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Making an average photo great

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If you've been following along in this chapter, you'll notice that we've made specific improvements to a number of images using the controls to simply fix a specific problem. More often than not, though, when we're making an image look better, it's a combination of many of these sliders that will improve the image dramatically. So let's select the bike image and go to Camera Raw, using Cmd+R on Mac, or Ctrl+R on Windows. Now the first thing that I want to do is I want to correct any lens distortion by using the Lens Correction panel and enabling the Lens Profile Correction.

Making an average photo great

If you've been following along in this chapter, you'll notice that we've made specific improvements to a number of images using the controls to simply fix a specific problem. More often than not, though, when we're making an image look better, it's a combination of many of these sliders that will improve the image dramatically. So let's select the bike image and go to Camera Raw, using Cmd+R on Mac, or Ctrl+R on Windows. Now the first thing that I want to do is I want to correct any lens distortion by using the Lens Correction panel and enabling the Lens Profile Correction.

I'll also toggle on the Remove Chromatic Aberration. And if we'd photographed a building or something that we needed to straighten the perspective of, we could do that in the Manual area. For now, I'm going to go ahead and skip that, but I do need to crop the image. So I'll tap C to access my Crop tool, and if I need to crop to a specific aspect ratio, I'll click and hold on the Crop tool and then select that aspect ratio. That way when I click and drag out my crop it's going to constrain it to that aspect ratio. Now I want to make sure that the whole bike is in the image so I'll reposition the crop, and then I'll tap Enter or Return in order to apply that crop. If needed I would want to set the white balance of the image, so we'll return to the Basic panel.

Or I could just tap the I key in order to access the eye dropper and then click somewhere in my image that I know to be neutral. I think that this area right here is probably a neutral gray and I like the result, it made the color temperature a lot warmer. And got rid of the kind of cold blue feel. Then, in order to lighten the image a bit, I'll click the Auto option here and see how Camera Raw lightens it. Obviously I can refine it from here, so if I think the exposure change was too great or too little, we can go ahead and make our changes. I can also add a little bit of contrast if I want to, and if I toggle on both my shadow clipping and my highlight clipping by tapping the U key and then the O key, we can actually see that some of these highlights along the handle bar, these specular highlights, are being clipped.

So I want to pull back on my white slider til I no longer see that clipping warning. If the clipping warning's still there when the whites go all the way to negative 100, then I might also want to bring down my highlight slider. Now once they disappear with the highlight slider I can try edging them back up a little bit with the whites but as soon as I see that red I'm going to back off. When I move the black slider, I can see that I'm starting to clip values here like under the seat and we see the preview of the warning in blue. So I'll just back off a little bit on that.

And then I'm going to increase my shadows, just to see if we can look into the shadow areas a little bit. You can see the difference there, especially underneath the bike seat. If this is set to zero, it's really dark there. If I go ahead and move the slider all the way to maybe plus 90, we start to see some detail in that shadow area. Now before I turn off the clipping warnings, I also want to add a little bit of clarity. And the reason that I'm adding clarity is just to make my image pop a little bit. Adding clarity is kind of like adding a little bit of sharpening in that Camera Raw is going to look for edges in your image, but it's only going to look for edges in the midtones of your images and then it's going to make one side of the edge darker and the other side of the edge lighter.

That's going to fool your eye into thinking that it's sharper. So the nice thing about clarity is it's very specific. It does this only in the midtone regions. And it really can make your image feel like it's kind of popping. It's got more contrast and more dynamic to it. Now you have to be careful, and the reason that I said, that I didn't want to turn off my clipping warnings is if I move the clarity slider over too far, you can see that I'm now clipping my blacks again. I'll back off a little bit on clarity and then I'll just raise my black slider a little bit. And we're not clipping in the highlights so I can go ahead and toggle those both off right now by tapping the U and the O to turn off the clipping warnings in my shadows and my highlights.

