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Image adjustment tabs and panels

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

Video: Image adjustment tabs and panels

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.

Image adjustment tabs and panels

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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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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