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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Camera Raw

with Chris Orwig

Video: Welcome

Chris Orwig enthusiastically explores a Photoshop plug-in that is a must-have for any serious photographer.
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  1. 12m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 25s
    2. What is Camera Raw?
      2m 52s
    3. Benefits of using Adobe Camera Raw
      1m 43s
    4. The Digital Negative
      3m 34s
    5. Camera Raw resources
      1m 15s
    6. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 31m 37s
    1. Introducing Adobe Bridge CS4
      4m 21s
    2. Essential Bridge preferences
      3m 26s
    3. Sorting in Bridge CS4
      3m 0s
    4. Camera Raw preferences
      5m 11s
    5. Opening images in Camera Raw
      4m 5s
    6. Opening JPG and TIFF files in Camera Raw
      4m 11s
    7. Comparing RAW, JPG, and TIFF files
      2m 40s
    8. Converting files to the DNG format
      4m 43s
  3. 21m 26s
    1. Introducing the Camera Raw toolbar
      2m 43s
    2. Navigating in Camera Raw
      2m 25s
    3. Analyzing images with the histogram
      4m 42s
    4. Introducing the Image Adjustment tabs
      3m 29s
    5. Navigating the Camera Raw panels with keyboard shortcuts
      1m 34s
    6. Previewing your adjustments
      2m 11s
    7. Working with multiple files in Camera Raw
      4m 22s
  4. 21m 46s
    1. Viewing and reviewing photos
      2m 33s
    2. Using Bridge to label, rank, sort, and filter
      3m 25s
    3. Using the Filter panel
      1m 29s
    4. Correcting color with the White Balance tool
    5. Cropping and composing
      1m 22s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 35s
    7. Removing distractions
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 34s
    9. Converting to black-and-white
      1m 57s
    10. Making a localized correction
      2m 16s
    11. Improving details
      2m 12s
  5. 16m 34s
    1. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      4m 40s
    2. Three ways to open photos in Photoshop
      6m 12s
    3. Saving from Camera Raw
      5m 42s
  6. 16m 22s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      3m 30s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 24s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      4m 2s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      3m 53s
    5. Creative cropping
      1m 33s
  7. 14m 21s
    1. Improving color balance
      3m 9s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 56s
    3. Correcting color with white balance cards
      2m 2s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      3m 49s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 25s
  8. 31m 28s
    1. Deconstructing basic adjustments
      3m 35s
    2. Recovering highlights
      4m 21s
    3. Basic adjustments speed tip
      1m 46s
    4. Evening the tone on a portrait
      3m 45s
    5. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 33s
    6. Demystifying the Clarity slider
      3m 17s
    7. Increasing clarity
      2m 30s
    8. Understanding the Vibrance and Saturation sliders
      4m 3s
    9. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 50s
    10. Muting colors with Vibrance
      2m 48s
  9. 18m 54s
    1. Understanding the Tone Curve panel
      6m 23s
    2. Using the Parametric Curve adjustment
      2m 56s
    3. Using the Point Curve adjustment
      6m 46s
    4. Adding tone curves into a photographic workflow
      2m 49s
  10. 21m 43s
    1. Spot removal overview
      5m 35s
    2. Cloning away background distractions
      2m 58s
    3. Cleaning up a studio background
      4m 5s
    4. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 30s
    5. Removing dust on a lens or camera sensor
      3m 58s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 37s
  11. 1h 1m
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment brush
      5m 17s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      5m 8s
    3. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 37s
    4. Whitening teeth
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing makeup by adding color
      8m 57s
    6. Changing color and darkening the sky
      10m 18s
    7. Correcting color
      3m 32s
    8. Reducing color for emphasis
      4m 37s
    9. Selective sharpening
      2m 57s
    10. Workflow for sharpening eyes and smoothing skin
      11m 4s
  12. 13m 23s
    1. Using the graduated filter
      3m 15s
    2. Reducing exposure with the graduated filter
      2m 43s
    3. Enhancing foregrounds and backgrounds with the Graduated filter
      3m 11s
    4. Employing creative effects with the Graduated filter
      4m 14s
  13. 17m 37s
    1. Reducing noise
      3m 36s
    2. Reducing noise while sharpening an image
      3m 23s
    3. Previewing your sharpening
      3m 34s
    4. Sharpening a portrait
      3m 8s
    5. Sharpening architecture
      3m 56s
  14. 13m 51s
    1. Introducing the HSL controls
      5m 16s
    2. Modifying color and tone with the HSL controls
      3m 58s
    3. Reducing color with the HSL controls
      4m 37s
  15. 23m 49s
    1. The Black and White Controls
      2m 53s
    2. Simple black-and-white conversion
      3m 45s
    3. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 59s
    4. Reducing noise from a black-and-white landscape
      4m 26s
    5. Adding a black-and-white conversion into a workflow
      6m 46s
  16. 7m 14s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 47s
    2. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 27s
  17. 18m 1s
    1. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 52s
    2. Correcting a chromatic aberration
      2m 58s
    3. Adding a vignette project: Girl
      2m 3s
    4. Adding a vignette project: Antique sign
      4m 3s
    5. Adding a vignette into a photographic workflow
      7m 5s
  18. 6m 58s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      4m 17s
    2. Camera calibration resources
      2m 41s
  19. 13m 21s
    1. Creating a simple preset
      1m 56s
    2. Creating functional presets
      2m 46s
    3. Applying presets to multiple images
      2m 56s
    4. Working with presets
      2m 12s
    5. Presets resources
      3m 31s
  20. 10m 45s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 47s
    2. Recording an action
      2m 43s
    3. Batch-processing multiple photos
      1m 26s
    4. Modifying an action
      3m 49s
  21. 23m 14s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 43s
    2. Soft and warm color
      7m 54s
    3. Color and light
      5m 49s
    4. Edgy color and detail
      5m 48s
  22. 6m 36s
    1. More Camera Raw resources
      2m 23s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 13s
  23. 40s
    1. Goodbye

