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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.
Here we're going to look at another way that we can paint in corrections to our photograph, and that is how we can paint in corrections into areas of shadows. If we double-click our Zoom Tool on this image, it will take us to 100%. Then press the Spacebar key and click and drag, so that we can see the face. Well, with this portrait what you can see is that there are these dark shadows here around the eyes. I want to brighten those up. So press the K key to select the Adjustment Brush. Next, because these are shadows, I'm going to work with my Shadows slider.
Here we'll click and drag this to the right. I also want to increase the Exposure just a touch. After having dialed in those settings, I'll go down and change my Brush Size. Here I need my brush to be quite a bit smaller. I'm also going to decrease my Flow. When you're working with light, you want to have a relatively low Flow, so you can slowly bring this amount up. Alright, well, I'm going to decrease my Brush Size even more, so I can really get into those shadows. What I'm looking to do here is to try to bring out those shadows, or brighten up those shadows.
What's great about this is that this control allows us just to target this little area of the tonal range of the image, and by doing that we can then correct this image in a pretty interesting way. Here you can see my Shadows slider. It allows me to bring up some of the detail there. So I'll just find the right spot for that. I'm also going to decrease a little bit of the Contrast as well. Next we'll press the V key to hide the visibility of our pin, because that's obviously distracting. Then we'll press the P key to look at that before, and then here, the after, and by panting this adjustment in what you can see is we're bringing in this brightening effect into the eyes, which helps draw the viewer in to this part of our picture.
Again, after having increased my Exposure a little bit more, here it is, our before and then after. Now because this area of the forehead is really bright, it's kind of competing for the way that the eye is looking at the image, because we're attracted to focus and also brightness. So I want to darken that. We'll click on New and then here I'll go ahead and go to my Highlights, and click on the Minus icon. I want to decrease those Highlights and then with these same settings, I'm just going to paint over this area here, and by doing this you notice that if I paint over an area which isn't highlights, well it's not going to really do that much, because it's just working on those brighter tones.
So I'm just kind of tapping down these highlights a little bit. We can control that more or less, by using this slider here, and again it's just going to subtly bring that down and it'll also bring my exposure down just a little bit. Next, we can click on our Preview icon and you can see how we're redirecting the way that someone is going look at this image. There it is, our before and then here, our after.
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