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The Camera Raw interface

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Video: The Camera Raw interface

Let's take a tour of the interface of the Camera RAW workspace. The interface is dominated by this large preview of whatever photo you've opened into Camera RAW, and are working on at the moment. When a RAW file is first opened into Camera RAW, it is displayed with default settings, so it may not look terrific yet, because it hasn't been custom processed. The default settings that Camera RAW uses are for the camera brand and model with which the photo was taken, and Camera RAW will recognize most current cameras. From time to time, you'll see an update to Camera RAW, and the main reason for those updates is to include profiles of even more cameras.

The Camera Raw interface

Let's take a tour of the interface of the Camera RAW workspace. The interface is dominated by this large preview of whatever photo you've opened into Camera RAW, and are working on at the moment. When a RAW file is first opened into Camera RAW, it is displayed with default settings, so it may not look terrific yet, because it hasn't been custom processed. The default settings that Camera RAW uses are for the camera brand and model with which the photo was taken, and Camera RAW will recognize most current cameras. From time to time, you'll see an update to Camera RAW, and the main reason for those updates is to include profiles of even more cameras.

Down here at the bottom of this particular image, you can see that Camera RAW does recognize the camera with which this photo was taken, and it got that information from what's called the EXIF data that the camera embeds in a photo. The most important controls in Camera RAW are in the column over on the right, in the first two tabs; this Basic tab, and the second tab, the Detail tab. We'll be looking at all of these controls in detail in the movies to come in this chapter. I do want to show you that there is an Auto button in the Basic tab.

If I click the Auto button, Camera RAW takes its best guess at how to set each of these controls for this particular photo. Sometimes I'll click Auto just to see what Camera RAW does, but for the most part, I like to go back, and click on Default here to go back to my default settings, because I think one of the great benefits of working in Camera RAW is that you get to control the processing yourself. At the top of the column on the right is a histogram. If this looks familiar, it's because it's the same sort of chart that I showed you in earlier movies about using levels in the Full Photo Edit workspace.

This histogram is a chart of the tonal values in this image, and it will change as I change the settings below. So I do keep my eye on that histogram as I am moving these controls, so that I can understand the impact that they are having on the photo. Beneath the histogram is some exposure information that comes from the digital camera. It tells me the f-stop, and the shutter speed, the ISO, and the lens length with which this photo was shot. At the top of the interface is an abbreviated toolbar. This contains some of the tools with which you are familiar from the Full Photo Edit workspace, like the Zoom tool, and the Hand tool.

With the Zoom tool selected, if I click in the image, that will zoom in for a closer look. If I hold the Alt key -- that's the Option key on the Mac -- and click, that zooms me out to see more of the image, and I can go down to the bottom of the interface, and click this menu to zoom right to a particular percentage. So when I'm sharpening, and I want to view an image at 100%, I can choose that from this menu. Then if I want to see the entire image in this document window, from that menu, I can choose Fit in View. When I am zoomed in so far that I can't see the entire image in the document window, then I'll go to the Hand tool, and click and drag with it in the document window to get to a different part of the image.

The same shortcuts apply to the Hand tool, and the Zoom tool that I showed you in the Full Photo Edit workspace. If I double-click the Zoom tool, that takes the photo to 100% view, and if I double-click the Hand tool, that takes the photo to the Fit in Screen view, where I can see the entire photo in the document window. We'll take a closer look at the White Balance tool, the Crop tool, and the Straighten tool later in this chapter. There's also a Redeye Removal tool for removing that red glow that you sometimes get from the flash on your camera.

That's just like the Redeye Removal tools that we've looked at in the Organizer, and the Editor. From here, you can access preferences for Camera RAW. I generally recommend leaving these at their defaults. And then there's a Left and Right Rotate button. Over on the top right of the interface is the Preview checkbox. I usually keep this checked, so that I get a live preview in the document window of what I'm doing with the sliders over here in the column on the right. Preview is also good for getting a before and after view in the basic column. So let's say I do something here, like take the Saturation slider, and drag it all the way to the left to remove all the color from the image.

