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Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can put together these different pieces of Adobe Camera Raw in order to walk through perhaps a typical workflow on an image. We're going to be working on this file jeff_johnson.dng. So let's go ahead and press Command+R on a Mac or Ctrl+R on a PC. Jeff Johnson is an amazing photographer, writer, climber, skateboarder, surfer, just an all around fascinating guy. Here we have this portrait of him. What I want to do is I want to improve this portrait. So the first thing that I'm going to do is navigate to my Basic panel.
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  1. 4m 16s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
    3. Photography and Photoshop
      1m 17s
  2. 27m 21s
    1. Becoming a successful student of Photoshop
      1m 1s
    2. Strategies for success
      2m 9s
    3. Taking visual snapshots
      3m 32s
    4. The importance of the 30-minute blink
      2m 38s
    5. Isolation
      5m 41s
    6. Creative memorization
      2m 59s
    7. Say it out loud
      4m 9s
    8. Be prepared for surprises
      1m 17s
    9. Why Photoshop CS5?
      3m 55s
  3. 20m 8s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      2m 51s
    2. Introducing the Bridge workspace
      2m 57s
    3. Using Bridge to review and evaluate photographs
      4m 12s
    4. Working with Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 56s
    5. Introducing Mini Bridge
      3m 49s
    6. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 23s
  4. 25m 52s
    1. Choosing your color settings
      2m 35s
    2. HUD color picker preferences
      2m 44s
    3. Image interpolation preferences
      3m 52s
    4. Zoom preferences
      1m 47s
    5. Interface preferences
      3m 3s
    6. File-handling preferences
      2m 59s
    7. Performance preferences
      2m 28s
    8. Cursor preferences
      2m 59s
    9. Guides and type preview preferences
      3m 25s
  5. 23m 46s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 53s
    2. Two simple steps for more accurate color
      5m 34s
    3. Opening and saving files with embedded profiles
      4m 28s
    4. Why color settings and monitor calibration matter
      5m 18s
    5. Creative tip: Setting up your studio
      1m 59s
    6. Monitor calibration
      1m 46s
    7. Color management resources
      1m 48s
  6. 35m 9s
    1. Introducing the Tools panel
      1m 27s
    2. Working with the Tools panel
      4m 36s
    3. Viewing and arranging documents
      4m 29s
    4. Combining multiple images
      4m 15s
    5. Closing multiple images
      2m 17s
    6. Working with panels
      3m 50s
    7. Customizing your workspace
      4m 14s
    8. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      4m 49s
    9. Working with the Application bar and Full Screen view
      4m 3s
    10. Working with a Wacom tablet
      1m 9s
  7. 22m 54s
    1. Bit depth 101
      5m 29s
    2. Introducing image size
      3m 26s
    3. Resizing images
      6m 50s
    4. Resizing by cropping
      2m 33s
    5. Straightening an image
      2m 22s
    6. Creative tip: Sizing images correctly
      2m 14s
  8. 33m 49s
    1. Introducing the Camera Raw preferences
      3m 33s
    2. Opening images in Camera Raw
      3m 48s
    3. Using the basic Camera Raw controls
      3m 20s
    4. Color correction and white balance
      3m 7s
    5. Processing multiple images
      2m 21s
    6. Crop and compose
      4m 31s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    8. Camera raw workflow
      7m 36s
    9. Saving images from Adobe Camera Raw
      3m 7s
  9. 38m 9s
    1. Introducing transparency
      1m 29s
    2. Introducing layers
      2m 58s
    3. Working with layers
      3m 49s
    4. Aligning layers
      2m 8s
    5. Creating new layers
      4m 18s
    6. Organizing layers
      3m 34s
    7. Layer style effects
      6m 18s
    8. Creating a clipping mask
      3m 0s
    9. Targeting and moving layers
      4m 10s
    10. Layers shortcuts
      6m 25s
  10. 44m 59s
    1. Using the Magic Wand
      4m 43s
    2. Using the Quick Select tool to remove a background
      2m 16s
    3. Using the Quick Select tool for creative color effects
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Marquee Selection tool
      2m 55s
    5. Using the Magnetic Lasso tool
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Polygonal Lasso tool
      3m 28s
    7. Making color range selections
      3m 35s
    8. Using Refine Edge to improve selections
      3m 17s
    9. Using Refine Edge with a color range
      4m 21s
    10. Introducing paths
      3m 43s
    11. Creating a path selection
      4m 24s
    12. Using a path selection to improve color
      6m 48s
  11. 42m 31s
    1. Introducing masking
      1m 13s
    2. Deconstructing how masking works
      6m 56s
    3. Masking defined
      1m 51s
    4. Refining masked edges
      5m 58s
    5. Building a mask based on color
      6m 11s
    6. Changing a color using a mask
      3m 54s
    7. Masking and selective sharpening
      5m 53s
    8. Using the Mask panel controls
      4m 7s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      6m 28s
  12. 15m 8s
    1. Creating a custom border using masking
      6m 10s
    2. Using pre-built borders
      4m 21s
    3. Exploring sample image frames
      4m 37s
  13. 21m 40s
    1. Introducing the Adjustments panel
      4m 50s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation and the Target Adjustment tool
      4m 29s
    3. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      4m 46s
    4. Working with vibrance and saturation
      3m 31s
    5. Working with adjustment layer presets
      4m 4s
  14. 27m 10s
    1. Introducing levels
      3m 29s
    2. Enhancing color and tone with levels
      6m 32s
    3. Modifying color and contrast with levels
      6m 15s
    4. Using levels to make subjective color shifts
      5m 11s
