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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
As I've mentioned, one of the advantages of working with Adobe Camera Raw is that the adjustments that you make are non-destructive. That's especially helpful when you're cropping your photographs. In other words, what you can do is crop your images and not lose any of the information that you have. Rather you can just change the way the information is displayed. Well, let's take a look at how we can crop our images inside of Adobe Camera Raw. There are three images that we are going to be working on here. Let's go ahead and select all three of those by clicking on one and then Shift+Clicking on another.
Next, let's press Command+R on the Mac or Ctrl+R on the PC to open these images up inside of Adobe Camera Raw. Now here we have a portrait of pro surfer Joe Curren. This was an ad for this particular surfboard. Yet, one of the problems with the image is that I don't quite like the perspective. So I want to rotate my crop a little bit. Here is how I'm going to do this. I'm going to go ahead and click on this icon here, which allows me to open up or access the Straighten tool. Next, I'm going to go ahead and click and drag across something that I want to be a little more straight in the image.
In this case, I'm clicking and dragging along this aspect of the train tracks. Now when I do that it's going to automatically create a crop for me, which will try to make that a little bit more straight. Now if I like this crop, I can simply double-click inside of it or press Enter or Return, or I can customize this a little bit further by approaching the corner point and then clicking and dragging, or I can make it a little bit smaller and then reposition it as needed.
Well, in this case, I think that looks pretty good. I'll double-click inside, and now here we have a completely different photograph. If ever I want to change the crop, well, all I need to do is to go back and select the Crop tool again. This time let's say that what I want to do is change the perspective just a little bit here, and then double-click to apply that. Here you can see we've successfully cropped this image and improved the overall composition of this photograph. Let's take a look at a couple of more examples.
I'm going to move down to this photograph of the Senior Creative Director at Adobe, Russell Brown. Russell is a really creative guy. Here again, I notice that the image is a little bit off. Well, again, I can grab that Straighten tool. Go ahead and click and drag across something that I know should be straight, and then press Enter or Return or double-click inside of that crop area. Well, one of the things that you can do with this is that if you don't like your crop, let's say you come to this point, and you realize, you know what, I don't like this.
Well, go ahead and reactivate the Crop tool. Then here if you press the Escape key, it will then remove that crop. I also want to highlight that you can use the Straighten tool for vertical lines as well. If I click and drag across this line, Photoshop will then create a crop, so that that line will be straight. Press Enter or Return and again, I have a very similar straightening effect. All right, let's look at one more image, this last one of pro surfer Timmy Curran.
With this one, all that I want to do is improve the overall impact of the photograph. I don't want to straighten anything. I simply want to crop in order to compose the image in a new way. Well, here, we'll go ahead and click on the Crop tool. Then I'm going to click and drag across the entire image. Next, because I want to maintain the same aspect ratio, I'll hold down the Shift key and I'm going to click and drag one of these corner points. I'm going to do so, so that I can have a much tighter crop.
I'm going to go ahead and reposition this just a little bit right there. Then I'm also going to tilt this just a touch. All right, again, I'm just interested in improving the composition. I'll double-click inside of the crop or press Enter or Return. Now in this case the surfer is much more prominent in the frame. He has taken up more space. It's a little bit more interesting. We're tying into the train perhaps in the background, and the way the tracks are working. In my opinion, I think the composition has been improved.
So one of the things that you can do with this Crop tool is you can use it for functional purposes in order to straighten or level things. You can also use it for other creative purposes as well.
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