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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.
There is a tool inside of Adobe Camera Raw which allows us to hand paint in adjustments into specific areas of our photograph. And this tool is called the Adjustment Brush. And what we're going to do here is take a look at how this tool works. We're going to also pick up a few tips and tricks and shortcuts that will help us use this tool more effectively. All right. Well for starters, we can select the tool by clicking on it in the Toolbar up top, and here you can see I simply have a demo file called adj_brush.jpg. When I hover over this demo file we can see that there are two concentric circles.
We'll talk about those in the minute, but first, let's take a look at the Adjustment Brush options over here. We can dial in any different type of adjustment or combination of these different controls here. Let's say we want to increase the Exposure. I'll go ahead and click and drag this to the right. Well next, what I'm going to do is go ahead and leave the rest of these as is, make my way down to these controls: Size, Feather, Flow and Density. What are these all about? Well, Size is kind of interesting. As we increase this and then hover over the background graphic, you can see my brush is bigger, or as I decrease it, it's now much smaller.
All right. Well, what about the next option, Feather? Let me show you how Feather works. I'm going to go ahead and click and paint here, and I'm simply clicking and dragging down. Here you can see the adjustment starting in that center circle, and then extend it out and beyond the black-and-white checkered circle. Well, why is that? Well, that's because I've a really high Feather amount. Now if I decrease the Feather amount, or remove it altogether, and go ahead and do the same brushstroke, here you're going to see that this is much more rigid, much harder edge.
You can think of this a lot like having a hard edge or a soft edge brush inside of Photoshop. Okay, well, what about Flow? How does that work? Well, Flow is really interesting. If we go ahead and lower our Flow amount, what we can do is, with one brushstroke, we're going to just paint in this affect a little bit. Paint back and forth, and we can slowly build up this effect. Let's increase our Feather so we can see this even more, and I'll decrease the Flow amount, so it becomes even more dramatic here. All right. I'll make my Brush Size a little smaller as well. Well, now here is one brushstroke, and then two, and then three, four, five, six, seven, and you can see that I'm slowly building this effect up, as I paint back and forth more and more times.
So some people like to call Flow Flowpacity, because it kind of has to do with Opacity and Flow in Photoshop. It's almost a combination of those two features, if you're familiar with them. In other words, what this does is it just simply allows us to scale back the intensity of our brushstroke. Now what about Density? Well, Density controls your overall intensity. In order to showcase that, I'm going to click on this little pin right here and press the Delete key. That will hide all of those different brushstrokes. Well, next what I want to do is I want to go ahead and increase my Exposure significantly here, and now just take up my Flow a little bit, make my Brush Touch smaller, and dial this in.
Okay, well right now, I'm going to go ahead and paint back and forth. As I paint back and forth, we can see that this is brightening this image to this state here. Well, if I decrease my Density and then paint back and forth, it doesn't matter how many times I paint back and forth. It will never become that bright. In other words, Density, you can think of this as controlling the overall intensity of all of these different controls, as well as our Brush Size settings. All right. Well, now that we're a little bit familiar with how this Adjustment Brush works, let's go ahead and take a look at a few shortcuts that can help us out, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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