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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Camera Raw
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In Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Camera Raw, Chris Orwig enthusiastically explores a Photoshop plug-in that is a must-have for any serious photographer. By working on the digital negatives in Camera Raw, photographers have more creative control over their photos, and the original files remain intact. Chris demonstrates techniques for processing images by adjusting tone, contrast, highlights, and clarity. He also illustrates methods for sharpening images, controlling color saturation, and creating dynamic black-and-white images. With a detailed tour of the interface and control panels, Chris shows how Camera Raw is a one-of-a-kind creative resource. Exercise files accompany the course.

Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is a recommended prerequisite for this course.

Topics include:
  • Navigating the new CS4 interface
  • Processing images
  • Correcting exposure and tone
  • Enhancing color creatively
  • Creating dynamic black-and-white images
  • Sharpening images and reducing noise
  • Using the new Adjustment brush to make localized corrections
  • Using the new Graduated Filter tool
  • Learning Camera Raw shortcuts
Photoshop Camera Raw


(Music playing.) Welcome! My name is Chris Orwig and I'm a teacher and a photographer. I'm on the faculty of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California where we are right now. And I'm going to be your host and guide on this adventure, on this journey that we are going to take into learning how to use Camera Raw. There is something that's kind of interesting about travel and about exploration. Do you know what travel does for you? It teaches you something, it awakens your senses. Here's what happens. You are used to your surrounding environment, you are used to what you see, the people you see, the food you eat, then you travel, let's say to another country, and all of a sudden you taste new foods and you see new sites. That awakens, or enlivens your senses, and then you go home. And then back at home, there is something that you have seen before, you've seen it a hundred times, but it never was really interesting to you, but now your awareness of the object has been heightened and it has been increased and somehow traveling teaches you something really unique. And so what we're going to do in this training title is we're going to travel into the wonderful world of Camera Raw. And Camera Raw is kind of fascinating, because what we can do is we can process our images really without ever going to Photoshop. We'll learn how to correct the exposure and the tone and recover highlights. We'll look at increasing contrast or increasing clarity, working with color in regards to Vibrance and Saturation, we'll look at the tone curve. We're going to learn everything that we need to know about the interface. We'll learn some other things that are quite photographic, like converting to black and white. And converting to black and white is kind of interesting because one of my photographic colleagues was fond of saying, he said, you know, in photography a lot of times you need to reduce and simplify. Well, what happens when we remove or reduce color? Well, somehow we can add a bit more to our photographs. Like Ansel Adams used to say, paraphrasing here. He said I shoot in black and white, because if I shot in color, people would expect reality. I don't want to give them reality; I want to give them my experience and what I witnessed. That's one of the reasons why he used black and white. So we're going to look at how do we create compelling black and white photographs. In addition, we'll talk about how do we sharpen our images, how to reduce noise. And so we're going to get into all these different aspects of Camera Raw. So as you can tell, I'm pretty excited about Camera Raw and I hope you enjoy this training title and know this. It is a real distinct honor and privilege to partner with you in this training adventure.

So without further delay, let the adventure begin. Bye for now.

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