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Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

Video: Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls

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.

Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls

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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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

121 video lessons · 19899 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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