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Introducing the new basic tone controls

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Video: Introducing the new basic tone controls

For photographers, perhaps some of the most exciting new features inside of Photoshop CS6 are located in Adobe Camera RAW. Adobe Camera RAW allows us to non-destructively correct, enhance, and process our pictures in some incredibly powerful ways. Let's start off by taking a look at how we can work with Adobe Camera RAW with this photograph here, it's titled wedding.dng. Go ahead and select that photograph and then press Command+R on the Mac, Ctrl+R on Windows.

Introducing the new basic tone controls

For photographers, perhaps some of the most exciting new features inside of Photoshop CS6 are located in Adobe Camera RAW. Adobe Camera RAW allows us to non-destructively correct, enhance, and process our pictures in some incredibly powerful ways. Let's start off by taking a look at how we can work with Adobe Camera RAW with this photograph here, it's titled wedding.dng. Go ahead and select that photograph and then press Command+R on the Mac, Ctrl+R on Windows.

One of the first things you almost always want to do in Camera RAW is go to the full screen mode. You can do so by clicking on this icon here or by pressing the F key. All right. Well, once you are in the full screen mode, what I want to highlight is that the controls in Adobe Camera RAW have changed, in particular the controls for the basic panel. If you look at these controls, you'll notice that the names have changed. Now it's not just that they've renamed things, but really they've reworked the Adobe Camera RAW engine so that it's able to extract much more information out of your file.

Well, here what we can do is we can use these controls or sliders to change the picture. To increase the exposure, click and drag to the right. To increase the contrast, again, drag to the right. To decrease that, move that to the left. If ever you want to reset one of these values, we'll simply double-click that slider and it will take it back to the default setting. And that brings me to a really important point. You'll notice that by default, all of these sliders, all of these controls, they are zeroed out.

In the previous version of Camera RAW, they were really all over the map, so it was hard to know where to begin. All right. So here we can see we have Exposure and Contrast, then we have Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks. What's this about? Well, if we work with highlights-- again clicking and dragging to the right-- the highlights or the brighter whites become whiter, or drag to the left, then what we are going to be able to do is to recover some detail on some of those highlights. To see the before and after, you can click on that Preview button. So here is before, and now here is after.

We have more detail in this area of the image. We can also do something which is a little bit less intense by decreasing that amount. All right. Well, what about Shadows? Drag to the right, the shadows become brighter. Drag to the left and they become darker. So here again, we can recover or bring in some shadow detail by dragging this to the right. Then we have Whites and Blacks. These work in a very similar way. Drag the Whites to the right, you can see how again I'm brightening up those whites, or I am bringing them down.

In this case, these have a little bit of a broader reach compared to Highlights and Shadows but still work in a very similar way. Now because of that, I think it's helpful to really try to understand these controls, because they have new names, they work in new ways. What I want to do is take a look at a demo file, which is a grayscale, and I want to see if we can't reverse engineer or deconstruct how these sliders actually work. So here what we are going to do is go ahead and apply these adjustments by clicking Done, and then in the next movie we will take a look at how we can modify this particular demo file, grayscale.jpg.

All right, I'll see you in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers New Features

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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
  2. 12m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with and customizing the interface
      3m 26s
    2. Arranging photos and choosing Screen Mode options
      2m 6s
    3. Selecting a workspace
      2m 47s
    4. Introducing Auto-Save and Background Save
      4m 4s
  3. 8m 23s
    1. Creating a contact sheet in Bridge or Photoshop
      4m 2s
    2. Working with Mini Bridge
      4m 21s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Introducing the new basic tone controls
      3m 18s
    2. Learning about the basic controls
      3m 42s
    3. Enhancing and correcting your images with more power
      3m 35s
    4. Updating the processed version of legacy files
      3m 11s
    5. Adding midtone contrast with a better Clarity control
      4m 20s
    6. Utilizing the new Adjustment Brush features
      4m 59s
    7. Painting away moiré patterns
      2m 40s
    8. Making precise adjustments with the Point Tone Curve panel
      3m 39s
    9. Using lens corrections to remove color fringing
      1m 59s
  5. 28m 49s
    1. Applying layer style effects to a group
      2m 24s
    2. Working with groups and filtering
      7m 50s
    3. Blending and renaming layers
      5m 46s
    4. Free transforming a layer with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      5m 28s
    5. Filtering and finding layers
      4m 15s
    6. Using a shortcut to change the fill and opacity of a layer
      3m 6s
  6. 12m 37s
    1. Adding Field Blur
      3m 24s
    2. Working with Iris Blur
      3m 55s
    3. Enhancing photographs with the Tilt-Shift Blur tool
      5m 18s
  7. 21m 24s
    1. Making content-aware corrections with the Patch tool
      4m 33s
    2. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 3s
    3. Making effective selections for Content-Aware Move
      6m 54s
    4. Finishing the project and extending the canvas
      2m 54s
  8. 43m 29s
    1. Using the Properties panel
      3m 4s
    2. Making automatic adjustments
      6m 4s
    3. Cropping redefined
      6m 9s
    4. Using perspective cropping
      2m 48s
    5. Adding a light source with Lighting Effects
      6m 26s
    6. Working with Liquify in real time
      2m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      7m 22s
    8. Using Face-Aware Mask Generation
      3m 1s
    9. Sizing images with the Bicubic Automatic interpolation option
      1m 53s
    10. Changing brush characteristics and making paths
      3m 50s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Getting started with video in Photoshop
      5m 45s
    2. Adding typography and audio to a video project
      5m 13s
    3. Working with multiple clips
      4m 41s
    4. Adding audio and transitions and exporting the final project
      6m 21s
    5. Thinking creatively about working with video
      5m 6s
  10. 4m 23s
    1. Working with the new Print dialogue
      4m 23s
  11. 20m 46s
    1. Introducing Creative Cloud
      1m 5s
    2. Modifying still images with the Blur Gallery and Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Adding a creative blur effect to video clips
      4m 56s
    4. Changing image size and resolution with the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    5. Using conditional actions to add watermarks
      4m 47s
  12. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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