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Finessing and saving changes

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Video: Finessing and saving changes

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how we go about adjusting which thumbnail we are looking at, that is adjusting which image we are looking at in this group of four. We are going to make some additional compensations because this final image need some more help and then we are going to go ahead and save off our changes as metadata. So we go full circle through the Camera Raw experience here, through microcosm since the only thing we are adjusting is White Balance right now, but that is the most important thing, friends. All right, I'm going to press Ctrl++ or Command++ on the Mac to zoom in so that we can see this delightful image up close and personal and then notice that I can press the Down Arrow key, if I want to advance from one thumbnail to another. I don't want to Click on it because if I do that I would select that image by itself and then from that point on, we would only be modifying that image, we wouldn't be modifying any of the other ones.

Finessing and saving changes

In this exercise, I'm going to show you how we go about adjusting which thumbnail we are looking at, that is adjusting which image we are looking at in this group of four. We are going to make some additional compensations because this final image need some more help and then we are going to go ahead and save off our changes as metadata. So we go full circle through the Camera Raw experience here, through microcosm since the only thing we are adjusting is White Balance right now, but that is the most important thing, friends. All right, I'm going to press Ctrl++ or Command++ on the Mac to zoom in so that we can see this delightful image up close and personal and then notice that I can press the Down Arrow key, if I want to advance from one thumbnail to another. I don't want to Click on it because if I do that I would select that image by itself and then from that point on, we would only be modifying that image, we wouldn't be modifying any of the other ones.

So let's go ahead and select all of them there. You can press the Down Arrow key to advance from one image to the next or the Up Arrow key to go to the other direction. See those little warnings up there that little Caution Area icon that keeps popping up. What that's telling you is that Camera Raw is trying to apply your settings to this image. So it's telling you that it's still in the process of updating the image. So we can't trust the image until that goes away. That is you can't trust the image preview. It's just something to note, it doesn't mean anything is wrong. That's why I mentioned it because I get emails all the time from people going, is something wrong? What's this warning all about? Anyway, another thing you can do by the way is you can Alt+Click or Option+Click on one of these thumbnails in order to switch to it because sometimes you might find for example that you have a numerical value active and then if you are pressing the Down Arrow key, you are reducing that value, right, or the Up Arrow key is increasing the value. So you can go right to one of these thumbnails by Alt+Clicking or Option Clicking on it or Alt+Click or Option Click on Heart art_04 and I see you know what, she is far there in the tube on this one than the other photograph, she is right there on the edge of the tube.

So there is plenty of natural light that's shining right on her. But when she is inside the tube like this, my gosh the natural light is gone and she is in the coolest environment possible, you know that outside of the refrigerator here. So we are going to have to adjust that Temperature value independently. So at this point if you decide one of the images needs independent adjustment why then definitely Click on it. In case you don't want to goof up the other ones, you already got them the way you want them. Click on this one independently and then let's warm the heck out of it and notice how much good you can do for these images. I mean it's amazing to me that you have this kind of control inside of Camera Raw and because we are working from that original raw image data, which is I believe in the case of this image is probably 12 bits of data per pixel. Because of that, we have a ton of luminance data to work with here.

And you know what, another interesting thing here if you think about it, there is no control like this in Photoshop proper. There is no White Balance dialog box that allows you to adjust the Temperature and Tint values. The only thing that's analogous to this in Photoshop strictly speaking, I suppose you could say the Variations command will do some of this but if you really want Temperature and Tint control you have to go to the Lab Color mode where A is Tint, the A channel is the Tint channel and the B channel is the Temperature channel and then you have all kinds of control at that point but you have to go to a totally different Color Model in order to accomplish what you can do so very, very easily here.

All right, so I'm going to take this value down a little bit. I have got it up at 29000 degrees kelvin. I'm going to press Shift+Down Arrow a few times until I reduce that value to 25000 degrees Kelvin. Still very high but not quite so over the top and you may disagree, you may decide to go your own way and that's up to you. Then I'm going to Tab down the Tint and it seems to me that she is still got too much magenta going on. Now that we have uncovered the magenta, my goodness, before she was just blue and now I'll press Shift+Down arrow to compensate and take that magenta over into the green. I'm really just trying to neutralize the over abundance of magenta, I'm not trying to add green to the image.

