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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Typically, when we're working with Color Correction or White Balance, we are thinking a little bit more in functional terms, yet here what I want to do is simply briefly talk about how we can use these same controls for some creative output as well. Well, one of the things that we know is we have these sliders, Temperature and Tint. And in this particular photograph that I took of this dandelion, I just set it on top of my kitchen stove and turned on the light from above and put a little book behind it. And the light, of course, has this huge yellow shift. That looks really dingy, not very interesting.
Yet what we can do is we can use some of these controls in order to change the color. If there is too much yellow in it, I know that if I simply add quite a bit of blue here, I can change the overall look to the image. I can also modify the Tint here and swing this one way or another in order to get just a nice color combination. Next, I might want to add some Clarity and also some Contrast, maybe even a little bit of Vibrance and Color Saturation. Well here, I have completely, vividly changed the photograph. Let's take a look at our before and after.
We can click on the Preview check box or press the P key. Here is before, probably an image that I would have deleted. Here is the after, an image that I actually like. I think it's really interesting and engaging. It's unique and distinct in regards to its color composition and to the overall impact of the photograph. So I bring this up just to get you begin to think about how you can use these controls sometimes for creative purposes. Sometimes these controls can convince you to not give up on an image, but to perhaps experiment a little bit, because sometimes you never know what you might come up with.
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