    5. Using levels and masking
      3m 5s
    6. Creative tip: Checking in
      2m 38s
  15. 34m 14s
    1. Introducing the Curves dialog box
      2m 53s
    2. Demystifying curves
      5m 45s
    3. Using curves to modify color, contrast, and tone
      2m 58s
    4. Combining selections and masking with curves
      3m 6s
    5. Creating hand-painted masks
      4m 27s
    6. Enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks
      6m 23s
    7. Using curves to enhance color
      4m 24s
    8. Using multiple curves adjustments
      1m 41s
    9. Using, modifying, and saving curves presets
      2m 37s
  16. 23m 5s
    1. Creative tip: Blending two elements
      58s
    2. Introducing blending modes
      2m 26s
    3. Blending modes visualized
      4m 40s
    4. Blending multiple images together
      4m 34s
    5. Using blending modes to remove white or black
      1m 53s
    6. Improving overexposure using blending
      1m 36s
    7. Improving underexposure using blending
      4m 8s
    8. Blending shortcuts
      2m 50s
  17. 16m 40s
    1. Correcting color with the eyedroppers
      4m 58s
    2. Correcting color and tone with the eyedroppers
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting color with Camera Raw
      1m 58s
    4. Camera Raw color correction with a color chart
      1m 52s
    5. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      3m 38s
  18. 27m 27s
    1. Replacing color
      2m 9s
    2. Replacing color with Hue/Saturation
      5m 12s
    3. Modifying color with Selective Color
      3m 40s
    4. Modifying multiple colors with Selective Color
      3m 5s
    5. Creating dramatic sunset colors
      2m 59s
    6. Using Color Balance to improve sunrise colors
      1m 13s
    7. Using Color Balance, selections, and masks together
      4m 57s
    8. Improving a family portrait with Color Balance
      2m 35s
    9. Creative tip: Shoot more
      1m 37s
  19. 31m 12s
    1. Creative tip: The digital darkroom
      1m 20s
    2. Introducing the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 22s
    3. Using the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 31s
    4. Enhancing dimension with the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 58s
    5. Improving tone with the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 12s
    6. Using Soft Light for burning and dodging
      5m 58s
    7. Darkening with the Soft Light blending mode
      5m 39s
    8. Adding contrast to the highlights
      4m 12s
  20. 15m 1s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      4m 9s
    2. Converting a portrait to black-and-white
      4m 22s
    3. Converting a landscape to black-and-white
      2m 18s
    4. Adding grain and tone to a black-and-white image
      2m 39s
    5. Creative tip: Seeing beyond color
      1m 33s
  21. 11m 2s
    1. Adding lens flare
      3m 34s
    2. Adding film grain
      1m 47s
    3. Introducing Smart Filters
      1m 44s
    4. Applying Smart Filters
      3m 57s
  22. 10m 17s
    1. Reducing noise with Surface Blur
      4m 25s
    2. Using the Noise Reduction filter
      2m 56s
    3. Advanced noise reduction using channels
      2m 56s
  23. 45m 18s
    1. Using the Dust and Scratches filter
      3m 8s
    2. Removing dust and scratches with masking
      2m 44s
    3. Introducing the trio of healing tools
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Healing and Clone Stamp tools
      3m 26s
    5. Healing along edges and areas of contrast
      2m 8s
    6. Healing and patching
      5m 19s
    7. Using Content-Aware Fill
      4m 27s
    8. Using multiple content-aware tools for the best results
      4m 19s
    9. Making multiple selections with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 18s
    10. Deleting unwanted elements
      3m 59s
    11. Removing a garment strap with spot healing
      1m 46s
    12. Cleaning up an image with spot healing, cloning, and healing
      6m 14s
  24. 48m 59s
    1. Creative tip: Leaving crumbs
      1m 18s
    2. Whitening teeth
      2m 8s
    3. Improving eyes
      3m 24s
    4. Changing eye color
      2m 48s
    5. Enhancing makeup
      5m 33s
    6. Removing blemishes
      2m 20s
    7. Softening skin
      7m 0s
    8. Reducing shadows around eyes
      5m 32s
    9. Reducing and removing wrinkles around eyes
      6m 43s
    10. Improving highlights and shadows
      5m 6s
    11. Changing body size and shape with Liquify
      3m 50s
    12. Modifying the body with Puppet Warp
      3m 17s
  25. 23m 19s
    1. Using the Lens Correction filter
      5m 16s
    2. Removing distortion with Automatic Lens Correction
      2m 22s
    3. Improving a portrait with Lens Correction
      2m 16s
    4. Using Free Transform to correct perspective
      4m 47s
    5. Using Puppet Warp to correct perspective
      4m 47s
    6. Changing a portrait with Puppet Warp
      3m 51s
  26. 37m 11s
    1. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      4m 56s
    2. Smart Sharpen demystified
      5m 49s
    3. Smart Sharpen and masking
      8m 49s
    4. Using Smart Sharpen on small details
      5m 3s
    5. Using the Unsharp Mask filter
      6m 9s
    6. High Pass sharpening an image
      6m 25s
  27. 20m 5s
    1. Resizing for the web and email
      4m 23s
    2. Sharpening for the web and email
      2m 49s
    3. Correcting color for the web and email
      3m 50s
    4. Saving and exporting images for the web and email
      2m 43s
    5. Creating a web gallery
      4m 0s
    6. Sharing photos online
      2m 20s
  28. 17m 15s
    1. Desktop printing recommendations
      2m 46s
    2. Creating a PDF layout and contact sheets
      3m 5s
    3. Resizing and sharpening for a specific print size
      3m 12s
    4. Using Soft Proof to preview the print
      3m 48s
    5. Using the Print dialog box
      2m 25s
    6. Choosing printer settings
      1m 59s
  29. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers
12h 24m Beginner May 11, 2010

