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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.
The more you learn about the Adjustment Brush, the more you'll want to integrate it into your workflow, and inevitably, what will happen is you'll start to use this Adjustment Brush in similar ways. In order to speed up your workflow, what you can then do is create Presets, so that you don't have to reset all of your different controls every time you want to use this tool. Well, let's take a look at how we can do that. Press the K key in order to select the Adjustment Brush. Then let's say that what we want to do is create a few different presets for skin smoothing. Well, in the previous movie, we talked about this, right? So we'll go ahead and click on the Negative Clarity icon there.
In this case, let's say we want to simply add a little bit of Brightness here, little bit of Exposure. We're going to name this our low skin smoothing setting. In order to save all of these controls as a Preset, we click on this icon here. We choose New Local Correction Setting. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and name this one skin smooth - low and click OK. Next, let's say we have another setting, which has a little bit more clarity, a little bit more Brightness amount, and a touch of softening by lowering the Sharpness amount. Well, here, we'll click on this icon, and again, select yet another local correction.
We'll call this one skin smooth - medium and click OK. Well, let's say that we have one where we really want to go for it, where we really want quite a bit of skin softening, and in this case, we'll go ahead and save that out as a Preset. Once again, click on that New Local Correction Setting, and here we'll call it skin smooth - high. Now, to access those different Presets, all that we need to do is to click on this icon here and then click on or target one of these Presets. For example, if we choose medium, you'll see how the controls will change, or if we choose another option like low, you can again see how these controls, or amounts of these different controls, will change.
Now the point here isn't to say that you need Presets for skin smoothing; rather, point here is just to illustrate this idea that if you ever find yourself using similar settings across multiple images, it may then be a great idea to create a Preset, so that you don't have to dial in the amounts of these different controls every time you want to create that particular effect.
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