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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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