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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Calibrating a monitor
  • Setting up color and file handling preferences
  • Resizing images
  • Processing images in Camera Raw
  • Creating, targeting, and moving layers
  • Making selections and taking advantage of the Refine Edge feature
  • Masking and selective sharpening
  • Improving a photo using Content-Aware Fill and the Puppet Warp tool
  • Enhancing color, tone, and contrast with Levels
  • Improving under- and overexposure using blending
  • Burning and dodging techniques
  • Converting an image to black and white
  • Retouching essentials
  • Publishing images to the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Camera raw workflow

Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can put together these different pieces of Adobe Camera Raw in order to walk through perhaps a typical workflow on an image. We're going to be working on this file jeff_johnson.dng. So let's go ahead and press Command+R on a Mac or Ctrl+R on a PC. Jeff Johnson is an amazing photographer, writer, climber, skateboarder, surfer, just an all around fascinating guy. Here we have this portrait of him. What I want to do is I want to improve this portrait. So the first thing that I'm going to do is navigate to my Basic panel.

I'm going to start at the top and make my way down and then maybe bounce back up the top again. So let's go ahead and increase the color temperature. This is going to be a subjective edit, simply because I want this image to be a little bit more warm. Next, I'll go down to Exposure and simply click and drag that up a little bit. I'm going to add some Fill Light here, perhaps increase my Blacks, and then also a little bit of Contrast and Brightness. Now whenever we start to affect the image with its tone, let's say Blacks or Contrast, that in turn is going to affect the color saturation.

For example, if we have our Blacks up really high, you can see that the color here has been affected dramatically. So one of the things that you need to keep in mind is, as you go through these controls you may need to go back your Temperature control, you may need to change it a little bit. In my case I think I went a little too far with the warming up of the photograph. All right. Well so far so good. Let's continue on. Down in the Clarity slider here we can add a little bit of mid-tone contrast. Typically you want to add just a touch of that.

