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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 a way you can think of this movie as a little bit of a bonus tip, because here I want to show you how you can duplicate one of your images so that you can even have more flexibility when opening your files and working on them in Camera Raw. The way that you can do this is in Adobe Bridge, navigate to a photograph and click on it. And then if you right-click or Ctrl+click, you'll see this contextual menu, which gives you a lot of different options. One of the options is Duplicate. If you select that, it will then create a duplicate version of this file inside of this folder here.
Next, I am going to go the View pull-down menu and then select Sort, and I want to Sort these files By Filename, in doing that I will then see these two images side-by-side. Well, here is the original file, and then here's a duplicate version or the copy version of that RAW file. Now, what it has done here is it has taken this file and all of the RAW settings and it has completely doubled that up or duplicated that. In this way I now have two versions of the file. Now, the upside of this is that I can then open up this file and process it, and let's do that.
Here I will press Cmd+R on a Mac or Ctrl+R on Windows and I am just going to desaturate this photograph and perhaps add a little bit of Clarity and Contrast and modify this black-and-white version here just a bit. Next, after having done that, I'll go ahead and click Done in order to apply those settings. So in this way you can see that I have two different and distinct versions of the same image. Now, the downside of this of course is that I've added extra file size. I now have twice the file size.
Yet, sometimes when it comes to experimenting, and when it comes to opening up your files in Camera Raw, being able to duplicate an image and then just process it in a different way, can give you insight into how you might want to process or change your picture. Last, but not least, what you might want to do here is hold down the Cmd keyon a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and then click on both images. Next, you can resize that Preview Panel so that you can see both of these images side-by-side. And again, sometimes this can help you make some important corrective or creative decisions about the way that you might process your photographs.
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