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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're going to continue to work with Eyedroppers and we're going to look at how we can work with Eyedroppers inside of Camera Raw. We will be working on this file corwig_ london.tif. So let's press Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on a PC, to open this image up in Camera Raw. Now there are a couple of important shortcuts you need to know here. The shortcut for the Eyedropper tool or as it's called in Camera Raw, the White Balance tool, is the I key. Now you can see I've selected it. For the Color Sampler tool it's the S key, so we can go ahead and click on that or use a shortcut.
Now what I want to do with this image is I want to set a couple of sample points, one right here on the back of the Subway sign and another one right here because I know those should probably be neutral, right? I should see equal amounts of red, green and blue. I don't. There is a distinct color shift. Well, how can we fix it? I'll grab my Eyedropper tool and I'm going to go ahead and just click on one of these points here or near one of those points, it doesn't have to be exactly on it. Now, when I do that, I see, okay, you know what? My numbers are pretty close except I'm not really liking the result for some reason. It just looks a little too peachy to me, it looks a little too red or too magenta. So I'm going to fix this, I'm going to modify this just a little bit.
I'll go ahead and lower my Yellow slider and I'm also going to go ahead and lower my overall Magenta Tint. Now as I do that, I'm looking at my numbers and I'm saying, okay, numbers, how are you doing, how are you doing here? And they say for the most part they are doing pretty well. And I'm just looking to try to get these numbers pretty close together. Now are these numbers going to be exact? No. Well these numbers here on one, they're pretty close to equal. So that is indeed black. Now should this be black over here? No, it looks like there should be a little bit of warmth on that, there should be a little bit of a color shift there, so I'm okay with that.
I'll clear my Samplers for a moment. Look at my before and after, here's before and after. That image looks so much better now that we've color corrected it using those Eyedroppers with Camera Raw. And the one thing that I want to point out here is while the Camera Raw White Balance tool works incredibly well, sometimes it takes a little bit of an experimentation and sometimes what will happen is you'll grab this tool and you'll click on something like this, something that's white. And it just won't look good. Well, bright whites typically aren't the best thing that white balance off of, because there isn't enough information there. The same thing is true.
Black blacks like this down here isn't very good either because again there isn't enough information. Now, up here on this reflective surface that could be interesting. It could be kind of interesting because we're guessing maybe it's neutral, maybe it's not. Also surfaces that have a little bit more detail, lot of times give us some good result. So as we look at these different results, we're going to need to experiment a little bit, look at our numbers. And eventually what we will do is, as we click around the image, we will find a spot that looks pretty neutral. We then want to grab that Color Sampler tool and click on a few different areas and take a look at our numbers. Is this now still neutral? Oh yeah, pretty much. Could we modify those numbers a little bit? Oh yeah, sure, just warm it up, just a touch. May be bring those overall tint of the magenta down a little bit. And yeah, I think that looks like a pretty good color correction and we've learned some valuable things in regards to using the White Balance tool and the Color Samplers inside of Camera Raw.
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