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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 share with you an extra bonus workflow tip. Now this tip doesn't relate directly to Adobe Camera Raw. In other words, you can use this tip if you are not working with Camera Raw. But I thought I would include it here just to show you how you have some extra added flexibility when working with Adobe Bridge and also Adobe Camera Raw. Now, there may be situations where you are processing your images, whether they are RAW files, JPEG or TIFFs, and where you'd really like to have another version of the image, or a different treatment of the file and be able to compare those two images.
What you can do is actually navigate through Edit pulldown menu in Adobe Bridge and select Duplicate. If we duplicate this file, what's going to happen is is we'll have another version of the file. Now, I should point out, of course, that we also have twice the file size now. This file is about 12 MB, and so is this file, yet the nice thing about this is what we can do is press Command+R or Ctrl+R in order to open this up in Camera Raw. Well, for that matter we can use any of our open techniques. We can then process the image. Let's say we'll convert it to black-and- white, add a bit of Contrast, click Done.
Now, we have these two images side-by-side. Sometimes by having these two different treatments, it can help us find, or discover, the best way to process an image. What we can do, of course, is then compare these two files in a couple of different ways. We could hold down Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows and click on both images. Here, can see those two, side- by-side, in the Preview panel. Or we can press the Spacebar key. That will take our images to Full Screen View mode. Then what we can do is press the Arrow keys.
As I press those Arrow keys to the left or to the right, I can view these two different images, again, have a nice way to compare and contrast these two different types of processing. Now with this image, one of things that I have determined is I like it better in color. So, I'll press the Spacebar key to exit full screen view mode. I am not ready to get rid of this duplicate. It's not very useful for me. It was helpful in comparing these different options, but now I am going to go ahead and get rid of it. In order to do that, you can right-click or Ctrl+Click.
Then here, I'll select Move to Trash in order to delete that file. Am I sure I want to do that? Oh, sure. Now of course, you don't always have to delete your files. It is just I wanted to kind of complete the circle in regards to how you can begin to work with duplicate files while working with Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw.
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