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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.
Now that we know a little bit about working with the Graduated Filter, here I want to take a look at how we can create multiple adjustments and how we can do so by way of a shortcut and I also want to explore how we can come up with some creative effects with this photograph. So let's press the G key to select this tool. The next thing that I want you to do is to go ahead and click on your Saturation slider and just click on the Plus icon. We're going to increase the color saturation in the sky; I don't want to increase it quite that much, so I'll bring this down.
I will bring in a little bit of blue and also a bit of a magenta color shift there, and here we'll just click and drag across the sky. I'm interested in having these really bright, vibrant colors. Take a look; here's our before, now here's our after. We could even go further with this by dragging these sliders out more in order to bring in more color into that area of the photograph. Well now that we've done that, I also want to work on the foreground. In order to create a new Graduated Filter, just like with the Adjustment Brush, you can press the N key, that will then give you the ability to have some new settings.
Here, we'll click on the Saturation adjustment slider, the Plus icon there just so we have a little bit of saturation and then I want to cool this off and we'll click and drag up. This will give us the ability to bring out a lot of those blues in that area of our photograph. In doing that, if we look at that before and after, we have this nice really vibrant color palette here. Another thing we might want to do is work with the overall sharpness. Maybe we want to create kind of a tilt shift type of effect. Again, press the N key to select New.
Next here, let's decrease our Sharpness. This time I am going to click and drag and in doing that, you can see that what's happening is I'm clicking and dragging this way so that much of the image is out of focus. I don't necessarily need my Saturation and Temperature amounts. So I'll double-click those sliders as we can do all over Camera Raw; when you double-click the Slider tab, it will then go back to that default setting. In this way, I'm creating kind of this blur or out of focus look here on this side of the image. I also want to do the same on the other; just press the N key and then click and drag.
In doing that, you can see it's almost like we have this tilt shift, just a small area of focus. Of course, now, it's impossible to see the picture with all of these overlays. To hide those, press the V key. After having done that, press the P key or click on the Preview button, here's before and then here's after. Part of the reason why I wanted to include this last image in this last project here was to get you thinking about how you might use this tool in creative ways, because typically, you're going to use it to make corrections, yet just because it works well with corrections, doesn't mean that it can't help you out to come up with some creative ways to process your images as well.
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