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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.
One of the things that happens quite often in photography is that we will have an Exposure which is correct in one area and which isn't correct in another. Like with this image, for the most part the Exposure on the truck here is okay, but the sky is a little bit bright, and the foreground perhaps is a little bit bright as well. What we can do to correct this is use a tool which is called the Graduated Filter. We can click on this tool here, or we can press the G key in order to select it. Now, once you click on that, you will notice that we have the same type of controls that we have with our Adjustment Brush.
That's really fascinating, isn't it? We can work with Exposure, Brightness, Contrast, and so on. Well, let's say that what we want to do here is darken the sky. Let's click on the Preset for a Negative Exposure. That will then take that down. I will go ahead and decrease this perhaps a little bit more. Next, what I am going to do with this tool is hover over my image and click and drag. And as I click and drag, you are going to see two different points and two different checkered lines. Now, the green point is showing you where this adjustment is hitting its full intensity, and then it's slowly softening or backening off to this red point, and this red-and-white checkered line.
We can then approach this and click on this point and rotate this one way or another. As you can see, I am doing here. Now, if ever we want to move this green point, we will click on that, and then you can drag that one as well. You can see if the two points are close together, there isn't much of a transition. The further apart they are, the more transition there is between those two areas in the photograph. The nice thing about this is we can then have this nice smooth transition, where a sky is indeed a little bit darker. Let's make it a touch more darker so we can see that, and then it slowly softens out to where it's not affecting the image at all down here.
Let's press the P key to view our before and after. Here is our before, and now here is our after. Already the image is looking much better. We can also work with the Color Saturation a little bit there, add just a touch of Brightness and Contrast in that area of the sky. We may also want to add a bit of color. Sometimes when you darken things, you affect the overall tone. Let me exaggerate. When I go ahead and decrease this all the way, the sky becomes black. When I increase this, the sky becomes white. So again, I am definitely directly affecting the Color, or the Tone, of the sky.
In this case, to add color, click on that Color Chip, and in this Color Picker window, we can experiment with trying out different colors. And it's going to be kind of tricky to find the right color, or the right blue. Sometimes it's going to be just a little tiny tint of color, which brings back that nice blue tone there in the sky, especially because we darkened that. Here I will click OK in order to apply that. Next, I am going to lower my brightness. I think that was a little bit too strong. And now what I want to do is hide this Overlay. This Overlay is really distracting.
So I will press the V key. That will then toggle on or off the Show Overlay Option. You can also simply click on this icon here to either Show or Hide that Overlay. Now, once we have created this effect, we can also stack this effect up. Let me show you what I mean. I will press the N key in order to create a New Adjustment. Well, now what I am going to do is go ahead and click and drag once again. You can see that what I am doing here is I am overlapping two adjustments on top of themselves. Well, in this case, the Blue Tone isn't working. So we will click on that Color Chip, change this back to white and click OK.
And here we can then have another control where we are working on the sky. We could change the overall position of this, or the angle, and in some ways, sometimes by adding these together, you can then create an effect that really controls the sky in an interesting way. For that matter, you can also have these in different positions. Let's say we want to work on the foreground here. Press the N key for New and then go ahead and click and drag across the foreground here. And in this case, all that I am doing is just darkening up that foreground a little bit. I will add a touch of Contrast here, and then I am going to Desaturate, so I don't have quite so much color, and then I will reposition this until I can find a nice sweet spot here, just darkening up that foreground. All right.
Well, let's press the V key to hide all of those Overlays. Then let's press the P key to look at our before and after. Here we have it before, and then now, after. If ever we notice that one of our adjustments needs to be changed, well, just show those Overlays and then simply click in the adjustment that you want to change. For example, I will click in this one here. Let's say that I have decided I don't need it. We will press the Delete key. Now that is completely gone. Or if you want to make more subtle adjustments, click on the Overlay icons here, and in this case we can simply modify these adjustments by dragging our sliders one way or another. All right.
Well, let's take look at the overall before and after one more time. Press the V key to hide the Overlay, then press the P key. Here we have it before and then now, after.
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