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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can use the Adjustment Brush in order to make some Tone and Enhancement adjustments to this particular image. Let's press the K key in order to select the Adjustment Brush. And then the next thing that we're going to do is zoom in on this photograph, and this beautiful photograph was contributed by photographer Kevin Thomas. Kevin, thanks a ton for contributing this one, beautiful shot! Let's say that what I want to do is first work on the makeup. So with the Adjustment Brush selected I want to make sure Auto Mask is turned on.
So I'm going to click on this check box or press the M key. I also want to make sure that Show Mask is turned off. That's going to be too distracting here, so I'm going to click that off. Then I also find these Pins distracting, so let's click off this check box as well. Next up, what we want to do is add some color, so I'm going to click in the Color chip. In this case I want to add a nice bright vivid color here, and this color is going to be too saturated. Yet it will be helpful for demo purposes because we can see what it looks like, and then see how we can make it even better.
Okay, well let's click OK here. In regards to our brush, we want a real low Feather, real low Flow, both of those pretty low. And we'll go ahead and hover over the image, and we simply want to make sure the Crosshairs cover the area that we want to work on. So in this case I'm just painting over this area of the photograph, bringing in this new color here, and I'll do so on the other eye as well. The nice thing about doing this is it's really just bringing it in just to that area where I want it. If ever we make a mistake, we know how to correct that, right? All we need to do is hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, and then we can go ahead and click and paint to paint this away in a few little areas there, and just another little area I need to fix up right there.
Well, so far so good. We now have this new makeup color. It's a little bit over-saturated. We can change that or soften it up a bit by clicking on this Color chip, and in the Color Picker all that we need to do is to lower the Saturation. Now, once we do that we can see we have a much more believable and perhaps more interesting color. We can of course choose different colors as well, and we can crank those up in regards to their saturation, or we can bring them back down. In my case, I just want a little subtle color enhancement. I'll click OK.
Then I'll press the P key. That's the shortcut to show the before and then now the after. All right! Well I better saturate that a bit more so you can actually see it. Let me leave it a little higher. Click OK here. Press the P key. There we have it, before and after. All right! Well, what else could we do with color? Let's create a new adjustment. Press the N key. Well, with these exact same settings, except with more Feather and a little bit larger brush size and a little bit less Flow, let's go ahead and paint across the cheeks here.
All that I want to do is just bring a little bit of tone here into the cheeks. I want to liven this up a little bit and make it look a little bit more healthy. As I do that, we can see that I'm just bringing in this nice amount of color here. Now, if ever we have too much color, as you know, pull down the Option key or the Alt key and just paint it away. And it's kind of a nice way to kind of begin to work on the area that you're going to be affecting. Next, if we want a different shade or different color, click on your Color Picker. Here we can choose a different color, perhaps something a little bit more red.
Click OK, and now here we have it, our before and then our after, working with some color on the cheeks. Now we could do the same thing with the lips except the lips are pretty bright. So rather than Color, let's work on Density. Press the N key for a new adjustment. Let's drag our Exposure down, Contrast up a bit. Then what I'm going to do is make my brush nice and small here and just paint across this area of the photograph, and just working on those lips, and I'm adding a little bit of a Hue.
And in my case I'm not really liking the Hue shift there, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn that off by clicking on the Color chip. Next, I'll choose white. That means no color and here I'll click OK. Well, now at this juncture because Auto Mask is turned on, my brush strokes aren't very good. So I'm going to turn Auto Mask off, and really even that out. Now in other words what was happening is I was trying to make a selection of little areas in between the lips, and it just looked a little bit unnatural.
So, in this case it's going to be better without Auto Mask, and here I'm going to just darken up the lips a touch there, try to find a nice spot for them, a little bit more Contrast. Now that I've done that, perhaps a touch of Brightness to even that out a little bit. Click on our Preview button. Here we have it, before and then after. Working on the lips, also the eye color, the cheek color, and now that I look at the lips I'm thinking you know what? That was too dark. Let's see here. Perhaps something a little bit more subtle, and perhaps even a little bit of color in there.
So let's see if we can bring in some color into those lips. I'll go ahead and check to see if I can find a color that might work here. All right! That's looking nice. We'll click OK. I'll press the P key. Here we have our before, press the P key again, and now we have our after. Now, of course the amount of the color shift that I've created here is a little bit over the top, yet I have done that so that you can see the actual change. Now, if ever you want to go back and modify this so it's a little bit more subtle and a little bit more interesting, we'll press the V key.
That will then show the Pins, then simply click on one of these Pins and then go back to the Color Picker here. In this case, we can lower the Saturation. And I'll just do this all the way around here to do something that would be just a touch more realistic, and then lower that one down as well. Click OK. Press the V key again to hide those and then look at my before and after one more time. I can do so. There is that before, and now there is that after, subtle yet significant color enhancements.
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