All right, so there is that, awesome. Now what in the world do I do with all this stuff? Well, I have made my changes, how do I save that to the original images? You have got a Cancel button down here, if you Click on that, that will cancel you out of the dialog box, cancel you out of the plug-in, you won't make any changes at all, you will just abandon your changes of course. You will also by the way if press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, you notice that Cancel changes to Reset which would likewise abandon everything that you have done thus far and that will, notice that if I Alt+Click and that Reset by an Option+Click on the Mac, notice that even though just one of these thumbnails is selected, it's going to say, hey! You want to reset all changes including changes to non-selected images? No, you don't my friends. So Click on No right there.

You also have the option of opening the image by Clicking on the Open Image button. That will open just the image that's currently selected, if you wanted to open all the images, you would have to do another Select All right there and then notice that button changes to Open Images and they will all open inside of Photoshop. You can save the images. Now the Save Images button, it's not necessary, you don't have to Click on Save Images in order to save your changes. I know that sounds ludicrous but it's the way it works. But you can Click Save Images if you want to save your modified images right here to a different file format.

So for example, you could decide to save all of your images to JPEG files if you wanted to and that will do a mass saving and you have the option of renaming the files as well, if you decide to go that route. This is also the way you can convert your CR2s and your ORFs and your NEFs and your other proprietary raw camera files to the non- proprietary and open source DNG format which is really, really great and that's how I made all of these DNG images. You could also use Adobe's free DNG Converter and you can get that from adobe.com, it's free. Did I say it was free? I did, it's so free, it's free.

All right anyway, I'm going to cancel out of this because I don't want to do this. There is no reason at this point to save out these images just to save the changes, all I need to do is Click on the Done button and I know that doesn't sound right, because we are not going to open the images, we are just going to return right back to the Bridge. We are not going to do anything in Photoshop but when you Click Done, you actually save those changes to each one of these image files. So the DNG information has been updated. It's all stored in Metadata and if you have your Metadata panel open, here inside of the Bridge, you will see some of those Camera Raw settings. Not a single pixel in this image has been altered.

This is all done parametrically. Right now I'm seeing that White Balance, Temperature and Tint, all have Multiple values, that is the Temperature and Tint values are different between these four images and that's because this one right here, bless her, had to get different settings I'm afraid. But if I were to Ctrl+Click or Command+Click to deselect that specific thumbnail then I'll see 6150 degrees Kelvin for these three images for Temperature, Tint is -5 degrees. So that has been saved, the thumbnails have been updated, you may have to wait a moment for the thumbnails to update, if you are doing a lot at once but in my case it happened liquidy split, very, very quickly. And then finally look at this tiny thumbnail right there, these little sliders that are inside of a circle, that shows you that you have applied custom settings to these files and they will be recognized by Camera Raw, they will be recognized by Lightroom, they will be recognized by any application that can accommodate raw image metadata.

Also by the way Camera Raw is the one that's responsible for the connection between this information and Photoshop and the Bridge. Camera Raw is actually used by the Bridge in order to create these thumbnails. So extraordinary what you can do. In the next exercise, I'm going to show you a different way to correct White Balance that involves a single Click of a single tool, join me.

