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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.
When working in Adobe Camera Raw, many times one of the first steps that you're going to want to take is to color balance or white balance your photographs. Well, let's take a look at a couple of different scenarios where we can improve the overall color of our photographs by doing this technique. We're going to be working on these images, jeff_johnson_color and timmie_curran. All right. Well, let's go ahead and click on one of the photographs. Hold down the Shift key, and then click on another. Then we're going to open both of these images up at the same time inside of Camera Raw.
We can do so by navigating to our File pulldown menu, and then by selecting Open in Camera Raw. You may notice that there is a shortcut. This is a really helpful shortcut. On a Mac, it's Command+R; on a PC, that's Ctrl+R. All right. Well, let's go ahead and open up both of these images in Camera Raw. You can see that they're located over here on the left. I can click on the thumbnail in order to work on one image or another. Well, as I mentioned, one of the things that we may need to do is to color-correct a photo. In this image, I noticed that there's a slight blue cast.
Well, if I want to fix that, what I can do is select the White Balance tool, which is located right here. Simply, click on the tool, and then what you want to do is click on something in your image that you know or that you think should be neutral. Well, in this case, I know that in this portrait of Jeff Johnson that his Leica camera is black. So, what I'm going to do is go ahead and click on this camera right here. It's going to then color-correct this image, and try to make that area of the image black. So, in this case, to view our before and after, we can click on the Preview icon, here's before and then after.
This image has now been color-corrected. It looks much more inviting. All right. Well, let's go ahead and make our way down to this next image, which is timmie_curran.jpg. Timmy is a pro surfer and a musician, a really fascinating person. In this image, once again, I notice that it's a little bit cool. Well, so far, we've taken a look at how we can use our eyedropper. Well, sometimes, we may want to make a more subjective edit. Like, in this case, let's say I simply want to warm this image up. Well, all that I need to do is to go to my Temperature and Tint sliders and click and drag.
Here I'm going to go ahead and warm the image up and then also add a little bit of a tint. You can see that I'm simply subjectively changing the way that the image looks. Now, in this case, I didn't use the Eyedropper tool, because I'm not really interested in correct color. Rather, I'm interested in adding a little bit of color effect or adding a little bit of tone that I think is kind of interesting or fascinating. Now, the image is really warm. But let's say I kind of like it, and that's what I want to do. Well, once again, let's look at our before and after.
Here is our before, and then once again, our after. So, as you can see, you can start to work with the color in your photographs in some pretty interesting ways by using that White Balance tool, or by simply using some of these controls here, which allow us to dial in a specific look for our photographs.
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