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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 take a look at how we can work with the edges, or the corners, of our image. I want to take a look at how we can do that in a couple of different ways. We're going to ahead and skip over one of these tabs, which is Split Toning because we don't want to apply that affect to this image; rather, we're going to go to Lens Corrections. Lens Corrections, we can use in order to make some enhancements or corrections of photograph, or to add some creative vignettes to it. You'll notice we have this Lens Vignetting control. If I go and click and drag to the left, you are going to notice primarily down here becomes darker, also a little bit up top becomes darker.
But it's not a one-to-one connection because we've cropped the image. We can also brighten up these edges if we want to bring in a little bit more light to that area of the image. Now in this case I do want to bring in just a touch of light there, just kind of brightening up the lower portion, also the upper portion of the image. So I am going to go ahead and modify this by adding a little bit of brightening effect to the edge of the image. All right. Well how else can we work with the edges? We can also click on this fx tab. And here we have some options for Post Crop Vignetting.
In Post Crop Vignetting we can now work with those edges in a way that really relates to the way we crop the image. For example, let me go ahead and brighten this just so we can see what it looks like. Here I can modify my Midpoint, one way or another. I can also change the overall Roundness or not of this adjustment. And we can change the Feather amount here too. And you can see the as I have a different Feather amount, it's going to then in turn change the way that this edge is actually looking. Now you're going to, of course, have to use all of these controls together in order to come up with a particular edge effect that you actually like.
Also I should point out that you can either brighten, or of course darken, the edges depending on what you're interested in doing in regards to your overall effect. Now a lot of times what you might do is perhaps have a little bit more of a diffused effect here, and then I'll go ahead and do this, and then I'll modify my amount so it's not so drastic, just simply a subtle darkening around the edges in order to keep the viewer's eye focused in on the center of the frame. And in this case, and I'm just going to do this a little bit lower here just to have a nice, subtle vignetting effect.
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