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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
So far, we've been discovering that Camera Raw is easy to use. It's fast, it's flexible, and this is the reason why so many people go to Camera Raw first in order to process their images before they get to Photoshop. And this is a really good workflow. It's a really good way to go. And here, we are going to focus in on a few more features in Camera Raw that we can take advantage of. And this time I want to focus in on color. Let's go ahead and select these three files here, which you can find in your white_balance folder. Hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and click on these files and then navigate to File and choose Open in Camera Raw.
I want to start off with this demo file here, and I have this here just to illustrate this whole idea that we can have different color temperatures. We already know this intuitively that certain color temperatures are warm, say, like candlelight, and other color temperatures, well, they are cool. And there are different times of day when we can capture different color temperatures. When it comes to working on our images, sometimes we'll have a color shift, say, for example, like with this photograph here.
And initially looking at it, it might be difficult to determine the actual color shift. We can use our Temperature and Tint sliders in order to correct the color, and we can use these in combination with a really powerful tool. It's the third tool up here. It's the White Balance tool. Let's go ahead and click on it. What this tool allows us to do is to sample something in our image that we know should be neutral. In this case, I know that this camera should be neutral, so I'll go ahead and click on that.
As I do that, you'll notice that it changes my Temperature and my Tint. Let's take a look at that Preview. Here is before, and now here is after. What had happened was this was a bit too cool and green, and so these sliders were moved over to the right in order to make this value neutral, and it color-corrected the photograph, and now it just looks a lot better. You know, sometimes we want images which are color correct and perfect and accurate. Other times we might want to be a little bit expressive.
Let's say we want this image to be a bit warm. We can click on this slider and drag it over to the right in order to add a bit more warmth, or of course, we can cool it off as well. So you can make both objective and subjective decisions when working with your images in regards to color. Let's go to another photograph. This one here. With this picture, I want to highlight a couple of ways that we can change the way we view the picture and also how we can work on its color. Down at the base, you'll notice we have our zoom rate.
I can change this by clicking on this menu and changing how far I am going to zoom in or how far I want to zoom out on the photograph. We can also do this with the Zoom tool. Select the tool and click on your image in order to zoom in, hold down Option or Alt, just like in Photoshop. That will change the icon to a Minus sign inside of the magnifying glass and then click again and you can zoom out. Do you remember those other zoom shortcuts? They were--if you double-click the Hand tool in Photoshop, it takes this to Fit in view, double-click the Zoom tool, it takes it to that 100% view. So again, just some handy techniques in regards to zooming.
With the Hand tool, it works just like it does in Photoshop. We can click and drag to reposition the photograph. Well, here I have a photograph of a very famous professional surfer, and I want to try to white balance this picture, so I select the White Balance tool. I might think that this black on his shirt would be a good sample point, so I click on it. Yet when I do that, all of a sudden the picture, well, it's really yellow and green. Well, most likely this is the result of the fact that this black isn't really a neutral black. This went too far.
So let's go ahead and take a look at how we can reset these values. Well, here you notice you have this White Balance option of Custom. That's because we made a change. Well, you can take this back to As Shot by choosing that option here in the menu. Then I can just make a subjective edit. Let's say I want to warm this up a little bit and also add perhaps a bit of magenta. And these sliders allow you to make subtle and also really dramatic adjustments as you can see as I move these. So here we are just looking to make a little subtle warming effect, or warming the image up a little bit, changing the overall color Temperature.
Let's look at our results. By clicking on the Preview icon, we can see that before and now after. So even in this Basic panel, you have a lot of control when it comes to working with color. Whether you're trying to correct the color or just come up with some creative color enhancements.
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