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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 begin to talk about some of the essential features of the Camera Raw interface, as well as some of the essential controls. We will be working on this file, gray scale.JPEG. You can find it inside of the 11_camera_raw folder, subfolder Resources. Now to keep things simple, let's simply click on this icon here to open this up in Camera Raw. Now the first thing that you want to do when you open up a file inside of Camera Raw is go to Full Screen View mode. We are going to do that by clicking on this icon here. Now what that will do for me is it will help me really focus in on Camera Raw. I don't want to think about Bridge, I don't want to think about Photoshop, I want to focus in on Camera Raw, right? Because that's the task at hand.
All right, how do we de-construct the interface a little bit? Well, for starters you will notice that we have a toolbox at top. You will notice that we have some similar tools that we have seen before, like the Zoom tool and the Hand tool. Now if I double-click the Hand tool, what will it do> Well, it fits in view. If I double-click the Zoom tool, it takes my zoom to what? 100%, we can see that there and I can zoom out this way as well. I can click on the image to zoom in and then double-click that Hand tool. Takes it to that fit in view, it gives the largest view where I'm not cropping any part off of the image. We have a hand full of different tools here. Now these tools can be used for rotation, you can see here. We can also access our Camera Raw Preferences.
We can do some re-touching, some cropping, straightening, sampling, color, really interesting things that we can do there. All right, next we have this little Preview button. Now this Preview button may not seen that important, but it's actually pretty important. Here's why. Let's say we go down to our basic adjustments. You can see I'm on Basic right there, and I'll modify the color temperature. I'll make this one a little bit warmer, but I'm not sure if I like that. How can I see the before, before I modify that? Well, click on this Preview option. There is our before, and there is our after. Okay great, so now I have the ability to see both of those options, so again, it's often overlooked, yet it's a pretty important one. You can also access that by pressing the P key.
Jumping down to some of our essential sliders. The first group of sliders we are going to look at have to do with our color, temperature, or our white balance. I have already mentioned that I have increased the warmth, and we can see there that, drag it this way, it goes yellow or warm, this way it goes cool or blue, double-click to reset. Tint, it is going to go between green and magenta. All right, that will become more relevant as we start to actually work on a photograph of a person, but let's go down to these sliders. These have to do with our overall tonality of the image. You can see that I have a gray scale here, and my Shadow's 3/4 tones are right here, midtones are right here, 1/4 tones, and then Highlights. How do all these sliders affect the different areas of our image? Well, the Exposure slider increases it, it just brighten everything out. It almost hammers everything, right? Really drastic, go the other way, gosh! It darkens everything up. So you can think of the Exposure slider as a pretty strong slider. That probably means you need to be pretty delicate with that slider, because you can cause some problems there.
Now the Recovery slider, that is much more delicate. When I increase this, you will notice that my Highlights, that's the only area that is affected. Now if I increase the Exposure even further, and then bring my Highlights down, or my Recovery slider down, let me go even further here, you can see, as I increase the Recovery slider, it is going to be even a little bit more dramatic as far its reach, because it's pulling into these brighter tones. So again it's going to depend on your overall tonality. If you have a pretty good tonality, you just have some Highlights that are blown out, crank up that Recovery slider, can bring some of the Highlight detail back, in this Recovery slider, ah, it's amazing. I can't tell you how many images that slider has saved. All right, double-click to reset.
Now Fill Light, what's that going to work on? Well, 3/4 tones, right? So when I increase that, you can see that it's brightening up these tones here, its reset that one Black. I want to just darken my shadows, and it's like the shadows are traveling from left to right. One of the things I have noticed, is when I increase the Fill Light which pushes some light into the Shadow area, I also need to bring up my Blacks, and these two sliders tend to travel together. I almost like to think of these two sliders as being tethered. If you increase the Fill Light a lot, and you are not increasing the Blacks at all, your image will just look weird, it will look strange, it won't look correct. So make sure to make those adjustments in unison.
Now Brightness. While Fill Light deal with 3/4 tones, Brightness is going to be up here in these 1/4 tones, Highlights and Midtones, right? So it's just going to brighten up all those tones there, interesting. What's all Contrast deal about? Well, increased in one way, it's going to increase the whites and increase the blacks. The other way, do the exact opposite, decrease white, decrease blacks, so just basic Contrast. All right, that wraps up our initial conversation about the Camera Raw interface, some of the essential controls. There is only one more thing that I want to point out here, the only thing that I want to point out is you will notice there are these different icons here. Now when you click on an icon, you will get a different set of controls. In this case the controls for Tone Curve, or for Detail, Sharpening and Noise Reduction, or for HSL Gray Scale, Split Toning, or Lens Correction. So keep that in mind that you can access different aspects or the different controls inside a Camera Raw by clicking on these icons. All right, we've had enough talk about Camera Raw, enough talk about the controls. Let's actually begin to work on our images and we will do that in the next movie. I'll see you then.
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