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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.
Here I want to take a look at a little bit of an off-the-wall way to begin to modify and change color. What I want to do is reduce or remove color and then add some color back in. I want to do this just as a way to begin to experiment with color. Well the first thing that I want to do is dial in my Exposure. So I am going to go ahead and just lower the Exposure a little bit, add some Fill Light, little bit brighter in the background there, then increase the Contrast just a touch, Clarity a little bit as well, and just try to find a nice, good, even mix. Next step is going to be to press the K key in order to select the Adjustment Brush.
Well what we want to do is click on the minus sign for Saturation in order to take us to the preset for Saturation again. We'll click on the minus sign again to lower that even further, until we have -100. Next we want a brush with a high Flow, pretty big brush size, so a giant brush here. We're just going to go ahead and paint across the image, and as we do that, we will remove all the color from the photograph. Well now that we've done that, what I want to do is bring some of the color back. Well let's click on the Erase option here, make our brush smaller, and then what we can do is go ahead and erase, or paint away, that Desaturation, say down here, on this graphic on the T-shirt.
So I'll go ahead and do that. Now if I make a mistake, as I have done so here, you can see I brought in some of the background, no big deal. Go back to Add, and then we'll go ahead and make our brush a little bit smaller by pressing the left bracket key and then paint away, so we don't see the color background. All right, so now we have a little bit of the original color here on the shirt. We are going to bring that out more in a second. But first, let's work on the eyes. Go ahead and zoom in on the face here, and I'm going to go to my Erase brush, left bracket key, make that a little smaller. I'm just going to erase that away over here, bringing back in some of that original color that was once there in those eyes. All right.
Well if I want to take that further, press the N key for a new adjustment. Next thing that we could do here is, let's say, go ahead and increase our Saturation and maybe add a little color to eyes. How about some green? Click OK, and then I'll go ahead and just paint in some color into this area of the photograph. We can also work on the Exposure, so we could brighten up the eyes, we could change the way that looks. Let's zoom out a little bit, and yes this is a little off-the-wall and surreal. But we're having some fun here. Let's press the N key again for a new adjustment. This time I will go ahead and choose a blue, and I am going to paint over this area of the T-shirt here.
I want to add some blue to this part of the image. I am just going to paint over this. And if ever I go too far or make a mistake, I can always remove this color by pressing the Erase button, or hold down the Option key and then painting over the areas where I painted in a little bit too much, or here we can also bring in Contrast. That's going to really help out. To make that a little bit more interesting, we can dial in our Exposure down there as well, maybe a little bit of Clarity. If we don't like the color, we'll click on your color chip, and you can always reduce the colors.
You have a little bit less of it, maybe just a subtle color shift there and click OK. Well, how else can we work with Color? We could press the G key to select our Graduated Filter. Here what we could do is select a color say, maybe bright red or orange and click OK. Next, go ahead and click and drag on the background over there, and as I do that, you can see I'm starting to add color to the background. I'll brighten that up a little bit, so we can see the color, a touch more, lower the Contrast as well, and Clarity. And then keep that Color Saturation down, and I'll click and drag on this side as well.
So again, here I just have some different color combinations, simply just clicking and dragging and adding a little bit of color in a couple of areas in the photograph. It can help us lead to some pretty interesting results as we do that, again, adding a little bit down below on the right and the left. So a lot of times what will happen is I'll get to a place where I look at an image like this, and I say, you know what, this isn't how I want to process the image. This is isn't very good. Well no big deal. All we need to do is simply click Cancel. Yet along the way, I've learned some really valuable lessons about working with some of these different tools inside of Camera Raw.
So sometimes, what I think you need to do is simply have some fun with your photographs, come up with some interesting color combinations because you never know what you might learn along the way.
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