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Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 22m 32s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced
      1m 43s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 17s
    3. Resetting the function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 37s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      6m 4s
  2. 2h 43m
    1. Highlights, shadows, and midtones
      49s
    2. Low contrast, bad meter
      5m 57s
    3. Auto tone, contrast, and color
      8m 1s
    4. Cache levels and the Histogram palette
      7m 16s
    5. How the auto commands work
      10m 15s
    6. A first look at Levels
      6m 11s
    7. Target colors and clipping
      9m 6s
    8. Modifying input levels
      9m 44s
    9. Adjusting the gamma value
      7m 34s
    10. Previewing clipping
      7m 17s
    11. The futility of output levels
      4m 56s
    12. Channel-by-channel edits
      11m 54s
    13. When levels fail
      4m 34s
    14. A first look at Curves
      8m 46s
    15. Static Curves layer tricks
      7m 45s
    16. Dynamic Curves layer tricks
      7m 25s
    17. Correcting the composite image
      8m 30s
    18. Neutralizing a color cast
      6m 52s
    19. The Target Adjustment tool in Curves
      8m 29s
    20. Correcting an image in Lab
      10m 7s
    21. The Shadows/Highlights filter
      4m 18s
    22. Radius and tonal width
      8m 11s
  3. 1h 48m
    1. Edge-enhancement tricks
      1m 13s
    2. How sharpening works
      3m 48s
    3. The single-shot sharpeners
      4m 29s
    4. The Unsharp Mask filter
      7m 57s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      6m 25s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 47s
    7. Previewing how sharpening will print
      3m 37s
    8. Measuring and setting screen resolution
      6m 56s
    9. Tweaking the screen resolution
      4m 28s
    10. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 23s
    11. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      4m 23s
    12. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      5m 50s
    13. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 16s
    14. When to leave More Accurate off
      3m 48s
    15. When to turn More Accurate on
      4m 23s
    16. The advanced options
      7m 57s
    17. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 23s
    18. Accounting for camera shake
      7m 7s
    19. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      9m 8s
  4. 2h 16m
    1. Why would you blur?
      1m 8s
    2. Fading after an undo
      3m 27s
    3. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      5m 43s
    4. The linear Box Blur
      3m 6s
    5. Add Noise vs. Median
      4m 50s
    6. Despeckle vs. Dust & Scratches
      6m 31s
    7. Smart Blur vs. Surface Blur
      8m 13s
    8. The Motion Blur filter
      4m 33s
    9. Radial Blur's Spin and Zoom variations
      5m 48s
    10. Mixing filtered effects
      3m 56s
    11. The "Captain Kirk in Love" effect
      5m 4s
    12. Diffusing focus with Blur and Overlay
      8m 50s
    13. Simulating Vaseline and film grain
      8m 2s
    14. Filling a layer with a neutral color
      2m 55s
    15. Old-school contrast reduction
      3m 39s
    16. Three steps to diffused focus
      7m 36s
    17. Averaging skin tones
      9m 45s
    18. Addressing the stubborn patches
      5m 26s
    19. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      6m 1s
    20. Blurring surface details
      3m 2s
    21. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      8m 6s
    22. Reducing digital noise
      8m 47s
    23. Striking a smooth/sharpen compromise
      4m 36s
    24. Smoothing over JPEG artifacts
      7m 38s
  5. 2h 31m
    1. Independent layers of color adjustment
      1m 7s
    2. Undersea color channels
      4m 2s
    3. Inventing a Red channel with Lab
      8m 20s
    4. Mixing color channels
      6m 55s
    5. Making shadows with Levels
      7m 5s
    6. Applying small color adjustments
      6m 0s
    7. Further modifying Levels in Lab
      8m 50s
    8. Creating a dynamic fill layer
      4m 38s
    9. Brushing and blending color
      4m 42s
    10. Working with "found masks"
      7m 31s
    11. Saturation, sharpen, and crop
      8m 9s
    12. Mixing a monochromatic image
      7m 2s
    13. Masking an adjustment layer
      4m 45s
    14. Working with Opacity and blend modes
      3m 39s
    15. Adding a black-and-white adjustment
      5m 53s
    16. The Target Adjustment tool in black and white
      6m 12s
    17. Tinting a monochrome photo
      3m 19s
    18. Introducing Gradient Map
      4m 17s
    19. Adjusting both color and luminance
      5m 44s
    20. Infusing elements with different colors
      6m 22s
    21. Adjustment layers as creative tools
      4m 33s
    22. Inverting and brightening the background
      5m 14s
    23. Blurring live, editable type
      5m 43s
    24. Hue, saturation, and darkness
      6m 51s
    25. Filling type with a color adjustment
      3m 24s
    26. Using one adjustment to modify another
      3m 21s
    27. Breathing color into the title
      3m 38s
    28. The Hue/Saturation humanoid
      3m 44s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 23s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 16s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 46s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      6m 4s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 8s
    7. Darken, Multiply, and the Burn modes
      6m 33s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with Fill
      4m 43s
    9. Saving a blended state
      4m 18s
    10. Lighten, Screen, and the Dodge modes
      8m 22s
    11. Linear Burn = Add minus white