Now in order to add just a little bit of color to my image I'm going to use the vibrance slider. You'll notice that the vibrance slider, when I move it all the way to the right makes the image quite saturated but it's still a relative slider so it's still keeping some distinction between those highly saturated values. If I move it all the way to the left you can see that I'm de-saturating it, I'm losing the vibrance, but because it's relative it doesn't go all the way to black and white like the saturation slider would. I'm going to add just a little bit of vibrance here. And then we need to check to make sure that we've got the proper amount of sharpening for this image, so I'll move over to the Detail panel. And we need to zoom into 100%, so we'll use Cmd+Option+0 or Ctrl+Alt+0 on Windows.

I'll hold down the space bar and maybe we'll move up to the handlebar area here, and then I can increase my amount of sharpening. Remember you don't want to go too far. As soon as you see it looking too crunchy or you see too much detail in areas that should be smooth, you know that you've added too much of your amount. So let's back off on that. We can increase the radius a little bit. Remember, when you have a high amount and you increase the radius, you're going to start getting that kind of haloing look around the edges of your image. And we don't want that.

So I'd keep that radius down between one and two. Back off on the sharpening here. And just decrease the amount of detail here. So again, I think that's a little bit too much. I like to tap the P key to preview just the sharpening to make sure that I'm not overdoing it. And then we'll go ahead and navigate to the Presets panel. And this time when I tap the P key, we can preview all of the changes that I've made in all of the different panels. So I'll use Cmd+0 this time or Ctrl+0 to fit in window and then tap the P key again to toggle the before or without the preview and then toggle on the preview again.

And there you have it, within minutes, you can apply a simple, non-destructive adjustment in Camera Raw to help your images stand out.

