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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie, we are going to learn about the essentials of one of the most exciting new features in Camera Raw and it's called the Adjustment brush. We are going to be working on this file corwig_wedding.CR2. Go ahead and open that one up in Camera Raw. Press command on a Mac/Ctrl+R on a PC. Next double click the Zoom tool to take this image to 100%, press the Spacebar tool and then reposition the image so that you can evaluate it. We are going to put this image over to the left. Now, I like this portrait, I think, its great expression, great old moment, except there is a little bit too much darkness around the eyes.
So, I want to correct that. And I want to do that with the Adjustment brush, select the Adjustment brush by pressing the K key. Write that one down; it's an important one. Because this is one of those tools you are going to be using quite often or click on it from the toolbox up above. Now, the first thing you will notice, you have a new set of controls. You can modify everything from Exposure, Brightness all the way down to Color and then down below you have your Brush Settings. Now, let's take a look at some of the essentials here and how does this work? I'll increase my size and my feather a little bit, hover over the image. Now, you will see, I have two concentric circles. Now, we have the inner circle and the inner circle has to do with the overall brush size and there we can see that overall brush size, it's a nice small circle. Now, we have that outer circle and that outer circle has to do with the overall feather or the transition of the brush, how the inner size transitions out to that outer circle.
Now, you can change your size and feather a couple of different ways, bracket keys, left bracket, makes smaller, right bracket makes larger. You can then hold on the Shift key and you can change your overall Feather amount less or more, as well with those bracket keys. Hold down the Shift+Left Bracket, less feather, Shift+Right Bracket, feather, more feather. Okay, kind of interesting. So, let's go ahead and decrease our Brush Size here a little bit and decrease the Feather as well. Now, what's the Flow about? Well Flow has to do with how quickly the adjustment is built up, I'll increase the Density for a minute to 100 and I'll make a brush stroke. Well, that's a pretty intensive adjustment but then when I keep going back and forth over, you can see that I'm building it up to make it even more intense, so I can progressively build this up more and more.
Right now, I'm increasing my Exposure; you can see I'm increasing my Exposure pretty significantly. I'll click Clear All to undo that and then decrease my exposure just a little bit here, so it's about one. This will illustrate it even better. I click once and I have a little bit of increased Exposure. Again, click and drag, click and drag, click and drag, slowly build that up. Now, how quickly that adjustment is build up has to do with Flow. Increase the flow amount to 70, one brush stroke, wow! Another one, okay, I'm almost done, right. I have increased it all the way. So, again this is how quickly the adjustment takes place. Click Clear All, undo that, bring that down to about 20.
Now, what's the Density about? Well, Density is interesting. First let's look at density at 100 and I build it all the way up and it goes all the way up to full intensity. I like to think of Density as intensity, I'll bring this down to say 40 and I'll click and drag and paint and click and drag and paint and keep going back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Well, I can only build this up to whatever the Density amount or overall Intensity amount has been set with this particular slider. So, I think of this one as controlling the overall amounts of the effect. All right, well let's go ahead and click clear all. So, we now know a few things about the essential settings for this tool. Let's go ahead and correct this image and let's do that in the next movie.
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