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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6
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Creative effects with the Graduated Filter


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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

with Chris Orwig

Video: Creative effects with the Graduated Filter

For the most part, you are going to find that using the Graduated Filter is going to be helpful for making corrections. Yet, of course, there are going to be those scenarios where you might be able to have some fun with this particular tool, in order to creatively enhance your photographs and to experiment a little bit with how you could potentially process an image. Let's go ahead and take a look at a couple of creative experiments here. We will press the G key in order to select the Graduated Filter. Now the first thing that I want to do is I want to work on color. So how I am going to do that is I'm going to go ahead and click on the Plus icon for saturation here.
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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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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6
6h 28m Appropriate for all May 24, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Comparing Camera Raw and Photoshop
  • Understanding the differences between raw and JPEG or TIFF
  • Converting to the DNG format
  • Opening an image as a Smart Object
  • Working with the Crop and Straighten tools
  • Color correcting
  • Retouching blemishes
  • Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
  • Reducing noise and sharpening
  • Creative editing in Camera Raw
Subjects:
Photography Raw Processing
Software:
Photoshop Camera Raw
Author:
Chris Orwig

Creative effects with the Graduated Filter

For the most part, you are going to find that using the Graduated Filter is going to be helpful for making corrections. Yet, of course, there are going to be those scenarios where you might be able to have some fun with this particular tool, in order to creatively enhance your photographs and to experiment a little bit with how you could potentially process an image. Let's go ahead and take a look at a couple of creative experiments here. We will press the G key in order to select the Graduated Filter. Now the first thing that I want to do is I want to work on color. So how I am going to do that is I'm going to go ahead and click on the Plus icon for saturation here.

That will then take this to a positive amount of Color Saturation. Next, I'll click on this color chip. I am going to add a nice bright color here and click OK, and then I'll go ahead and click and drag across the bottom of the photograph. Now at this juncture, all that I am trying to do is add a bit of a Hue down here. So I'll go ahead and increase our Color Saturation, go back in the Color Picker, and here we are going to crank this way up so that we have much more intense color. Click OK. Bring up the green dot so we can see more of that purple color. Again, really just changing the overall sunset here and giving it this super vibrant color palette.

We could do the same thing with the sunset right. Again, press the N key. Now click and drag down. Now in this case, this color up top is way too saturated and way too much purple in it. So let's remove the purple. We will go ahead and take that out and then click OK. But here, simply even by adding that amount of color saturation can really boost that sky there. Now in the sky let's add another Hue. So we'll click on the color chip here. What we are going to do is add a little bit of blue to the sky and click OK. And then we'll bring this green point down so we can add some of that blue here. All right.

Well let's press the V key to hide those overlay points. Then press the P key. Here we have our before and then now our after. Now, in this particular example, I have pushed this really far, but again, we're just having some fun here. We are getting creative. We are trying to experiment with some different ways in regards to how we could actually use this tool. All right. Well another thing we could do, of course, is play with focus. Let's click on Clear All to remove all of those settings. Next, what I want to do is click on the Preset for Sharpness.

I'll click on negative Sharpness amount Preset here, and then I'll drag this all the way down, also quite a bit of negative Clarity. Now what I can do with this is simply click and drag across the image, and here you can see that I'm making this area out of focus. Press the V key. That will bring back our tool overlays so we can reposition that as needed, and I'll go ahead and click and drag that out. I can also click and drag from the other side as well to try to create a little bit of a tilt shift type of a look here on this image. And again, I'm just going to reposition this, and then press the V key to hide those overlays, and here we have a very different photograph.

In order of view our before and after, press the P key. Here we have a before and then after. So in closing, of course, the Graduated Filter is great when you need to make some enhancements or corrections to your photographs. But there also is quite a bit of hidden creative potential with this tool. For those of you who are intrepid explorers, who like to create and experiment, I recommend that you test this tool out in some different ways, because I think you might discover there are indeed some really creative ways to use this tool that you possibly haven't considered before.

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