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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.
Raw images can only be opened and edited using the Camera Raw plug-in. With this movie I would like to show you how to identify raw images from Bridge and then open them up in Camera Raw. Okay, so here I'm in Bridge and I'm currently viewing all of our images inside of our catalog images folder, which is part of our exercise files. That's what we're seeing here in the Content panel in Bridge. So what I would like to do is filter this display down here in the Content panel to just display the Camera Raw images that I have in this folder.
I can do that using the Filter panel over on the left. So you can see here is my Filter panel. You will notice that further down in the Filter panel, we have a section for File Type and in this section it lists all the different file types of the images that we have in the folder. At the very top, we have Camera Raw image. Okay. Notice we also have DNG image. That's a type of Camera Raw as well. We have JPEG and TIFF and also a collection, something that I created here inside of Bridge, all right.
So what I'm going to do is click on where it's Camera Raw Image, we have 16 of those images. It tells us that information over here and now we're only viewing the Camera Raw images here in the Content panel. All right, so we can scroll down and just take a look. And what's a Camera Raw image? Notice that they all have Camera Raw extensions. Some of them are CRW, some of them are CR2. All of them have been taken with I think two different Canon cameras, all right. So, if we want to open up these images now or open up some of them, inside of the Camera Raw plug-in, what we first need to do of course is select them.
So let's go ahead and make a selection. I'm going to go and click on this image here, Enzo_buggy_ride_02, and then hold down the Shift key and select the end image here in this series, Enzo_buggy_ ride_11. All right, so all three of these images now are selected. I want to open all three of them up at the same time in the Camera Raw plug-in. What I can do now is with them all selected, just double-click on any one of them. Then all three of them are going to open up inside of Camera Raw. So here we're in Camera Raw. Now I just want to show you a little bit about the Camera Raw interface so you know what you're working with once you enter this large dialog box, okay. First of all, the Camera Raw dialog box has its own interface, okay. It pretty much takes over your whole screen. If you want to take up your screen even more, you can click this button over here next to what it says Preview and then you can actually expand out on the top and the bottoms of your screen. You can have even more room to work, okay. Click it again, now we can see the Photoshop Elements menu bar and also the bottom of the Elements interface as well.
When you open multiple images here, inside of Camera Raw, we have got a little menu over here on the left. Okay, so we can select the images that we want to preview in the preview area, over here. We also have our own set of tools up here; it has its own tool bar up at the top of the interface okay so you can access some tools from up here. There is our Preview option which you should always have turned on unless you wanted to see the before and after, after making some changes using the controls over here.
Now notice we have two tabs, a Basic tab and a Detail tab. The Basic tab contains the bulk of your controls here in Camera Raw. Things like adjusting your white balance by either moving either of these sliders or choosing from the settings here in the White Balance dropdown list. These are almost exactly the same as what you would see in your camera, okay. You can change those here in Camera Raw. It's nice that you can do these kinds of stuff because you can't do these things inside of Elements. Down here we have an Exposure control, which is very, very nice. You can control the exposure after the fact to a Camera Raw image here in the Camera Raw dialog box. We also have some lighting sliders, things that will control your lighting in your image. Things like Recovery and Fill Light.
These work a lot like the Shadow and the Highlight sliders that you would use in the Elements' Editing workspace, okay, very similar. You can also control the amount of Blacks in your image; control the Brightness and Contrast. That's also similar to the Brightness and Contrast sliders available in the Elements' Editing workspace as well. Okay we have also some interesting sliders down here for Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation. Saturation you may already be familiar with if you have used Hue and Saturation inside of Elements. Vibrance is similar to Saturation only it works a lot better with flesh tones, skin tones. Okay, so I would recommend using that on images of people like these images here. And Clarity can just help add some definition to your image, okay, and the colors in your image.
All right, so these are the bulk of your controls in here. The controls in the Detail tab allow you to control and add Sharpening and Noise Reduction to an image. Now this is generally something I would recommend that you do after you open the image in Elements, just in case you want to apply any other adjustments in Elements. Okay, because these should always be a last step. It may be that you just want to apply certain adjustment to your raw images here in the dialog box then apply some other adjustments in Elements and then you will always want to apply your Sharpening last.
So I don't necessarily recommend that you always use these, okay. They are here if you want to and you know you're going to make all your adjustment in here in this dialog box, you can go ahead and do it but I don't always recommend it as a safety measure. You also have your own histogram up here that you can use and refer to it, get some information about the different channels in your image as you're making your adjustments, okay which is nice that we have that. And then we also have this section down here where we can choose what Depth we want to work in. We have been working with 8 bit images so far throughout these training movies.
But with Camera Raw you have your choice. You can also work in 16 bit, okay, which greatly increases the amount of colors and grays that you're working with in your image, okay. If you choose 16 bit, you're just opening up the spectrum that much more. You're working with a lot more. So you may want to choose to do or stick with 8 bit. You can do either one here inside of Camera Raw. All right, you also have Done, Cancel and Open Image buttons; these are very important buttons. If you're making adjustment in here but you're not ready to open up the image inside of Elements and work with it further, you would just click Done, okay.
If you're not going to make any adjustments, of course you would click Cancel. If you want to open the image after making your adjustment inside of the Elements' Editing workspace, you would click Open Image and then work with them further there. So that's a quick tour of the Camera Raw dialog box.
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