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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.
After having made our way through most of the panels, next what I want to do is navigate back to the Basic panel and make a few basic adjustments. And then also explore how we can paint in some adjustments into specific areas of our photograph. Well here after having converted this to black-and-white you may want to modify the overall exposure or maybe add some more clarity or contrast. Again we want to dial this in after having used these other adjustments. I like the Contrast and what not here, yet one of the things that I'm noticing is that the eyes are still pretty dark, they are shadows there.
So I want to change that. To do so, we will click on the Zoom tool, then you can click and drag over the area of the image that you want to zoom into, in this case, the face. Now that we are up close I want to paint in a little bit of a brightening effect to this area. To do that you can press the K key or you can select the Adjustment Brush by clicking here. When you select this tool all of a sudden you'll notice you have all of these different options, you can paint in all of these adjustments into specific areas of your photograph. Let me show you how this works.
To keep this really simple, go to your Exposure slider and just click on this Plus icon. That will then allow us to increase our Exposure. Next, scroll down, you notice that you have some options for your brush, here we are going to decrease our Brush Size say to around seven or maybe even smaller than that, how about five. Next, we want to have a nice soft brush, yet not quite that soft so here I will go ahead and decrease that to about 60 or so. Now the flow controls how fast we build up this adjustment. I will bring this down to about 50. We will talk more about these settings later, but for now let's just try them out.
Well next what we can do is go ahead and click and paint over our image in this area. In this case, what you can see that I'm doing is I am brightening up this part of the picture. The more that I paint back and forth over this area, the more that I'm brightening this up. The great thing about this technique is that if ever we go too far we can go back to any of these sliders and we can make further modifications. Let me make a change which won't look good, but it will illustrate the point. Here if I click and drag to the left, you can see how I'm darkening the eyes.
Well that obviously doesn't look good. So I will click and drag to the right in order to subtly brighten those. If we click on the Preview icon we can see that before and after of just this adjustment, so we can then see the before a little bit too dark and then click on that after you can see how that looks much better, we can also reduce the noise in this area. Sharpen it up a little bit more in order to bring in some more detail to the eyes. We can make all of these adjustments so that we are painting this adjustment just into this area.
We can set these controls before or after the fact. Allright, well now that we've painted in that adjustment, I am going to go ahead and double-click the Hand tool in order to zoom back to this Fit in view mode and also in order to exit the Adjustment Brush.
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