If I want to compare the way the image looks now to the way it looked when I started in the Basic column, then I'll go up to the Preview checkbox, and uncheck it for a moment. So there's where I started, and there's where I am now. By the way, the Before view is only the Before view for this particular column. So if I were to go to be Detail column instead, and make a change there, and then uncheck Preview, that would take me back to where I started in the Detail column, not to where I started in the Basic column. I'll check Preview again, and go back to the Basic column.

If you ever want to get all your settings back to where you started when you opened an image in Camera RAW, you can do that by holding down the Alt key -- that's the Option key on a Mac -- which changes this button to a Reset button. I'll click that to reset all of the settings. There are some other buttons at the bottom of the interface, which we'll use at the end of the workflow when I show you how to output an image, and there's a Help button that you can click to get help about Camera RAW. So that's an overview of the Camera RAW interface. In the movies to come, we'll be looking at many of these features in a lot more detail.

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Photoshop Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 23m 48s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Getting around Elements
      6m 9s
    3. Exploring the differences in Mac versions of Elements
      5m 41s
    4. Working with Organizer catalogs
      6m 16s
    5. Using the exercise files
      4m 44s
  2. 21m 39s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      5m 35s
    2. Importing photos from a camera
      4m 44s
    3. Importing photos from a computer
      3m 1s
    4. Importing photos from an iPhoto library
      5m 27s
    5. Importing photos from external drives
      2m 52s
  3. 31m 24s
    1. Working in Thumbnail view
      4m 10s
    2. Working in Folder Location view
      4m 33s
    3. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      4m 55s
    4. Editing and organizing in Full Screen view
      7m 20s
    5. Comparing photos in Side by Side view
      4m 10s
    6. Displaying photos in Date view
      2m 40s
    7. Viewing photo information
      3m 36s
  4. 47m 47s
    1. Using keyword tags to categorize photos
      6m 42s
    2. Organizing keyword tags
      4m 25s
    3. Finding photos by keyword tag
      3m 39s
    4. Automatically tagging people
      8m 21s
    5. Using automatic smart tagging
      5m 36s
    6. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 9s
    7. Creating albums to organize photos
      5m 7s
    8. Creating smart albums
      5m 52s
    9. Stacking photos to reduce thumbnail clutter
      3m 56s
  5. 24m 35s
    1. Finding photos that are visually similar to each other
      4m 3s
    2. Searching for an object in a photo
      3m 45s
    3. Finding duplicate photos
      4m 50s
    4. Searching by text
      5m 59s
    5. Exploring the Find menu
      4m 27s
    6. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 31s
  6. 22m 41s
    1. Deleting photos
      4m 30s
    2. Renaming photos
      2m 24s
    3. Moving photos
      3m 58s
    4. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 37s
    5. Changing photo dates
      4m 29s
    6. Backing up
      2m 43s
  7. 16m 14s
    1. Choosing an editing workspace
      4m 37s
    2. Autocorrecting with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      3m 47s
    3. Photo finishing with the Organizer's Photo Fix options
      4m 2s
    4. Changing a Photo Fix adjustment
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 10s
    1. Editing with assistance: the Guided Edit workspace
      6m 27s
    2. Retouching a photo the step-by-step way
      7m 55s
    3. Creating a dreamlike Orton effect
      1m 8s
    4. Simulating shallow depth of field
      4m 11s
    5. Creating a collage using Picture Stack
      2m 29s
  9. 29m 26s
    1. Quick improvements: introducing the Quick Edit workspace
      3m 28s
    2. Applying Quick Edit corrections
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting lighting
      4m 0s
    4. Correcting color
      4m 20s
    5. Fixing red-eye, improving skies, and touching up photos
      6m 28s
    6. Sharpening images
      3m 10s
    7. Saving in Quick Edit
      3m 52s
  10. 41m 16s
    1. Full control: introducing the Full Edit workspace
      5m 19s
    2. Tips for using the editing tools
      3m 50s
    3. Customizing panels
      5m 10s
    4. Undoing your work
      6m 22s
    5. Zooming and navigating
      4m 41s
    6. Saving images and examining file formats
