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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
Let's take a look at how we can use the Split Toning Controls in order to modify the color of two different color photographs. We'll start off with this image here. Let's go ahead and jump straight to the Split Toning Panels. In the Split Toning Panels, one of the things that we've discovered is that we can have a low saturation amount and than we can select a color. Yet, sometimes when you try to select the color when you have low saturation, it's hard to really pick the color, because you can barely see it. Well, one way to see that more clearly is to hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on Windows and then to click on the slider.
When you do that, it then takes this value to 100% and here you can see it's completely saturated. In this case, I want to add a little bit of a yellow effect into the highlights. So go ahead and find that yellow, then let go of Option or Alt, that will then take it back to that saturation level of 10. Next, in regards to the shadows, I'll bring this over to my blues here, hold down Option or Alt, so I can find just the right blue, one that isn't very purple, and so I'll try to find a nice blue there and then I'll click-and-drag my Saturation Slider up a little bit.
Well, now that I've made these subtle adjustments, I'll go back to the Basic Panel. In the Basic Panel, I'm going to bring up my clarity just a little bit here. Also, bring up some Vibrance, and a touch of saturation, and then I'll change my color temperature. I'm just going to warm this image up overall. By making these adjustments, you can see that this image now takes on a different kind of a feel, it looks like perhaps a fashion image that you would see in an editorial magazine. If we click on one of our last tabs over here Snapshots or Presets, we can see our overall before and after.
Here's before and then click again, and here's after. If I zoom in a little bit more, so you can see more of the details of the photograph, sorry I was zoomed out so far; here is again that before and after. These adjustments here aren't huge, but they do help create a little bit different of a mood or feeling. Okay, well let's take a look at another example, but this time, let's apply the similar effect, but do so in a way that's stronger. So here, we'll click on this other image. This is a photograph of Jeff Lipsky, a good friend, and an amazing photographer.
Here, what I want to do is start off in the Basic Panel and I'm going to go ahead and remove some of the color here by decreasing my Vibrance and Saturation. So I'm just going to get rid of some of the color that I have in the picture. Next, I'll increase the clarity, I'm also going to work on my overall contrast, modify the blacks, and my shadows, decrease my highlights. I'm just kind of stepping through these different controls to create a different aesthetic here. Here's our before and after. It's really kind of a muted color palette. Well, now that I've muted or subdued the other colors or the image and the contrast a little bit here, I'm going to then go to my Split Toning panels.
Once again, I'll select yellow by holding down Option or Alt, and I'll bring in some of this yellow. Then, I'll go to my blues, holding down Option or Alt, try to find a nice blue and then I'll crank up this blue amount here, and really bring up a lot of this color into the image. Well, now that we've brought in all of this yellow and blue here into the photograph, I'll then go back to the Basic Panel. Here in the Basic Panel, I'm going to modify this even further, bringing my blacks down, also bring in my Exposure up and by working with these different controls, you can see that in this case, we created this different color palette completely.
It's almost like a creative way to process an image. It looks like we used a filter or a special effect in Photoshop. If we press the P key here, you can see, here's the before or after with or without the Basic Panel adjustments, and then if we click on one of our last tabs, we can see that overall before, and then after. And again, I'll zoom in a little bit more, so you can see some of those details; here it is, the before and the after.
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