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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.
Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can do something that we would have previously done inside of Photoshop, and that is dodging, or brightening up an area of our photograph. Let's zoom into 100%. We can do so by double-clicking the Zoom tool. Then press Spacebar key to click and drag, so we can focus in on the face. In particular, what I want to do is I want to brighten up these shadow areas around the eyes here. Now, these shadows are the result of shooting in a day when it was overcast, really nice, soft light. We just have some shadows that are trapped in right there.
Let's press the K key to select the Adjustment Brush. Next thing we want to do is increase our Exposure. So, I'll go ahead and click and drag this to the right. Now, how far we go isn't that important, because we can always modify this after the fact. Next, let's hover over the image. Currently, you can see that I have a pretty small brush. Well, if I press the Left Bracket key, I'm going to make it smaller. Then all of a sudden, it disappears. I can't make a brush that's small enough. So, what do we do here? Well, all that you need to do is to zoom farther in on the image.
Now here you'll notice that what was once a big brush, now seems smaller in relationship to the zoom size. So, just keep that in mind that one of the ways to change your brush size, so to speak, is to change your zoom rate. All right. Well, now that I've zoomed in pretty far here, I'm going to go ahead and make this even smaller. Take a little bit less Feather there. Then maybe just a touch bigger on my brush, just a little bit more Feather actually. Okay, well, now that we've dialed this in, what I want to do is lower my Flow. Typically, when you're working with light, you want to have a really low Flow amount.
What I'm going to do is simply begin to paint over this area of the image. Now, you'll notice that I have Auto Mask turned off. I definitely don't want that on right now. I simply want to paint over the entirety of this area. I'll do a little bit on the eyes as well, while I'm here. A lot of times what will happen when we're doing work like this is we'll go a little bit too far. For example, we can see that area right there. It's a little bit too intense. I need to erase what I've done. To erase, you simply hold down Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, or you can click on this Erase option here.
Then I'll go ahead and paint over that area. I'll go back and forth, because I have a low Flow amount to bring that back in. All right. Well, so far so good. Let's see how we're doing. I'll zoom out a little bit. Press the V key to hide that pin, because that pin is very distracting. Then press the P key to toggle my Preview on and off. Here's our before. Press again. There is after. All right, so far so good! Let's go ahead and just keep painting around here. I'm just going to brighten this up a touch more. Try to create some nice, smooth and soft transitions and just bring in a little bit of Brightness to this area of the face.
I'm going to go through and just work on a couple other little spots that I think I could use a touch of brightening, and over here, as well. Okay, great! Let's look at our before and after. Press the P key. Here we have it: before and then after. Of course, what you can always do is simply dial in your Exposure amount. If you want to add more, you can click and drag to the right. If you want to add a little bit less, little more subtle effect, click and drag to the left, and here I'll add a touch of Brightness as well and just a bit of Contrast.
When you brighten, you're actually losing a little bit of dimension. So sometimes, you need to bring back a touch of that Contrast there. I'm also going to soften this area out just a little bit, so it's a little bit smoother there. Then click on my Preview. There we have it: before, and then now, after. Now, this amount is a little bit higher than I'm comfortable with. But for demo purposes, I think it helps you see how you can begin to use this in order to correct specific areas. If it were an actual file I was going to print, I would probably just lower it down just a touch more there, so it was a little bit more subtle.
I want to keep this adjustment really subtle and clean. All right! Well, that's looking good. That wraps up our conversation about how we can dodge with the Adjustment Brush.
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