate an area in the image that should be a neutral gray. When I clicked, it changed the color in the image and shifted everything around to make it look much, much better. All right, so that's a great way to white balance your images using this White Balance tool inside of the Camera Raw dialog box. All right so now that we have done that, we have got some Exposure settings here. I could lighten the image a little bit or darken it. I definitely don't want to darken it; I think I might lighten it just a bit. We also have Recovery and Fill Light, these work like the Shadow and Highlight sliders that you would find inside of the Elements' Editing workspace, okay. So if I wanted to lighten the shadow areas, I could drag that to the right. If I wanted to darken the highlight areas, I could drag the Recovery to the right, okay.

I don't really need to do that, so I'm going to leave that alone. I think I will lighten the shadow areas by dragging this just over slightly to the right, all right. You can also increase contrast by moving the Contrast slider, and it does need some contrast, that's for sure. We will drag that over to the right. If you feel the need to darken up your blacks in your shadow areas, you can drag this to the right. Notice what's happening to the rocks. That's a little bit too much; I don't think we want to do so much of that. But that's what that particular slider allows you to do. You can also increase the brightness in the image and lighten it up. I don't think we need to do that any further either.

So these work similar to the Brightness, Contrast sliders in the Elements' Editing workspace. All right, then we have these sliders down here, and I think I'm going to work with the Saturation slider. Vibrance works similarly to the Saturation slider, but works a lot better with flesh tones of which we don't have any in this image. So I'm going to go ahead and just stick with Saturation, and set it -- boost up the vividness of these colors inside this Camera Raw image. So you can see it -- starting to these colors poke out in the rocks down here and in the house. The greens are becoming nice and vivid, which is exactly what I want to happen, okay.

So we were able to go through here and make several different adjustments to the image. Let's take a look at the before and the after. Here is the Preview, turn it off. That's before and that's after, and that's a huge, huge difference. All right, so that's how you can go through and apply different tonal and color adjustments using the controls here in the Camera Raw dialog box. White balance tool, all of your Exposure settings and lighting sliders are in here. We have got Contrast, Brightness and Contrast, and then we also have Saturation down here. These are the things you're going to be working with when you're making tonal and color adjustments to Camera Raw images using the Camera Raw dialog box.

Now that I'm done with this, I'm just going to click Done rather than open it in Elements. And now I can return to Bridge and the image now has our icon indicating that it has been edited in Camera Raw and the thumbnail has been updated as well.

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