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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.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can use a Camera Calibration Panel in order to come up with some creative color options. I also want to talk about how we can create presets based on these settings and then how we can finish our images off, using the Basic Panel. Well, as you can see here we have Shadows, Reds, Greens, and Blues. We can use these sliders to make subtle or dramatic changes to our photograph. Let's start off with our Shadows. As we click-and-drag to the right, well the image takes on different color characteristics.
Now it's more magenta. Or, we could also make this more green. Well, what about these other sliders as well? Here you can see we can work with our Reds, and as we do that we can shift those Reds, so that they become more Yellow, or so that they lose a little bit of that color. In this case they're becoming a little bit, almost more pink. And as we make these changes, sometimes we'll make pretty subtle adjustments like this. Other times we may want to do something which is just kind of zany or maybe really creative like you can see here. We can control the overall saturation of all of the colors that we're bringing into our photographs.
Well, let's reset all of these settings here by double-clicking the tabs and then let's take a look at a way that we could use these in a more realistic scenario. Well, I have a friend who is an incredibly successful photographer. One of the trademarks in his photographs is that he uses a certain color in his sky and he does that or he creates that by working with the Camera Calibration Panel. He desaturates the Blues a little bit. Next, he modifies the Hue to make that a little bit more Aqua or Cyan and then he also pulls out some of the Reds.
For his photography this is the starting point; this is the color palette that he uses from the get-go. In order to save this as a preset so that you could use it say on other photographs, you can go to the Presets panel. In the Presets panel, click on this little new icon right here and then from the Subset pull down menu, just choose Camera Calibration. I'll Name this preset, muted sky blue, click OK. Well, now that we've dialed in those settings, next up would be to go to the Basic Panel.
Here in the Basic Panel we could then process our image. In this case, adding Contrast and maybe a little bit of Clarity and working with the overall Colors and Density that we see here in this image. By using these techniques together really it's more than just the Basic Panel, it's the Basic Panel in combination with the Camera Calibration, which leads us to coming up with distinct results. Well, how then can we apply this say to another photograph? Well, with another photograph, we could select it and then go straight to the Presets Panel, we'll select our muted sky blue, and then of course jump back to the Basic Panel and here we can modify this image.
In this case I'm just going to modify it by changing the overall look here by using these various sliders and controls. In doing that, again it allows me to come up with this unique color palette. Now what I'm obviously not saying here is that you need to use the settings I just showed you or that you're going to do that on every image like my friend does, but rather what I wanted to highlight is how we can work with color inn a different way by using these different sliders and sometimes by knowing about all of the different color controls that we have in Camera Raw, well it can open up new possibilities for different ways to process and to work on our photographs.
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