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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.
Perhaps an even more effective way to color correct our photos is to work with Adobe Camera RAW. Adobe Camera RAW works so well with color, and it gives us so much flexibility, and a lot of speed. All that we need to do is to select the White Balance tool. We can do so by pressing the I key, or by clicking on the Eyedropper up here. The next thing that we need to do is to hover over an area of our image that we think should be neutral; for example, let's go ahead and click in the same area that we clicked previously when working in Photoshop.
When we do that, we all of a sudden see that the image looks wonderful. To view our before and after, simply press the P key; that will show you the before. Press the P key one more time; that will show you the after. When you press the P key, it toggles the Preview here on and off. Again, let me show you how that works. P once turns out Preview off. Press P again; it turns that back on. Now one of the nice things about using Camera RAW is that if you make a mistake, you can easily undo your mistake. For example, let's say that I accidentally clicked on this blue.
Well, now my image looks horrible. That was an incorrect spot to select. Well, all that I need to do is to simply click on another area that I think would work better, and then it will re-color correct the image. So you can use your Eyedropper, and you can sample or click in different areas in order to find just the right White Balance. Now the other thing that we can do, of course, is simply move our Temperature and Tint sliders, in order to tweak or modify the color. Let's say I want to cool this image off even a little bit more.
I can click and drag to the left. So here we have this nice kind of cool tone, blue-and-white-looking photograph. So I just want to highlight that of course, we can use the White Balance tool, in order to make really objective color edits. But then afterwards, we can go ahead and modify the sliders, in order to make a few color tweaks that match our vision for our particular photograph.
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