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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.
So far we've explored how we can enhance or draw out colors that are already there. Well, here, I want to have some fun, and I want to have some fun with changing color. We'll be working with two different images. So let's go ahead and select this first one: fashion.jpg, and then let's click on our Targeted Adjustment tool and jump right to Hue. In the Hue tab what you can do is hover over your image and click and drag up or down, and here we can change that overall color of the dress. Now as you change these colors or make these changes, what you'll also want to do is navigate to the other tabs, like the Saturation tab, so that we can change the Saturation level of that color, and also so that we can change the Luminance value, and by doing that you can see that we have this huge range.
We can either make this really dark or almost bright and neon. We could also change the background. Click on the background and then drag and you can again change the Luminance there, or we could go into our Saturation sliders here and change the look and feel of that color in the background either by clicking and dragging on the photograph, or by clicking and dragging with our sliders. In this case, we're just having fun and we've modified this color in some pretty creative and interesting ways. Yet sometimes what you'll need to do isn't something maybe that's so creative.
Maybe you'll need to work on skin tones. Well, you could do that, again by using this tool, just click on the skin and then drag up or down to modify the Hue to make them more orange and yellow or maybe a little bit more red, or perhaps the skin is too saturated. Again, just use this tool to click and drag up or down so that you can get this to look at its best. If we go to Luminance and work with skin, you're going to see that we can change the brightness value of that, and sometimes that can help out as well in regards to coming up with a nice way to represent the skin.
Let's work with one more image just to draw out a few more colors here. I'll go to my Saturation tab and I'm going to click on this parasol here on this hand-painted sign. Next, I'll go to Luminance and I can change the brightness of that, I want to brighten that up. I also want to work on my greens here. I'm going to bring out some of those greens that I see in the picture. Go to the Saturation tab and just drag those out, right there I think that's kind of fun, and here what we can do is we can just click in our image or use these sliders to try to bring out some of these different colors, and some of the fun color combinations that we can create with these controls really are kind of amazing.
So if we click on our Preview button, here is that before and then now here's after. So sometimes, it's really dramatic, like changing the color of a background or a dress. Other times, it's making these color changes that might be even a little bit more interesting or different. So with this one, what we could do is we could change the look of that background here by modifying the color and we could start to see how these different colors relate to each other and affect the overall image. Well, as you can see, here these HSL controls, are a ton of fun.
If you haven't experimented with them, I definitely recommend that you do so because they can help you come up with some interesting and creative color combinations with your photographs.
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