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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.
Of course, if you're interested in really accurate color, what you want to do is you want to photograph something in a particular lighting situation that you know is Neutral, and that's what I've done here. In this particular case, this athlete is holding this color checker chart. He just came in off a bike ride in the rain. You can see some of the rain and sweat on him still, and I kind of like this. I want to capture a bit of that moment. And so he's holding this color checker chart, which is called a passport. It's put out by the folks at x-Rite. If you navigate to their site, xrite.com, you can learn more about this color checker chart, and this one's actually pretty powerful because you can create profiles from it, and it's a color checker chart that I used exclusively.
All right well you see that I now have another image without the chart and what I want to do is I want to White Balance this image based on neutrality here that I have in this chart. To do so, we'll press the I key in order to select the White Balance tool. Next, we're going to hover over the image and simply click on something that we know should be neutral. That has now color corrected the photo. Let's look at our before and after, here we have the before and then the after. Next up, we'll go ahead and choose Select All, and then we're to click on Synchronized...
Whenever you see those dots, it means its going to open up a dialog. Here what we want to select is from our pulldown menu, we'll go ahead and choose White Balance, just synchronizing the White Balance settings there. We'll click OK, and what we'll see is that if we target this other image, it has now been color corrected. Here we have it, our before and then our after. The other thing that I do want to highlight is let's say that if we make this color correction and realize you know what, while that's neutral I would like to perhaps warm this up just a little bit, and then we decide we want to apply this to the other image.
Well if we click Select All, we can also synchronize this without opening up the synchronize dialog. We can do so by holding down option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and those dots disappear. Now when we click on this what's going to happen is it's going to synchronize those White Balance settings without opening up the dialog. So just know that and just be sure to take note that when you do do that, you also obviously have to remember what you did most recently, because Adobe Camera Raw will remember whatever check boxes you have checked most recently, and then when you go ahead and Option+Click or Alt+Click that button, it will then synchronize just those settings.
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