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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
In this exercise I'm going to introduce you to the Camera Raw Interface, tour you around a little bit. I want you to understand how it works so you feel comfortable inside the Interface after all. Now it's not terribly intricate but there is an awful lot going on inside of this utility and you know what continues to amaze me is that where image correction is concerned, it's every bit is powerful as Adobe Lightroom which is a standalone product that you have to pay in money for. Of course, you have to pay money for Photoshop too, more money than that, to get Photoshop but Camera Raw is free people and it's just an amazing outstanding wonderful program as you are about to learn.
All right, make sure that you have selected Heart art_01 through 04.dng from photographer and fellow lynda.com trainer, Chris Orwig and then press Ctrl+R or Command+R on the Mac or if you want to open it inside Photoshop that's fine too, you can do whatever you want. I don't care. Next, this is what I'm going to do, don't know about you. But you see this little toggle right there, this icon, it will take you to the Full Screen Mode and you can get to it as well by pressing F for Full Screen or perhaps for fantastic because it allows you to focus in on the image which is great because the image takes up a lot of room on screen, here it is inside of the Image Preview, here inside Camera Raw and this Image Preview is every bit as accurate as the one inside the Photoshop. You are just looking at the image.
So you can Click inside the image to zoom in on it, assuming that the default tool is active which is the Zoom tool up here in the toolbar, lots of tools to select from, as you can see. Not all of them are tools. These four right here aren't tools, they are just icons. But mostly, we've got tools, which are things that you select and do stuff with inside of the image here. So you Click to zoom in. You can Alt+ Click or Option+Click to zoom out. This is all familiar from Photoshop, you Spacebar+Drag in order to move the image around. If something gets sticky here on the PC and you find yourself unable to Spacebar+Drag, while then you just Click inside one of these values and then Spacebar+Drag. That should take care of your problem.
You also have the ability to press Ctrl+ 0 or Command+0 to fit the image in the window or get this crazy thing. It's Ctrl+Alt+0, Command+Option+0 in order to zoom into 100%. Now that's the old keyboard shortcut from Photoshop CS3, they have left it in here because Ctrl+1, you will notice what's the thumbnail over here, it will give you a one star rating, Ctrl+2 will give you a two star rating and so on. So I'm going to go ahead and Click off to have no star ratings whatsoever associated with this image. Let's go out, Ctrl+0, Command+0 on the Mac. Told you about the toolbar. You've got this Preview checkbox right there that will preview whatever settings you have applied over here in the correction area.
These various connection panels. And you are only going to turn on and off, that is do a before and after of the settings in this one panel. So it is a panel specific preview. The settings from all other panels will remain intact, regardless of what you do with the Preview setting and you can turn that on and off by pressing the P key if you like. P as in Preview. Over here we have our filmstrip, which is going to show us thumbnails of all the images that I have opened in Camera Raw and you can indeed have multiple images open in Camera Raw and edit multiple images at once. Oh! My Goodness, you can't even do that in Photoshop. If you want to see the thumbnails great! There they are, you can see them.
If you want to make them bigger, see this vertical bar right there, and it has got a little sort of scratchy thing on it. Drag over to the right to make the thumbnails bigger at the expense of course of the image itself, drag it over to the left to make the thumbnails smaller and if you drag far enough, you will go ahead and collapse those thumbnails like so. Another way to expand and collapse the thumbnail is to Double-Click on that vertical bar. That also does the trick. All right, I want to keep the thumbnails up and I want to make them narrower like so, and that looks pretty good to me.
I told you about these panels over here. This is where you perform all of the image correction. You have got a histogram up at the top which shows you all three histograms, the histogram for the Red channel, the Green channel and the Blue channel, all colorized, overlapping each other. And then finally down here at the bottom, you are going to see the name of the camera that was used to shoot the image. You are going to see some other information about the image over here, the Aperture, the Exposure, the ISO and so on. And then finally down here at the bottom, you have Output options so that you can determine how you are going to open the image inside of Photoshop and we are going to explore all of this stuff in rich and earnest detail folks, believe you me.
But that's it for now, that's your overview. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you how to adjust White Balance. Stay tuned.
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