Vibrance, increase that, and it will help out your weaker colors or the weaker tones. Saturation, that will either increase or decrease saturation depending on your own style or your own preference. In this case I'm going to decrease it just a touch. Well, let's take a look at the before and after. We can do so by clicking on the Preview check box. Here's before and here's after. The image now looks much different. Well, what else would we want to do with this image? Well another thing that we need to do is to work on the detail.

We can do so by clicking on the Detail panel, it's the third icon, and this is where we can work on sharpening our image or reducing noise. In order to actually see the sharpening, what we're going to need to do is to zoom in to 100%. We can do so by double-clicking the Zoom tool. That will take the image to 100%. Let's go ahead and press the Spacebar key and then click and drag down, and this is going to show us our image at 100%, but there's something that's kind of interesting about this view.

One is that this 100% view is determined or define by our workflow options. You can set those up down below. Here you can see that it's showing me this is in Adobe RGB color space, 8 bits, and that it's actually a pretty small image. Well, if I click on this link I can change the Space, Depth or Size, and you would want to make changes here depending upon the final output. Well, let's say that this image was intended for the Web. Well in that case sizing this down to a 1.6 megapixel size would be fine.

On the other hand, if I were going to print this image I might want to choose the 21 megapixel size, the full native size. Now if I click OK here, what's going to happen is it's going to change my overall zoom rate, so I want to go ahead and click on that Workflow Option link and take this back down to the smaller size, because in this case this image is just intended for the Web. Now one of the things that I notice here is that while my depth of field is really, really shallow, one of the eyes is sharp but the other one isn't quite sharp.

So I want to increase the overall sharpening amount. So I'll do so, by clicking-and-dragging this up. Radius, typically you want a pretty low radius, and then Detail, you can have that pretty low for not sharpening small details. High if you want to sharpen the little teeny details. So typically for people you want a lower amount for your Detail. All right. I'll go ahead increase my Sharpening amount a little bit more and try to get this image to a better place. All right, great.

Well, now that I've done all that, I'm going to zoom out by double-clicking the Hand tool. That will take this view to a Fit in View mode. Great. I think the image is looking better, but let's say that I've decided I want to get a little bit creative. I want to change the color and tone. Well, how could I do that? Well, we could go back to the Basic panel, or we could go to another panel, and I want to highlight this one here just to show you that there are other options. I'm going to go to Split Toning and here I'm going to add maybe a little bit of yellow in my highlights, and then perhaps maybe a little bit of blue in my shadows.

You can see that I'm modifying the overall look of the photograph just having some fun with this image. Now once I've made those changes, you almost always want to go back to your Basic control and then make further changes. In this case I'm going to brighten it up a little bit more, little more Contrast, and then perhaps change the color temperature just a touch as well so that I have this really interesting looking tone. Now there are only a couple of more things that I want to highlight here, and one of them is how we view our previews.

Well, I've made changes in three areas, Basic and the Detail and then also in the Split Toning panel. If I click on my Preview before and after, it's only going to show me a before and after preview of whatever panel I am in. For example, click on Split Toning. Now I am only seeing the before and after of the Split Toning. Well, what do I need to do to see the before and after of everything? Well, in that case, click on the second-to-last icon, Presets.

When you go here and click on Preview, it's going to show you everything you've done, the original image. Click again, and now the final image as you've processed it. Well, the last thing to talk about is what do we do with this now that we're finished? We have a couple of different options. We can either save the image clicking on that icon, will open up a dialog, or we can save this as a different file format with a different name, or we can select Open Image. That would then open this image up in Photoshop, with these settings right here, whatever we defined as our workflow options.

Or the third option would be to simply click Done, and what that would do is simply apply all of these Camera Raw settings to this photograph. Well, let's go ahead and click on that option. I'll click on Done. When I go back to Bridge you can see that it's then updated my preview of this image. Now if ever I want to make more changes, all that I need to do is to go back to Camera Raw, press Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on a PC, and here I can change my overall Exposure or my Fill Light or my Contrast for that matter.

Once I'm done with that, once again, simply click Done, and it will then update that photograph. We are just barely scratching the surface of the power of Adobe Camera Raw. If you're interested in digging deeper into how Camera Raw actually works, I have an entire training title where we really dig into all of the ins and outs of how to get the most out of this powerful tool. So if this movie has piqued your interest in Camera Raw, be sure to check out that other training title where you can learn much, much more.

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Q: The instructor recommends using the ColorMunki by X-Rite for monitor calibration, but X-Rite makes multiple ColorMunki products. Which ColorMunki is used in the video?
A: The product referred to in the video is the ColorMunki Photo.
 
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