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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
Here we're going to look at how we can use our Lens Corrections controls in order to make some corrections and also to further our vision for our photographs. We're going to get a little bit creative here. We'll talk about how we can work with the Crop Tool, and how we can integrate that into our workflow with Lens Corrections. Well, this is the photograph straight out of the camera; this is the full RAW file. So, what I know I need to do is to turn on my Enable Lens Profile Corrections. In doing that, we can see that it really brightens up the edges of the photograph.
Here's the before and then here's the after. Next, I want to brighten up those edges even more. So I'll go down to my Vignetting slider and drag that to the right. You can see how we're adding more light to this picture. Next, I also want to remove a bit more distortion, so I'll drag that to the right as well. We can press the P key or click on the Preview to see the before and after. Alright, well so far, so good! The next thing I'm going to do is click on the Manual Tab. In the Manual Tab, I want to brighten those edges and the overall exposure using this.
So I'll click-and-drag to the right, and then I'm going to drag my midpoint to the left. This is going to extend this over a larger area of the photograph. And in doing this, really what we're doing is just brightening up this picture, brightening up those edges as well. Well now that I've done that, I'm going to go ahead and crop this image, because I kind of like the graphic elements and the lines and whatnot in this photograph, and I want to zero in on those. So here we'll select our Crop Tool. You can do so by pressing the C key or you can just click on it in the Tools Panel.
Next, click and drag over your image, so that we've extended this over all of the photograph. Then hold down the Shift key, and click and drag one of the corner points, and here we're just going to go ahead and make a smaller crop and then reposition this crop onto our image, and then press Enter or Return. Alright, well what's the big deal, and why did we do that? Well, I wanted to do that to highlight how we can also use some of these controls with the crop, and that is how we can rotate. Here, because I've cropped this, I can then rotate the image, and I can rotate pretty far until I start to see the edge of the photograph.
And in doing this, sometimes it can help you come up with some creative ways to maybe process the picture. Perhaps, we could create a little bit of a lean back like that, or maybe we want to have a little bit more of a lean forward, and here I can again extend this until I see that edge of the frame. Next, you can press the C key to reactivate your crop and then you can click and reposition that. Then, press Enter or Return to apply and then rotate even more. In doing that you can start to see how we're changing really this overall look here with this photograph.
Alright, we'll go ahead and rotate that, press the C key to activate my Crop Tool, then I need to hold down the Shift key and just crop this in a little bit more, in order to be able to fit that into this area, and in order to have all of that there. Then I'll press Enter or Return in order to apply that. And so in doing this, and using our Profile and Manual Corrections, we've really changed the whole focus of this image. We've changed our vision for this picture, and that's one of the things that's great about Camera Raw; it gives us this extra flexibility.
We can do this really quickly without really much effort at all, and also it's nondestructive; we can always undo any of these adjustments. Alright, well here is before, before we applied any adjustments with the current crop, and then when we click Preview again, we can see the after. After we've worked on this image in the Lens Corrections Panel, and also after we've applied this creative crop to our photograph.
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