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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've made our way through most of these different panels, the next thing I want to do is paint in some local adjustments and also correct the overall tone of this image. So I'm going to click back to the Basic panel, and here one of the things that I want to do is just add a little bit more Brightness to the image and also a little bit more Fill Light. And I need to do that because I had increased the density of the photograph in my black-and-white conversion and also in adding that vignette. So sometimes, after you make your way through all of these controls, you kind to have to loop back around in order to make some further adjustments. All right.
Let's select the Zoom tool, and let's zoom in a little bit here on the face. And one of the things that I'm noticing here is that it's a little bit too dark for my taste around the eyes. Well I can change that by painting in an adjustment to a particular area. So what I'll do is I'll go ahead and click on my Paintbrush tool, and here I'm going to increase the Exposure just a touch. I'll make the brush nice and soft, and it has a low Flow amount. I'll bring the Feathering down a little bit as well. All right. Well I decrease the brush even further there, just looking to have a pretty small brush.
And then I'm just going to start to paint over this area of the image. Now the nice thing about this is that we can make these type of adjustments here, and then if they're too strong all that we need to do is to modify our slider. Let's take a look. This is going to be a negative adjustment, but I'll do this just to illustrate. What we'll see is it's going to darken the eyes, which look like a raccoon eyes. Again, a negative effect, but really illustrates how much control you have here. Now in my case, I'm just looking for a little subtle brightening of the shadow. So let's take a look at our before and after. Here we have it.
Click on the Preview check box. There is before, and there is after. We painted in that subtle adjustment to that particular area of the photograph.
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