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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.
Before we begin to work with Adobe Camera Raw, I thought it would be helpful to step back for a couple minutes and talk about how we can navigate to the different panels. And you know we are going to spend the majority of our time working with these different panels over here in order to make corrections or enhancements to our photographs. And so again, what I want to do is zoom in on the Camera Raw interface, and I really want to focus in on these different panel tabs, because one of the ways that we can navigate to these different areas is simply by clicking on the tab icon. We can also navigate to these by way of a shortcut, and I want to share that shortcut with you simply because it's such a powerful one.
Here is what it is. On a Mac, you can press Option+Command, on Windows you press Alt+Ctrl and then a number. For example, if you press the shortcut with the number 2, it takes you to the second panel, or the Tone Curve panel. If you press 3, it takes you to the Detail panel, and so what I want to do here is simply walk through these panels, so that we can build up our familiarity with these different panels, so that we know what's there, and also so that we know how to get there so that eventually we can use these different controls in order to enhance and improve our photographs.
Let's go ahead and walk through these different options. The first one, panel one here is the Basic panel. This is where we are going to work on Color Temperature, Exposure, Tone, contrasts and also make some other type of color adjustments. The next panel is Tone Curve, and here is where we are able to modify the tonality of our image in some pretty unique ways. Moving on, we then have the ability to work with Sharpening and Noise Reduction, and it's worth pointing out here that these two are grouped together because really they work incredibly well together.
Let me tell you what I mean. For example, if I reduce the noise of my image, it becomes soft, so I then need to sharpen it. If I sharpen my image, I then sometimes exaggerate noise. So I then need to soften it a little bit, or reduce the noise that I brought in. So again, these two groups of sliders work really well together. The fourth one here is HSL and Grayscale, and basically these set of controls allow us to make adjustments based on the overall colors in our photographs. Sometimes the adjustments are just simply brighten an area or to change a color or to shift saturation, other times it may be that we convert to Grayscale.
Let's say we have an image with a blue sky. We could then control the luminance value, or the brightness of that blue, even though that blue has been removed by using these different controls, really fascinating set of controls here. The next one, number five is Split Toning. This allows us to bring a tone or color into the brighter tones or Highlights, and also a color into the deeper tones or Shadows, and here we can kind of create these unique split tone effects. The next option, number six, Lens Correction. This is where we can correct some common occurrences which happen with certain lenses, like wide-angle lenses.
That's Chromatic Aberration or other things we can do here are correct or to enhance our images by working with Lens Vignetting. The next panel is called Effects, and this whole panel is actually new in Camera Raw. And here we have the ability to do something brand-new, which is add film grain and also take advantage of something we've seen before, which is Post Crop Vignetting. In other words, once we've cropped an image we could work on the edges of it, either brightening those or darkening them, and we have a few different styles which are new to Camera Raw, which help us dial in just the right Post Crop Vignette.
Moving right along, the next option we have is Camera Calibration, and here what we can do is tap in a different profiles for our cameras in order to create a more accurate, or correct look of color. We can also use this tab in order to come up with some creative color effects as well. The next one we have is Presets, and this is where we can create, or load, or save our own presets in order to speed up our Camera Raw workflow. The last one that we have here is called Snapshots, number 10. This is where we have the ability to build in a little bit of history into our file.
In other words, we can process our file and take a snapshot, process it a new way, take another snapshot. And we can have these two different snapshots that we can then target and click or highlight in order process our images in some unique ways. All right. Well in summary, the intent of this movie was to simply build up a little bit of familiarity with these different panels and also to highlight the shortcuts that we have that allow us to quickly navigate to these different panels. Now if you don't like shortcuts or if this is a little bit overwhelming, no big deal, because we can simply click on these tabs here in order to navigate to these different locations as well.
And I thought it would be helpful to at least expose you to the shortcut so that you can jot it down and perhaps as you get better and better at Camera Raw, you can refer back to that and then slowly integrate it into your own workflow. The other thing that I want to point out here is you don't actually need to memorize the shortcut. All you need to memorize is these two keys plus a number, because what you can do is press those two keys and then click on the different numbers and eventually you'll find the right panel. All right. Well, that wraps up our conversation here about Adobe Camera Raw and how we can work with and navigate to the various panels.
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