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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.
Here, I want to take a look at how we can either enhance or correct a Lens Vignetting effect. We're going to go ahead and make our way to the Lens Corrections panel. We're going to do that by way of a shortcut. Mac users, that shortcut is Command+ Option+6; Windows users, Ctrl+Alt+6, or simply click on the Tab icon here. Well, you can see, I have this photograph of my buddy Travis. We can see that one of the things that happened, because I was shooting with a wide-angle lens is that the corners are a little bit dark. Well, to correct that, all I need to do is to increase the Lens Vignetting amount, and then dial in the Midpoint.
Here, you can see I can change how far this extends into the rest of the frame. Sometimes, what you'll do is you'll move one slider and then another until you get it just right. I'll go ahead and make a few more adjustments, looking at all of my corners. For the most part, I think this is looking a little bit better. Press the P key, and there we have our before and then our after. Now, Adobe introduced these controls in order to make corrections like this, but photographers really took a liking to these controls and also discovered that they could use them to add or increase the Vignetting effect as well.
So here, let's take a look at how we would do that. In this case, all we need to do would be to decrease our Amount and then change our overall Midpoint to really get the strong Vignetting effect around the perimeter of the image. Now, in this case, I have, of course, gone a little bit over the top, but just to illustrate, we can, of course, darken that up, if we so desire. One of the things that I want to point out though is that if you are going to darken your edges, you almost always need to go back to the Basic panel. Here, what you're probably going to need to do is to boost the Exposure a little bit, a little bit of Fill Light, because what happens when you darken those edges is that you're increasing the overall density of the image.
So sometimes, you need to go back and kind of compensate for that and brighten things up a bit. Then go back to Lens Vignetting, perhaps add a little bit more, and kind of go back and forth between these two panels in order to dial in the effect just as you want it.
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