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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.
Here we are going to go ahead and take a look at the Camera Calibration panel. Now this isn't a panel that many of us go to very often. Yet nonetheless, I thought it'll be helpful to deconstruct this one a little bit so we can figure how we can take advantage of the controls over here. Well for starters, we will go ahead and click on that Camera icon. We first want to talk about our Process Options. We can either choose 2010 or the current Adobe Camera Raw Processing, or many of our images, when we open them up, will have the older version of processing here, say 2003.
When I select that, you'll notice that there's an exclamation point down here. Well what's this all about? What's happening here is this is telling us that this image was processed in a previous version of Adobe Camera Raw. If that is, we open our image up and we see this little exclamation point. Well in that case what Adobe Camera Raw is going to do is say hey you know what I'm not going to update this file to the latest and greatest Camera Raw technology, Noise Reduction, Sharpening, all those things. I'm going to leave it as is. And you may want to leave the file as is simply if you want consistency with how you've previously processed the file.
On the other hand, most likely what you're going to want to do is update this to the latest and greatest. So you have the ability to take advantage of the new demosaicing algorithm, the Noise Reduction, the stuff with Lens Corrections, all these things have been improved. Well if we want to do that, simply click on the exclamation point. That will update the process version, or you can always just select that right here from this pulldown menu. All right. Well next let's go to Camera Profile. What we are going to do with Camera Profile is we can select different profiles, or kind of starting points for our photographs.
Now these are never going to be perfect, but color, for that matter, is never perfect. There is no such thing as accurate or perfect color, rather it's color relationships and what happens is is how our camera renders or creates color is going to be different from camera to camera, from manufacturer to manufacturer. In Camera Raw, what we are trying to do here is find color that works well for the intent of the photograph. So one of things that's interesting to do is to just click through all of these different options. Now as I do this, we are going to see pretty significant differences here.
Let's say we go to this Standard or Faithful. Well this is going to be a pretty muted color palette. To see the before and after, press the P key. Here is before and here is after, a little bit more muted. Well, the one right after this is really going to bring up our Color Saturation, make everything nice and vibrant. And then we can continue to go through these options and just see what particular profile works well with this image. Now let's say I want to go for something pretty saturated, maybe like this. I'll press the P key. Here is my before. Press the P key again. Here is my after.
Or let's say I want to take it those bright vivid colors of Camera Landscape. Again, here is before, and then here is after. What I can do is I can use this as a starting point. I can then of course, go to my other panels, like let's say the Basic panel. Here I could change the Color Temperature, if I want to warm this up even more or cool it off. I could also go ahead and process the image as I see fit. Now in order to see the entire before and after, what I am going to need to do is go to either the Presets or the Snapshots panel.
Once in Presets, I'll then press the P key. And when you press the P key, it toggles your Preview on and off. So here we have before, and now here we have after, simply by starting off by choosing that particular profile. So again just to reiterate, what profile you actually choose is really going to be contingent upon your overall intent, what type of color you like, what type of color you think looks best.
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