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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.
So far we've really looked at using Vibrance and Saturation for more typical outcomes. What if we want to do something kind of creative with color? One of the things we can do is use our White Balance controls in combination with Vibrance and Saturation to come up with some really exaggerated or sometimes interesting results. For example, let's say that what I want to do is cool this image off, so I'm going to go ahead and color temperature so that the image is now really blue. Well, from there what I could do is then modify the overall Vibrance and try to bring up some of the weaker tones.
You can also change the overall color saturation. So again, I'm just looking to kind of mix these together until I get this kind of blue-yellow type of a look. Well, if we press the P key, here's our Before and then now our After. Now, this is just one example of many. The whole point here is that you can really experiment with these controls, and sometimes using these controls in a way that they weren't intended to be used can leave you just some interesting results. And of course, don't neglect that Tint slider.
And here what we can do with the Tint slider is we can change the overall Tint of the photograph, and when we combine this with some of these other settings, again, sometimes it can lead us to just changing the color in some distinct and perhaps interesting ways. Now, whenever you make adjustments like this, what you'll want to do is try to swing a slider one way or another, and just try to find that sweet spot. And sometimes I think of using the controls this way is kind of like cooking, adding a little bit more salt, a little bit more sugar, a few more chocolate chips, and again, it's constantly mixing this up together in order to see what you come up with.
And also, as a side-note, one of the great ways to really learn how these controls work, I mean, to actually truly deconstruct them, and know how they work is to play with them. So if you haven't experimented with these controls and created some surreal images that you'll never print or never use, you probably need to do so, because simply by pushing these tools to their limits, sometimes it can help you really understand them, so that when it comes to more functional corrections you can then apply those, or if needed you can also come up with some creative results as well.
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