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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.
In this movie, we'll be working on two images and we're going to perform a similar technique, yet we're going to do it two different ways, and the technique is going to be to desaturate a large area of our photograph. I'll show you this technique, one, because it's just kind of fun, and then two, I think it will help you understand how we can work with the Adjustment Brush and also how we can work with Auto Mask. Alright, well let's press the K key to select the Adjustment Brush. What I want to do with this adjustment is I want to desaturate. So I'm going to click on the Minus icon for Saturation so that I can then remove all of the color from the background so that the color is in black-and-white and the subject is still in full color.
Now if you have a large area like this, you probably want to start off with a large brush. So I'm going to press the Right Bracket key to increase my Brush Size. The brush now is huge. The next thing I'm going to do is turn on Auto Mask. You can do that by pressing M or by clicking on this icon. Then here we're just going to start to click and paint around the background. In doing that, you'll see that we'll be able to start to begin to remove the color from the background. This will then give us some really big bold adjustments, yet it also will limit our adjustments to a few areas.
If you look, you can see that I wasn't able to remove all of the color there in the background. So in order to get the rest of that out, what I'm going to need to do is to turn off Auto Mask. So first, let me just go around here, try to cover all these areas with this adjustment. Next, I'll press the M key to turn off Auto Mask, then press the Left Bracket key to decrease my Brush Size. Here I need to be a little bit more careful because with Auto Mask turned off, I need to just paint over the area that I want to desaturate. In this case, the photograph is looking pretty good, except I notice that I desaturated a little bit on his face.
So we'll click on Erase and then here, we'll go ahead and clean that up by erasing that desaturation from this part of the picture. I just want a nice little small brush there in order to be able to do that. And here you can see that by working with a big brush first, with Auto Mask turned on, it allowed us to really target that area, so that we're able to remove all of the color or maybe even darken that background a little bit so that we now have this kind of interesting or creative effect. Another way that we can accomplish this effect is by doing something which is similar but almost the opposite.
Let me show you what I mean. Here I'll click on this next image that I have open and with this photograph, I want everything desaturated except the pumpkin. How can we do that? Well, once again with no Saturation or -100 Saturation, I should say, and then with a really big brush, I mean, a gigantic brush. In this case, I'm going to make it huge, bring my Flow all the way up. I'm going to turn Auto Mask off and I'm just going to paint across the image. So I'm just desaturating everything with a few brush strokes. Color is gone.
Well, how then can we bring some color back? Here, we can click on the Erase option. When you choose Erase, notice that it changes the settings for your brush. Here we can have a little small brush. We could have a lot of Feather. We could also increase the Flow, and also, last but not least, turn on Auto Mask. Now with Auto Mask turned on, what I can do is I can start to paint around this pumpkin here and I can really work on the edges. What I'm doing in this case is I'm erasing the desaturation from this area of the photograph.
Rather than adding it, I added desaturation everywhere and then just erased it to this picture. I'll zoom in a little bit more on the pumpkin so I can do some of my detail work and then with a nice small brush, I'm going to go ahead and paint across the stem here. Now the challenge is that when you have Auto Mask turned on, it's not going to be perfect. So you almost always have to press the M key and then go back over your image in order to try to bring in the detail in kind of a cohesive or consistent and smooth way, and in doing that, you will invariably make a few little mistakes.
No big deal; just go back to Add, but this time now, of course, we need a really small brush and then here we can start to add that desaturation back into a few areas that we might have kind of messed up a little bit there on the edges. In doing this, by working with Erase and also by working with the Add amount, we're able to create this effect where with this image, we have everything desaturated except for the pumpkin. So here you can see you can start to create this effect whether you're going to get rid of all color and then bring some back with Erase, or if you just want to use that approach where you're making a gigantic selection using Auto Mask and then desaturating that area.
And here again, this effect is kind of fun, yet you won't always use this technique. What you will use is this approach in regards to selecting an area. And perhaps the idea here isn't to desaturate the background, but maybe what you really need to do, let me select that adjustment, is just to darken that up a bit or change the overall color temperature of that area. And by using this approach, you can start to use these techniques. These will allow you have to have this specific control whether or not you want to make these early creative or kind of dramatic effects where you're desaturating everything or if it's just that you need to know how to select large areas and apply adjustments to those areas.
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