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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 Camera Calibration panel was created to help photographers achieve or create more accurate color. We are going to talk a little bit about that in the next movie. Yet here what I want to do is take a look at another use for this panel, and that is for creating some interesting and distinct colors and color combinations. Let's take a look at how we could process this image in perhaps a distinct way. Maybe what we want to do is process this image so it looks a little bit more vintage, a little bit more like a film photograph or perhaps has a bit of a cross toning or a cross processing aesthetic to it.
Well, how could we do that? What we can do is we can use these different controls here: Shadows, Reds, Greens and Blues, and then we can dial in a particular color effect. For example, let's just increase the Shadow color amount here to something that brings in a nice kind of magenta shift to the image. If you press the P key or click on the Preview before and then after, already the image is taking on a distinct or different look and feel. Next, let's go into our Reds and saturate those and shift the color a little bit.
Again, I'm just moving these sliders just to a point where I like how it looks. Again, press the P key, here is our before and then after. Moving down to the Green slider here, I am going to simply bring up the Greens there. I can work on that Saturation as well. Then this Blue one over here, I might as well just desaturate this, and again, because I'm going for a little bit more of a vintagey feel. All right. Well next, I am going to combine this with some of my other controls. For example, we'll go over to Split Toning, and in Split Toning, what I really want to do here is say I want to add a bit of yellow into my Highlights.
So I am going to go ahead and add those into the Highlights here, just trying to find a nice yellow, and then my Shadows, I'll bring in some blues, and again, just trying to create kind of a interesting toned look here. I just try to find something that might work with this image. Next, I'll go over to the Basic panel. Basic panel, I am going to bring up some Fill Light, little bit of Contrast, little bit of Vibrance there, but we have this really distinct kind of look with the image. I'll increase my Exposure a touch as well, bring up a little bit of recovery, then I'm going over here to my Lens Corrections panel, and then I am going to actually remove some of the vignetting. All right.
Well, at this juncture, we've come to an interesting way that we could potentially process this photograph. Now I am not saying that you have to process your images this way, but what I am trying to do is open up the possibilities of working with Camera Calibration in the controls there in order to come up with some unique and distinct ways to process your photographs. Well, let's go back to the Camera Calibration Tab for a moment. Were all of these adjustments worth it? Well, we can determine that by pressing the P key. Here is our before, and then here is our after.
So yeah sure, these controls allowed us to dial in this particular type of a look, which we then used as a foundation and took it further with some of our other controls. And a lot of times that's what you're going to want to do, right? Use this as a foundational little shift. Other times you may simply completely process your image here with using one of these controls, maybe a little Shadow Tint or shifting the Reds to be a little bit more yellow or a little bit more magenta. We are going to pull out some of the Reds for that matter and to desaturate some of those colors. Let's say that at this juncture, you come up with something you kind of like, like this particular aesthetic here.
What you can do is simply go over to your Presets panel and then click on the New icon. I am going to go ahead and call this one muted -- blue yellow. Well, to apply this preset to another image, or to a set of images, we simply would need to select another image like this one here that hasn't been processed, and then we could go ahead and choose that Preset, and now we have this applied in a different scenario. And what this can do is it can start to bring two different images shot in completely different times, a little bit closer together.
Now there's still a pretty big variation between these two, and what we might want to do then once we've applied this preset, let's say going to the Basic panel, and here I am going to lower the Contrast on this one. I think it needs to be removed there a bit more to add a little bit more of that vintage aesthetic, and then add a bit more Fill Light. Again, just to even things out a bit, but again, we can build off of that. What this can do for us obviously is help us to just get creative, to try something we possibly haven't tried before. Well, the nice thing about this, of course, is that if at any point we don't like the processing of this particular image, hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC.
That will change Cancel to Reset, then we can go ahead and reset all those changes and take this back where it was. Then we can go back to our image, and we could start over again or for that matter, we could always navigate back to those Presets, click on that Preset, and then modify it even further.
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