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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.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can use the HSL controls in order to work on this fashion photograph. Well, let's navigate to that panel. We can do so by clicking on the tab here, or on a Mac, you can press Command+Option+4; on Windows, that's Ctrl+Alt+4. Let's say that what I want to do is simply brighten up the skin a little bit, also work on the dress color and the background. What I'm going to do first say is navigate to my Luminance tab. Now I know the skin has a lot of different Reds, Oranges, and Yellows in it, so I'm going to go ahead and modify one of these sliders.
When I modify these sliders, we can see that we can have a darker tone skin, or for that matter, a brighter tone skin, which gives us this little bit of a glow here. I'll go ahead and increase my Reds and Yellows as well. Press the P key. Here's our before, and now our after. Already, the image is looking a little bit better. Yet, a lot of times, when you work with Luminance, you're actually changing colors. For example, here the skin is kind of washed out. Here, it's a little bit muddy. So, again, as we modify the tonality here, we may need to go into our Hue say, for example, and here we can shift this really drastically.
It looks a little bit more green, or a little bit more red, depending on which way we swing this. So we might want to just modify this a touch, in order to add an appropriate amount of a color tone there. We, of course, can go under our Saturation as well and remove color, if we want to do that and have perhaps a little bit more of a muted effect. Okay, I'm going to go back to Hue here, and I'm just going to swing this around until I find a nice combination between these three controls. I think at this point, that's looking pretty good. Let's look at our before and after. Press the P key. There is before, and now, there's after. All right! Well, how then can we work on the dress? We can do the same thing.
We click on Luminance. We can then control the dress brightness amount here. Again, as we do that, it affects the overall color. We can go under Saturation and really add a lot of vivid color there. We can find a nice spot for that. Going into Hue, we can shift this one way or another, depending on the style of the image. I'll just go ahead and shift that a little bit more of that, nice, bright, vivid green. Now, here we can change the background as well, if we want to do that. We can change this so many different ways. We have a lot of control as we tap into these different panels here and modify how this actually works, perhaps, a little bit more of a muted background.
For that matter, we could darken it up a little bit, just to change the mood of this particular photograph. All right. Well, let's take a look at our before and after. Press the P key. Here is before, and now here's after. The nice thing about this is we have so much flexibility. For example, let's say that you don't like the background color. In my opinion, I don't think it looks very good. It looked better in the original color. We'll click on the tab where you made the adjustments. Then double-click the slider control. That will take that back to the default setting, and make your way through, simply double-clicking on these different tabs in order to set this back to that default setting.
Right there, I think that actually looks pretty nice. Let's press the P key. Here we have it, our before, and now, our after.
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