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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.
With the Adjustment Brush selected, we can hover over an image like this demo file, and here we'll see that we have these two concentric circles. The inner circle is the actual Brush Size. The outer checkered circle is the Feather Size. Now we can change our Brush Size by simply tapping the Bracket key, tap the Right Bracket key. This will then increase your Brush Size. You can also change the feather amount by way of shortcut. That is Shift+Right bracket in order to increase the Feather amount or Shift+Left bracket in order to decrease that as well. All right.
Well, what about some of these other options that we can see down here: Auto Mask, Show Mask and Show Pins? In order to talk a little bit about those, I want to pull up another slide just to highlight a few shortcuts. Well, one of the things that we want to do is begin to focus in on this Adjustment Brush and how we can access this tool. You can access it by pressing the K key. Once you press the K key, this tool will be active. You can then make an adjustment. Now if you want to create a new adjustment, all that you need to do is to press the N key.
This will then essentially kind of close your last adjustment and give you the ability to dial in a new adjustment. Moving over here to the Adjustment panel, there are a couple of shortcuts that are worth noting as well. One of them is Auto Mask. Now while we haven't actually done anything with Auto Mask just yet, it's worth noting that the M key allows us to toggle Auto Mask on and off. And essentially what this does is it helps us create an adjustment in a particular area of our photograph. Now when we're with working masking and working with this tool, we have the ability show a Mask, which in a sense shows us the area that we've worked on.
There is a shortcut for that as well. The Show Mask shortcut is the Y key. Again, press the Y key, and that will toggle that mask on and off. All right, one more shortcut for you. We've actually already seen this one. It's the V key. And you notice that when you use this tool you actually set a pin down on your image. When you set that pin down it's showing you that you have an adjustment. You can then click on that pin to activate that particular adjustment. Well, sometimes those pins become distracting, because essentially it's an overlay element on top of your image.
If you ever want to hide those you can simply click that V key. All right. Well, I recommend you jot these shortcuts down, because they will definitely help us out as we start to work with this tool.
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