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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 with this portrait that I captured, let's say that the client comes back to us and says, hey, love the portrait, but I just wish you could change the background, maybe change the Hue or the Brightness value of the background. And so we would then go back say to Camera Raw and work with our Adjustment Brush to do that. Here I want to look at how we can use the Adjustment Brush and also Auto Mask when we have a situation where our edges aren't as defined as they were like in the previous movie. So let's press the K key in order to select the Adjustment Brush.
Next, what I want to do, is I'm going to go ahead and scroll down to my Brush options, and in the Brush options what I want you to do is to choose a relatively small brush here. I want you to turn on Auto Mask, and then also Show Mask. We're going to do this so that we can really see the edges of our mask. Now I'm going to have this nice small brush and I'm going to start to paint over the background, and I'm doing this with Auto Mask turned on, and a lot of times when you have images like this where you have less defined edges, you'll work on the outer edge of the picture and then we'll turn Auto Mask off in just a moment, and we'll do that so that we can then work on the other area of the image, but first, we'll just focus in on this area.
Alright, well for the most part this is looking okay; I just need to kind of clean up a couple of little edges there. Next I brought in a little bit too much of this adjustment on this side on the shoulder, so we'll click on the Erase button, press the left bracket key to make our brush nice and small. Make sure Auto Mask is turned on here as well, that way we can use this Auto Mask feature on this side of the image as well as the other side. So again we're adding or removing. I'm going to add that, I'm going to try to make my brush a little bit smaller to bring in a little bit into that area, brought in too much, so I'll just go ahead and paint that out there, and again it's just some back-and-forth painting, between Add and Erase.
One great way you can toggle between those two, is if you hold down the Option key; that will toggle to Erase, then if you let go of that, that will bring back that to Add. Okay, well now that I've done that, I'm going to go ahead and just kind of finish this off, see a few little areas where I need more, and then I'll turn Auto Mask off, and I'll zoom out, and I'll make my brush a little bit bigger here. And I'm doing that so I can just kind of quickly paint over the rest of the background. In other words, we just use Auto Mask where we needed it. You want to make sure you're not using Auto Mask say on the background; otherwise the adjustment will kind of have some almost spotty sort of a look to it.
Now with Auto Mask turned off, what you want to do is crank up your Feather all the way, make your brush nice and small and then just kind of approach some of the edges, because this will soften up some of those areas, so they don't look quite so crunchy, and this is just going to create a little bit of a nice softening effect here on the edge. Now why not just do this from the start? Well, what we're doing here is we're combining the best of both worlds; we're using Auto Mask to give us a good edge, and then we just kind of slowly, subtly backed it off a little bit, so there's a bit of a transition.
Well, so far we've just been making this adjustment with Show Mask turned on, we've done that to be able to see that area. Now let's turn Show Mask off, and let's actually make the adjustment to the image. Well, what kind of an adjustment might we want to make here? Well, we could control the overall Brightness of the background as I mentioned, or another thing that we might want to do is perhaps remove some of the color, so I'll desaturate, and then add some color on top of it. We've seen how this works before; we can use this color chip here, try to find a nice perhaps Blue, and then maybe dial in the overall density of that, so that I can then kind of control how this color looks here.
And by doing that, you can see we've really changed the overall mood of this picture. We could make this perhaps less dominant there if we wanted a little bit more of a subtle Blue, but you can see how you can kind of customize this and get this to feel like it's nice and cohesive. So if we look at the overall before and after, what we've done is, we've been able to paint in this adjustment into this part of our image. We were able to do that to create a different mood or feeling with this picture. So as you're starting to see here, we can use this Adjustment brush to make corrections or changes to our photograph and also to further the creative vision that we have for our photographs.
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