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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.
Now that we know a little bit about our basic controls, I want to share with you just a couple of tips here, which can help you get even more out of these controls. Well, for starters, we have this wonderful photo of my daughter, Sophia, with this big toothless smile. Let's say we want to work on the Exposure. Well, we know that we can click and drag this to the right or to the left, but we can also hover over the name of this control, or for that matter, we can hover over any of these names. Now once we do that, we can click and drag to change the amount there, or we can hold down the Shift key and do this as well and here you can see it makes it really kind of slippery.
I can do this really quickly. I can also hold down Command on the Mac, Ctrl on Windows and click and drag for a little bit more precision, and that's really nice. Now once you have one of these fields selected, you can also use the Arrow keys on your keyboard. Now, this can be incredibly helpful in normal workflow situations, or if you're traveling; sometimes this can work really well if you're on an airplane and have a laptop or whatnot. Here I can simply click on the Up Arrow to increase my Exposure; Down Arrow in order to decrease it. Now wouldn't it be nice, of course, if there was some way with a keyboard to go through these different controls.
Well, of course, there is. It's the Tab key. Press the Tab key, and you'll move down through these different list of controls here, and then go ahead and press my Up Arrow key to increase the recovery amount, or I can type out a number, like 2-0 for twenty. I'll press the Tab key again to go to Fill Light. I'm going to increase the Fill Light, and here you can see I can continue to press Tab to make my way through all of these controls and then simply modify the amounts by pressing the Up or Down Arrow keys. What if we're at the bottom of this? We're here at Contrast, and we want to go back to Exposure.
Well, one of the ways that we could do this is to press the Tab key multiple times and in this way, we can cycle through all of these controls, or what we can do, let's say, we're down here at Contrast. If we want to just move up, we can press Shift+Tab. That will then move backwards between these fields. We can go back to Exposure there and then simply click the Up Arrow in order to increase our Exposure. And then of course, at this juncture, we would want to see the before and after preview here. Simply press the P key. Here we have it, the before, press the P key again, and then the after.
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