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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.
In order to get familiar with how these Camera Calibration profiles actually work, I find it's helpful to take some snapshots of some of the different profiles and color combinations, just so you can begin to compare and contrast how these work. Let's take a look at how we can do that here so that we can really deconstruct this, and also so that we can use it perhaps a little more effectively. Well, let's head to our Camera Profile options. What we'll do is just click through these and try to find one that I think looks kind of interesting. I am just going to make my way through all of these different options. And let's say that one that I like is standard here.
Let's say with Standard, I want to go into my Basic panel, open up my Exposure a little bit, add a little bit Contrast and just de-saturate a touch there. All right. Well so far so good, little bit of Vibrance. I am going to make my way now to the Snapshots panel. In the Snapshots panel, click on the New Snapshot. I'll name this option 1. Next, I'll go back to my Camera Calibration tab and here let me choose something different, say Landscape. Well, now very different color interpretation. I'll go over here to my Snapshots panel, click on the New icon, choose this one 2, and then again go back to Camera Calibration.
I am just going to choose another option that I think might work for this photograph, and I'll look through here, and then once again to the Snapshots panel, we'll click the New icon and name this one 3. Well, now here all I have are these three different options for the image. And again, sometimes I find it's helpful to be able to click through these options. Now keep in mind, each of these different snapshots, or options here, have the Camera Calibration profile, also all of the basic settings that we've applied. So in this case, I'm getting the best of kind of both worlds, and it helps me to quickly jump between these three options.
As I do that, I notice certain things that I like about certain versions and other things that I don't like about other options. For example, I think this one just a little bit too muted, and the Contrast doesn't look very nice. This one is pretty nice, but perhaps a touch oversaturated, and then this one somewhere in the middle, pretty neutral color, looks pretty sharp. So what I might do is say, well, I really like this one. I'm attracted to those bright vibrant colors, but I'll go back to my Basic panel, and I'll just pull little bit more of that color out, so it's not quite so saturated.
Then once I do that, I can say, hey, yeah, this is a pretty good place for this image. I think this looks nice. To view my overall before and after at this juncture, I am going to go back over here to either Presets or Snapshots, then I'll press the P key. That will toggle the Preview on and off. Here we have it, before and then after. So not a huge color shift, but nonetheless a nice subtle yet significant way to process this photograph.
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