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  1. 1m 42s
    1. What is Photoshop?
      1m 42s
  2. 4m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      25s
    3. Installing Adobe Bridge
      1m 23s
    4. What's new
      1m 26s
  3. 40m 58s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      3m 3s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      6m 0s
    3. A tour of workspaces in Bridge
      8m 30s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      4m 42s
    5. Changing file names and batch renaming
      4m 39s
    6. Adding basic metadata with metadata templates
      4m 46s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      7m 1s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      2m 17s
  4. 27m 23s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejected images
      5m 32s
    2. Saving images in collections
      3m 52s
    3. Rating and labeling images
      4m 31s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      3m 7s
    5. Using smart collections
      3m 39s
    6. Viewing final selects in a slideshow
      2m 50s
    7. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      3m 52s
  5. 29m 57s
    1. Comparing raw and JPEG files
      5m 5s
    2. Starting in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      4m 1s
    3. Touring the Camera Raw user interface
      5m 29s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      3m 18s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      4m 44s
    6. Choosing output settings
      3m 34s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      3m 46s
  6. 56m 7s
    1. Using the nondestructive Crop tool: Door and window with ramp
      3m 42s
    2. Correcting a tilted horizon line with the Straighten tool
      4m 12s
    3. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      3m 52s
    4. Fixing blown-out highlights
      5m 42s
    5. Revealing hidden shadow detail
      4m 36s
    6. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 55s
    7. Correcting lens distortion
      5m 17s
    8. Making perspective corrections to images
      5m 51s
    9. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 32s
    10. Sharpening details
      7m 23s
    11. Making an average photo great
      6m 5s
  7. 1h 3m
    1. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      5m 39s
    2. Adding a radial gradient
      6m 35s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush
      11m 19s
    4. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      4m 35s
    5. A quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      7m 49s
    6. Converting to black and white
      3m 17s
    7. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustment tool
      3m 56s
    8. Selective coloring effects with the Adjustment Brush
      5m 56s
    9. Easy sepia and split-tone effects
      4m 11s
    10. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 27s
    11. Adding vignettes and border effects
      4m 24s
    12. Saving variations within a single file with the Snapshot command
      3m 27s
  8. 19m 16s
    1. Copying and pasting settings across files
      1m 52s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      4m 22s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 47s
    4. Saving multiple files in Camera Raw
      3m 36s
    5. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      3m 39s
  9. 27m 6s
    1. Opening files from Bridge
      3m 9s
    2. Customizing the interface in Photoshop
      5m 16s
    3. Managing panels
      5m 1s
    4. Switching and saving workspaces
      3m 45s
    5. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 21s
    6. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      6m 34s
  10. 22m 49s
    1. Working with tabbed documents
      2m 51s
    2. Arranging documents
      3m 37s
    3. Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
      2m 49s
    4. Panning, zooming, and using the Rotate View tool
      9m 51s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 41s
  11. 26m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 26s
    2. Choosing the resolution you need
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      2m 58s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Using Undo and the History panel
      6m 40s
    2. Using crop options
      4m 20s
    3. Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 52s
    4. Cropping to the perfect print size
      3m 51s
    5. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      5m 2s
    6. Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command
      4m 57s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 21s
    8. Removing keystoning from buildings
      2m 6s
    9. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
    10. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      8m 29s
    11. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      3m 56s
    12. Warping images
      4m 48s
    13. Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
      4m 49s
  13. 41m 55s
    1. Exploring layer basics
      13m 25s
    2. Loading, selecting, and transforming layers
      9m 28s
    3. Organizing layers into layer groups
      8m 47s
    4. Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
      10m 15s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      11m 41s
    2. Combining selections
      6m 40s
    3. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      7m 40s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool and Refine Edge
      7m 12s
    5. Selecting soft-edged objects using Refine Edge
      9m 28s
    6. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      5m 42s
    7. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      9m 9s
    8. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 55s
    9. Combining multiple exposures with layer masks
      5m 5s
    10. Making selections with Color Range
      5m 17s
    11. Selecting with Focus Mask
      3m 10s
  15. 42m 5s
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      3m 29s
    2. Starting with a preset
      2m 36s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      7m 32s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 7s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      2m 37s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      1m 56s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      5m 39s
    8. Making washed-out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 7s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      3m 32s
    10. Creating traditional darkroom toning effects
      2m 51s
    11. Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer
      3m 49s
    12. Three different ways to add an adjustment layer
      50s
  16. 24m 41s
    1. Adjusting shadows and highlights
      5m 49s
    2. Replacing color using Selective Color
      5m 39s
    3. Using fill layers to create a hand-painted look
      7m 18s
    4. Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
      5m 55s
  17. 40m 53s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
      10m 21s
    2. A quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      3m 4s
    3. Making teeth bright and white
      2m 47s
    4. Brightening eyes, to make a person appear more alert
      6m 31s
    5. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 53s
    6. De-emphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      1m 53s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify
      5m 6s
    8. Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill
      6m 18s
  18. 22m 47s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      5m 50s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      6m 21s
    3. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      4m 3s
    4. Working with bracketed exposures (HDR)
      6m 33s
  19. 1h 0m
    1. Overview of filters
      3m 3s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters
      5m 56s
    3. Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
      5m 28s
    4. Creating a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      3m 23s
    5. Creating an infrared look with Diffuse Glow
      5m 4s
    6. Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
      7m 7s
    7. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
      7m 22s
    8. Giving an image texture with the Texturizer filter
      1m 53s
    9. Using the Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift Blurs
      6m 9s
    10. Using the Spin and Path Blurs
      7m 38s
    11. Applying the Camera Raw filter
      2m 48s
    12. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      4m 11s
  20. 24m 3s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      5m 24s
    2. Scanning or photographing paper to add a deckled edge
      4m 55s
    3. Adding texture with blend modes
      1m 58s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      5m 57s
    5. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      2m 49s
    6. Adding a realistic off-center vignette
      3m 0s
  21. 35m 37s
    1. Exploring character (point) type
      11m 58s
    2. Adding paragraph (area) type
      4m 7s
    3. Adding type on a path
      7m 3s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      3m 41s
    5. Warping type
      2m 36s
    6. Defining character and paragraph styles
      6m 12s
  22. 24m 13s
    1. Using the shape tools
      13m 45s
    2. Custom shape layers
      6m 15s
    3. Adding a keyline to an image
      4m 13s
  23. 24m 48s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      8m 57s
    2. Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using styles
      5m 11s
    3. Creating a transparent logo or watermark
      4m 46s
    4. Knowing how and when to scale layer effects
      5m 54s
  24. 11m 43s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 29s
    2. Creating PDF presentations
      3m 25s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 49s
  25. 23m 9s
    1. Working with video clips
      12m 14s
    2. Adding special effects to video files
      5m 56s
    3. Adding pans and zooms to still images
      4m 59s
  26. 1m 4s
    1. Next steps
      1m 4s

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