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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
When it comes to making changes to your photographs that are related to color, the HSL panel gives us some fascinating controls. So here we'll start off with this demo file. We'll jump over to the HSL panel by clicking on the fourth tab. You can see we have different sub-tabs; Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. Let's start off with Hue. What does this actually do? Well, Hue allows us to shift color; we can make this red more orange, or we can make it a little bit more magenta.
By dragging this slider, we can actually change the color in our photograph, as you can see here in this before and after. And what's interesting about this is we can change these colors, so that we can change the overall mood or feeling, or really, we can change our vision for our photographs by using these sliders. To reset any of these Hue sliders, just click on Default. Next, we have Saturation. This is really straightforward; we can either increase or decrease saturation, and in this way, we could remove a lot of the saturation from a number of the different colors, so that only a few remain.
Again, we can click on Default. Well, how then does Luminance fit into the picture? Well, luminance has to do with brightness value. Here we can either darken or brighten up those oranges and as we make those changes, you can see how it's affecting that real specific area of our picture. Another way that we can work with these controls is with the targeted adjustment tool. You can click on that here in the Tools panel. Next, when you're in one of these tabs, you can go ahead and click and drag and whatever tab you're in, it will then make the change for that tab.
Here you can see I'm dragging to either increase or decrease saturation. Or we can go to the Hue tab and than hover over a color and then click and drag and you can see how we can then change the hue of that area. Well, now that we've seen how these controls and also how the targeted adjustment tool basically works, let's go ahead and take this knowledge and apply it to working on a photograph and let's do that in the next movie.
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