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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.
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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