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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.
The next step we are going to take with this photograph is to move to another panel and look at how we can convert this image to black-and-white and then make any needed detail adjustments after we've done this conversion. So over in the top of Camera Raw, let's go and click on this icon here which takes us to each HSL/Grayscale. We are going to click on the icon for Convert to Grayscale and that will convert our image to black-and-white. Next, what you can do is you can use these sliders to change the Brightness value of the different tones in your image. Let's say that we want to brighten up the skin, well, we can then use these sliders and here we can go ahead and click and drag these amounts so that we can then brighten up the skin.
We can also work with other elements like the background as you can see here, I can either make that more dark or I can brighten it up. Now as we make these adjustments, you can see that we can really target these different parts of our image. In making these adjustments, what I want to do is add a bit more contrast and life to this photograph. Well, after having dialed in our Grayscale conversion the next thing you want to do is zoom in on the image. To do that once again let's double- click the Zoom tool to go 100% then we can press the Spacebar tool or click on the Hand tool and just click-and-drag.
The reason why I want to do this is to highlight something. Notice that when I worked with my yellow slider, it gave me the ability to either brighten or darken that area of the image. Well, when you do that you may introduce or remove noise based on how far you're moving the slider. So as you make that adjustment what you might want to do is jump back to the Detail panel. If you notice that you've introduced a bit of noise there, well perhaps you then want to remove some of that by increasing your Luminance Noise amount or your Luminance Noise Reduction I should say.
And here you can see how we can use these two sets of controls together in order to ensure that our photograph looks its best. Alright, well, after having dialed in a bit of detail corrections based on our black-and-white conversion, next I am going to go ahead and double-click the Hand tool, this will take the image to this 100% view. And here this photograph is looking really interesting, we can click on the Preview icon to see our before, before the Grayscale conversion and then click it again in order to see the after.
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