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Improving a portrait with lens corrections

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

Video: Improving a portrait with lens corrections

Now that we know a little bit about working with our Lens Corrections panels, let's apply our skills to working on this photograph. We'll start off in the Profile tab and here we're going to click on the option for Enable Lens Profile Corrections. In doing that, you can see that this is removing some of the subtle distortion that we have from this lens; this is a 35 mm lens. And by removing that distortion it just creates a little bit more of a correct perspective which is especially helpful when we're photographing a person. Next, you also notice that it's brightening up these edges as well.

Improving a portrait with lens corrections

Now that we know a little bit about working with our Lens Corrections panels, let's apply our skills to working on this photograph. We'll start off in the Profile tab and here we're going to click on the option for Enable Lens Profile Corrections. In doing that, you can see that this is removing some of the subtle distortion that we have from this lens; this is a 35 mm lens. And by removing that distortion it just creates a little bit more of a correct perspective which is especially helpful when we're photographing a person. Next, you also notice that it's brightening up these edges as well.

Now if we want to increase the brightening effect on the vignetting around the edges, we can click and drag this to the right. You can see here how I can control those edges with this slider, either bringing them up back to the original state or removing that even further. The same thing is true with Distortion. Here's how the image was captured, and now here is after we've removed it and we can dial in even more distortion removal. Well with this picture these adjustments look really nice, but I want to make even a few more. So we'll go over to our Manual tab. One of the things that I notice is that the subject is a little bit over to the left in the frame and this shoulder here is extending too far to the right of the frame.

So I'm going to change my horizontal axis. To do that, I'm going to go ahead and click and drag to the left. You can see how it's almost like I'm turning the subject around a little bit. It's almost as if we asked the subject just to rotate her shoulders a little bit back. By doing that, I'm able to correct this little problem here. Next I also want to remove just a little bit more distortion, that will then correct that, and then I'm going to click my Vertical slider, and drag this to the left. This will stretch the photograph out just a bit. Now all of these adjustments, they're pretty minor.

So let's then finish this off by modifying our scale and then we'll look at our before and after. Here I'm going to change the scale so I can kind of zoom in on the picture. If we click on our Preview button, you can see here is our before, click again, there is our after. Let me zoom in a little bit more closely so you can focus in on the face and see how it's affected this part of the photograph. Here is that before, now here is the after. Another way we might want to modify this image is by using this Vignetting control slider here. Here I'll zoom back out and now that we can see more of the image and let me double-click say the Hand Tool, so it fits in view, we can then add more vignetting, here I can darken those edges.

And by darkening the edges, you can see it's bringing focus into the center of the frame. If I want even it even more focused on the center I can drag my Midpoint to the left, so now this darkening effect is really all around this area, or conversely we can have that brighten up those areas, and then again that Midpoint it controls how far out that effect or how far in I should say that effect extends into the center of the frame. Now, to reset these I'll double-click the Amount icon and what I want to do is just brighten up those edges there just a little bit more.

Alright, well now that we've made those adjustments, again in this case pretty subtle adjustments, we can see that overall before and after by clicking on the Preview icon. Here is before and then click again, here is after. And what you'll discover is that you can use these Lens Correction Controls in order to make really dramatic changes to your photographs, as we saw in the previous movie. Or other times, you may be interested in making those subtle yet significant changes, like we've made here with this photograph in this movie.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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