      5m 31s
    12. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 52s
    13. Fill Opacity takes priority
      6m 19s
    14. Difference and exclusion
      5m 21s
    15. Using difference for golden highlights
      4m 2s
    16. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 8s
    17. The brush-only modes: Behind and Clear
      10m 31s
    18. Layer groups and the Pass Through mode
      8m 54s
  7. 1h 53m
    1. It's all about the presentation
      58s
    2. Moving a layer a specific number of pixels
      6m 59s
    3. Adding a pixel mask to a layer
      5m 48s
    4. Editing a layer mask
      7m 19s
    5. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      6m 19s
    6. Introducing the Advanced Blending options
      4m 45s
    7. Using the luminance blending sliders
      7m 26s
    8. Forcing through underlying luminance
      4m 32s
    9. Masking with a path outline
      5m 45s
    10. Refining a mask from the Masks palette
      7m 18s
    11. Creating and modifying a layer group
      3m 29s
    12. Establishing a knockout group
      5m 29s
    13. Fixing last-minute problems
      6m 23s
    14. Introducing layer comps
      6m 40s
    15. Exploring layered states
      6m 43s
    16. Deleting layers and updating comps
      6m 18s
    17. Saving a basic composition
      6m 21s
    18. Assigning and saving appearance attributes
      7m 15s
    19. Layer comps dos and don'ts
      7m 27s
  8. 1h 56m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
      56s
    2. Establishing default formatting attributes
      4m 5s
    3. Saving formatting attributes as a preset
      8m 5s
    4. Making a point text layer
      6m 18s
    5. Editing size and leading
      6m 44s
    6. Working with vector-based text
      6m 12s
    7. Formatting area text
      4m 16s
    8. Creating a layer of area text
      3m 20s
    9. Resizing the text frame
      4m 34s
    10. Changing the anti-aliasing setting
      3m 58s
    11. Obscure but important formatting options
      6m 31s
    12. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      8m 44s
    13. Creating a cast shadow
      6m 1s
    14. Blurred shadows and beveled text
      7m 16s
    15. Drawing a path outline
      4m 51s
    16. Creating type on a path
      6m 39s
    17. Flipping text across a circle
      3m 18s
    18. Vertical alignment with baseline shift
      4m 16s
    19. Warping text
      4m 57s
    20. Scaling your text to taste
      3m 33s
    21. Applying a custom warp
      6m 24s
    22. Creating an engraved text effect
      5m 11s
  9. 2h 17m
    1. Bending an image to fit your needs
      53s
    2. Creating a canvas texture
      6m 48s
    3. Masking objects against a white background
      5m 42s
    4. Scaling an image to fit a composition
      8m 9s
    5. Aligning one layer to fit another
      3m 51s
    6. Changing the Image Interpolation
      8m 10s
    7. Merging faces
      5m 32s
    8. Rotating the first clock hand
      7m 17s
    9. Adding hands and pasting styles
      6m 40s
    10. Series duplication in Photoshop
      4m 35s
    11. Masking objects against a black background
      6m 34s
    12. Skews and perspective distortions
      7m 57s
    13. Envelope-style warps
      9m 2s
    14. Old-school distortion filters
      8m 50s
    15. Introducing the Liquify filter
      4m 9s
    16. Reconstructing an image
      6m 55s
    17. Using the Warp tool
      5m 16s
    18. The Pucker and Bloat tools
      5m 53s
    19. Push, Turbulence, and Twirl
      6m 41s
    20. The Freeze and Thaw mask tools
      5m 45s
    21. Saving and loading a mesh file
      3m 59s
    22. Creating and applying a texture layer
      8m 30s
  10. 1h 28m
    1. Effects vs. styles
      1m 11s
    2. Of layer styles and masks
      4m 37s
    3. Everything about drop shadow
      8m 2s
    4. Adding a directional glow
      4m 39s
    5. Colorizing with Color Overlay
      5m 18s
    6. Stroke and fill opacity
      5m 48s
    7. Creating a multicolor Outer Glow
      9m 22s
    8. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      7m 48s
    9. Contour and Texture
      4m 35s
    10. Simulating liquid reflections
      6m 28s
    11. Saving layer styles
      6m 18s
    12. Applying and appending styles
      4m 36s
    13. Saving and swapping style presets
      3m 16s
    14. The five effect helpers
      3m 47s
    15. Blending the effect before the layer
      5m 1s
    16. Colorizing a signature
      3m 30s
    17. Clipping an effect with a mask
      4m 5s
  11. 1h 50m
    1. Welcome to the digital darkroom
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw in the Bridge
      5m 44s
    3. The Camera Raw 5 interface
      4m 39s
    4. Adjusting the white balance
      5m 0s
    5. Finessing and saving changes
      7m 55s
    6. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 43s
    7. Working with the Exposure controls
      7m 34s
    8. Straightening and cropping a raw image
      5m 53s
    9. Applying automatic exposure adjustments
      6m 6s
    10. Exposure warnings
      5m 44s
    11. Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation
      4m 47s
    12. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 33s
    13. Dodging with the Adjustment brush
      9m 24s
    14. Tone Curve adjustments
      6m 54s
    15. Using the Spot Removal tool
      2m 48s
    16. Removing noise and sharpening detail
      4m 5s
    17. Adjusting HSL values
      4m 18s
    18. Adjusting luminance, color by color
      4m 14s
    19. Black and white and split toning
      5m 16s
    20. Camera Raw tips and tricks
      7m 32s
    21. Correcting JPEG and TIFF images
      4m 42s
  12. 57s
    1. Until next time
      57s

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