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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.
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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