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There might be times when you would like to apply features that appear in camera raw to a Photoshop file. Perhaps, you have already composite an image together and you simply want to run upright to straight one of the layers or may be you need to add some clarity to the layer, so that matches the others. Whatever the reason it's as easy as selecting the layer and then making a smart object and adding Camera Raw as a smart filter. Whatever the reason we'll take a look at the filter now. I'm going to right mouse click on Windows or Control or Command-click on Mac to access the context-sensitive menus here in bridge, and then place this into Photoshop, so that it comes in as a smart object.
Then under the Filter menu, you can see that we have the Camera RAW Filter. Now many of the tools are the same here. You might notice a few are missing. For example, the crop ability is removed from Camera RAW's filter. But that's really because you wouldn't need it at this point. So before we make any changes we might want to just toggle off our, shadow an clipping highlights there to remove those, red and blue previews. An then I'm going to increase, my clarity just a little bit.
Clarity is going to add a little bit of contrast along edges in my mid-tone. An it's going to make the image appear as if it is a little bit sharper. I'm also going to take down my highlights a little bit. And let's zoom into this area right here. You can see that there's two birds there that are sort of out of focus and so they're kind of distracting. And then I will select my Spot Removal tool. I've got it set to Heal. An I can either click with this tool or I can click an drag. I'm going to use my right bracket key to get a little bit bigger of a brush, and then I will click an drag over this first spot.
An you can see that Camera Raw automatically selects an area to heal from. An I'll do the same thing over here, over the second bird. Just clicking an dragging. And then we can zoom back out using Cmd+0 in order to fit in window. And as soon as I select another tool, or if I tap the V key, I can hide and show the overlay. See the option for that down here in the right. When I click OK, we can see that this Camera Raw filter has been added as a Smart Filter. Obviously if you're starting with a raw file, and you can make these changes earlier in your workflow, you're going to be better off, but we don't always have the luxury of starting with a raw file.
Sometimes you'll want to go back and change our legacy files. Or sometimes we just want to make a quick change without going back and getting that original source file. Camera Raw as a filter, very convenient feature in Photoshop.
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