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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.
This is a photograph of a really amazing and artistic family. I captured this in their living room, and what I want to do here is have some fun with the overall color, look and feel of this picture. And you know, when you're working with a camera phone, there are so many different apps that you can use in order to apply interesting color effects. Whether you're shooting with Hipstamatic or Instagram or maybe you're just applying a creative filter in Photoshop. Well, we can do some similar things inside of Camera Raw. So let's have some fun with this picture. Here, I'll go ahead and navigate to the Split Toning Panel.
What I'm going to do is I want to change my shadow color. I'm going to change the shadow color so that I have a nice red there. I'm just going to increase the Saturation. Next, we'll bring in some yellow into the highlights, and you know yellow in the highlights works really well with so many different color combinations, whether we're going to change the shadows to blue or maybe to green. You can see we can create these kind of vintage or almost cross-pop process type of looks here with our photographs. Well, what we're really looking to do is to try to dial in just the right type of a look for the image.
Next, go to the Basic Panel. In the Basic Panel, we'll go through a lot of these sliders. We'll make adjustments here just so that the image changes. Here, I'm going to increase the clarity, also deepen the blacks, bring up my shadows. There is no real rhyme or reason to how you want to adjust these controls except you're just looking to do something that's extreme. That's why those camera phone apps are so fun, because it's just so different. It's also a little bit nostalgic. Alright, well, after having done all that, what about a vignette? To add a vignette, we could either go to our fx panel or to our Lens Corrections Panel.
Let's start off at fx. In the Effects Panel, here we can click- and-drag down a little bit of vignetting. And just to kind of show you how this works, I know we've talked about this before, but we can control the overall shape of this, and you can see how I can control the shape, and I can also limit where this is. Let's just push this out to the edge here, and here if we change the shape, we can then also remove a little bit of the feather as you can see so here and then just diminish that. In doing that, we're just darkening those outer edges or maybe we want to brighten them up and change the shape, and here by doing that, you can see how you can create kind of a flare type of a look.
Again, as you work with these vignetting type of options, just have some fun, get a little bit creative, experiment. Well, in my case, rather than brightening, I'm going to darken that and so I'll go ahead and just bring down a little bit of that effect here, just darkening that edge. Finally, you may want to use your adjustment brush. Here, we can click on the Adjustment Brush in the Tools Panel, and then, I'll scroll up to the top. I'm just going to click on Plus for my exposure. You may want to paint in brightness into certain areas of your image, especially when you're using so much contrast and color.
So, we can then scroll down to the bottom, use a little bit of a lower flow amount, a little bit of a smaller brush size, then I'll just paint in a bit of a brightness here on this family, sitting on the couch. I'm just going to paint across this area, looking to try to bring in a little bit more, just a little bit more focus on this, also brighten up the painting there on the wall a little bit. Then, you want to get a little quirky too, just brighten up a few other things. Again, make this a little bit more just kind of curious. Next, we'll add a little bit of clarity and sharpness to those areas as well.
And I think that's a wrap, we had some fun with this photograph. Click on our Zoom Tool and then click on one of these final tabs here, and then when you do that, you can press the P key to see your overall before and after. The trick with all of this of course is to not really hold yourself back. Sometimes, you'll process an image like this and you may not like the results; that's okay. By tinkering or playing or experimenting, it can often lead you to learning how these tools and sliders work, and sometimes, it can help you come up with some creative ways to process your photographs.
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