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Enhancing and correcting your images with more power

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

Video: Enhancing and correcting your images with more power

Now that we know a little bit about the Adobe Camera RAW basic controls, let's take what we've learned and apply it to our photographs. We will be working with this picture here. It's rincon_surfer.dng. To open this one up in Camera RAW, press Command+R on a Mac, or Ctrl+R on Windows. Well, this particular photograph--this portrait--I liked the expression, I liked the composition, yet I want more detail in this area. In order to do that, we could increase the exposure.

Enhancing and correcting your images with more power

Now that we know a little bit about the Adobe Camera RAW basic controls, let's take what we've learned and apply it to our photographs. We will be working with this picture here. It's rincon_surfer.dng. To open this one up in Camera RAW, press Command+R on a Mac, or Ctrl+R on Windows. Well, this particular photograph--this portrait--I liked the expression, I liked the composition, yet I want more detail in this area. In order to do that, we could increase the exposure.

Yet, when we increase the exposure, something happens. This side of the image, well, it becomes too bright. Well, we can modify that by using these controls. Let's--though--first work on the shadows. If we want more detail in our shadows or our blacks, well, we can drag these sliders to the right. We can bring more light into those areas of the image. One of the challenges is that when you brighten an image, you also need to add a bit of contrast; otherwise, it can look a little fake. So here I will go ahead and increase the contrast a little bit as well.

All right. Well, what about the bright side of the frame? Well, here we can use Highlights and Whites. I will go ahead and click and drag this down. You can see how I am bringing more detail into that area of the picture. So as you use these controls, it's a little bit of a give and take using them together. Try to come up with a nice combination. You can also modify them after the fact, after you dial in the amount of contrast you are going to use and also how much of light you are going to bring into the shadows. All right. Well, after having made those adjustments--just a few more here-- I am going to drag my Temperature slider over to the right just to warm this up a little bit as well.

Well, now we can view the before and after by pressing the P key, or by clicking on this icon here for Preview. Here it is, our before and then our after. And by using these controls, it allowed us to create this different type of exposure. And here you can see how these specific controls allow us to tap into different parts of the image. And here's what's really powerful. What's happening with this latest version of Adobe Camera RAW is that it's able to extract more information from the RAW file so that we can swing these sliders-- or move these sliders--in even more dramatic ways.

Also, from the get-go, it's giving us a better starting point. In order to illustrate that, I want to show you another file. All right. Well, let's click Done with this image and go back to the Adobe Bridge. Here I have a demo file or some screen grabs of this image processed in Camera RAW in CS6 and Camera RAW with CS6. Here's the actual photograph. Well, one of the problems with this picture was that the front part of the car had some loss of detail. I used to use this image as a great example of a way to recover highlights.

Well, I open this image up in Adobe Photoshop CS6 Camera RAW and here's what I discovered. Well, in CS5, yes, we had clipping, loss of detail in the front of the car, you can see that by the red highlighted area. In CS6 the same image, yet a different Camera RAW processing engine. Well, that problem is completely solved, and I didn't even do anything. In other words, the way that Adobe Camera RAW taps into the data in that raw file is more intelligent.

It allows you to extract more information out of the file, which gives you a better starting point and also more flexibility when it comes to modifying those photographs.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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