      4m 50s
    7. Working with multiple documents
      4m 0s
    8. Creating a file from scratch
      2m 57s
    9. Customizing Editor preferences
      4m 7s
  11. 25m 42s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 3s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      7m 19s
    3. Tips for working with layers
      4m 25s
    4. Understanding layer masks
      6m 55s
  12. 29m 59s
    1. Understanding selections
      6m 49s
    2. Using manual selection tools
      4m 42s
    3. Modifying selections
      4m 20s
    4. Using the automatic selection tools
      7m 11s
    5. Refining selections
      4m 50s
    6. Saving selections
      2m 7s
  13. 23m 52s
    1. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
      2m 50s
    2. Retouching skin with the Healing Brush tool
      6m 7s
    3. Retouching with the Clone Stamp tool
      1m 58s
    4. Using the Content-Aware option in the Spot Healing Brush to remove content
      3m 13s
    5. Touching up photos with the Smart Brush tools
      7m 22s
    6. Using the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      2m 22s
  14. 1h 0m
    1. Understanding color management
      7m 23s
    2. Understanding adjustment layers
      6m 49s
    3. Adjusting part of a photo
      6m 16s
    4. Correcting contrast and brightness using Levels controls
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation
      4m 32s
    6. Improving shadow and highlights using Shadow/Highlight
      2m 36s
    7. Adjusting lighting and color using Color Curves
      3m 53s
    8. Removing a color cast
      2m 11s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
    10. Reducing noise
      3m 53s
    11. Sharpening images
      6m 43s
    12. Processing multiple photos
      8m 19s
  15. 23m 6s
    1. Resizing and changing photo resolution
      7m 1s
    2. Cropping photos
      5m 35s
    3. Straightening photos
      2m 35s
    4. Adding canvas around photos
      2m 43s
    5. Changing a photos orientation using the Recompose tool
      5m 12s
  16. 23m 50s
    1. Combining photos using the Place command
      5m 21s
    2. Using a layer mask to hide a background
      6m 26s
    3. Blending images using a gradient
      8m 18s
    4. Blending images using Blend modes
      3m 45s
  17. 24m 2s
    1. Creating text
      6m 22s
    2. Editing text
      3m 49s
    3. Creating text on a selection
      6m 1s
    4. Creating text around a shape
      3m 51s
    5. Creating text on a custom path
      3m 59s
  18. 22m 43s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 24s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 6s
    3. Adding layer styles
      7m 38s
    4. Making shapes
      5m 17s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 18s
  19. 42m 14s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      3m 35s
    2. The Camera Raw interface
      5m 16s
    3. Adjusting color using the white balance controls
      4m 41s
    4. Controlling lighting and contrast
      6m 26s
    5. Enhancing photos with the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation controls
      2m 39s
    6. Cropping and straightening
      2m 12s
    7. Reducing Noise
      2m 24s
    8. Sharpening
      6m 46s
    9. Outputting from Camera Raw
      4m 43s
    10. Processing multiple photos in Camera Raw
      3m 32s
  20. 56m 43s
    1. Creating a photo book
      6m 50s
    2. Completing the photo book
      10m 5s
    3. Creating a photo calendar
      8m 19s
    4. Creating a photo greeting card
      5m 17s
    5. Making other photo creations in the Create workspace
      2m 8s
    6. Outputting photo creations from the Create workspace
      2m 50s
    7. Creating a photo slideshow in Windows
      8m 45s
    8. Completing the photo slideshow
      3m 31s
    9. Making a scrapbook page from scratch in Full Edit
      8m 58s
  21. 41m 34s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 30s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages in Windows
      5m 23s
    3. Printing contact sheets and picture packages on a Mac
      8m 33s
    4. Ordering prints from the Organizer
      4m 22s
    5. Sharing photos by email from the Organizer
      3m 46s
    6. Sharing photos with Photo Mail in Windows
      5m 3s
    7. Sharing photos on Facebook from the Organizer
      3m 42s
    8. Sharing photos on Flickr from the Organizer
      2m 15s
  22. 7m 34s
    1. Signing up for an Adobe ID
      2m 20s
    2. Sharing online albums from the Organizer to Photoshop.com
      5m 14s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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