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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.
After having applied the Auto Tone and recomposing with the Crop tool, the next thing I want to take a look at is how we can work with the Basic panel. The great thing about Camera Raw is it has a built-in workflow, in other words typically we start off in this tab and we work our way down. One of the ways that we can modify our image is by changing the overall White Balance. You can use these sliders either to cool the image off or to warm it up, and by making these adjustments sometimes you can change the overall characteristic or look of the image.
Once you change these, you notice the White Balance now shows Custom. If you want to go back to the way that was captured originally we will just As Shot and it will take the Temperature amount to that value. Here what I want to do is just change this a little bit by cooling that off just a touch. The image felt just a little bit too warm for me. Next we have Temperature or Tint and here we can add Magenta or Green to the image. Another way that you can change this control is if you add an amount which doesn't look good like here, you can double-click this slider, that will then take it back to its original setting.
Next, let's move down to these controls. In these controls we can control our overall Exposure, let's say want to darken it up a little bit. We could also change the overall amount of the Contrast, let's bring that up a little bit more. And then the Highlights, I want to drag down because the jersey here is too bright. If we click-and-drag this to the left you can see that we now have more detail in this area. Let me exaggerate this so you can kind of see how that slider works. Next we can control the light that we have in our shadows either brightening or darkening those. Now we can work on the other tones, whites and also darks of our shadows.
And so here we are just going to use these sliders to dial-in adjustments which look visually interesting to our eye. Next we have Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation. Clarity allows us to add what's called Midtone Contrast, it kind of adds a little snap to your photograph. So you typically want to add some of this. Yet at the same time Clarity also desaturates your pictures. Let me show you this in an exaggerated way. When I crank this all the way up you see how the image kind of takes on this muted contrast type of a look.
So again just pay attention to that, as you increase your clarity you may also want to bring up a little bit of Vibrance or maybe some Color Saturation to bring the color back a bit. All right, after having made all of these adjustments, I will go back and I will subtly make a few more changes here so that the image looks good. Next, let's look at the preview, let's see how we are doing with this file. To look at the preview or to look at the before-and-after we can click on this icon here or press the P key, this shows us the before, click on it again, now we can see the after and we can see that we are really going in a good direction.
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