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Here we are going to take a look at how we can use the Point Tone Curve in order to make precise adjustments to our photographs in Adobe Camera RAW. We'll be working with this file, photographer.dng, so let's open it up in Camera RAW by pressing Command+R on the Mac, or Ctrl+R on Windows. We want to navigate to the Tone Curve panel. To do so, you can click on the tab up here. It's the second tab in the list, and you want to click on the sub-tab, not Parametric but Point. The Point Tone Curve panel is actually really powerful, and this is a new feature which gives us the ability to make curve-like adjustments that we have done previously in Photoshop now in Camera RAW. Let me explain.
Here you see this curve line. To add a point, simply click and then drag. Drag up it becomes brighter; drag down it becomes darker. If ever you want to remove a point, well, you can just click and drag that off, and it will reset that curve or reset that area of the curve. You can also work with your endpoints, which can be really helpful when it comes to recovering detail. Here I could darken that up or also brighten this. And you can see how these brighter areas are becoming pure white, or I can bring in some detail onto those areas.
Again, it's very similar to working in Curves in Photoshop. So what do we want to do with this image? Well, let's say with this photograph, what I want to do is just darken up some of these brighter tones and then, perhaps, modify some of my darker tones as well-- just a subtle little adjustment. But then I decide I also want to change the color, the feel of this image. Well, to do that, you can go to your Channel pulldown menu, and here we can navigate to our various channels. Let's start off with Red. Well, just to illustrate, what you can do here is click and drag up. By dragging towards the word Red, you're increasing the amount of red in the photograph.
Drag away from that word, and then we'll add the other complimentary color, which is cyan. You also notice that we have this curve which stretches across the spectrum of this image. Well, if I just want my brighter colors or brighter tones to be a color and my darker ones to be something different, you can see how we can start to do that. We can map these adjustments into specific areas of our image. Okay, well, this doesn't look very good. Let me remove these points. How do we do that? You remember, right? Just click and drag them off to the side there.
And with this photograph, what I want to do is just bring in some nice warm red here. I don't want it so much though in the shirt, so I'll go ahead and click and drag this down for my brighter tones, so it's primarily in the deeper colors in this picture. Next, I want to add a little bit of yellow as well, so to do that we'll go to the Blue/Yellow channel. We know that if we drag up we are going to add blue, drag down we are going to add yellow. Now we need to be subtle with this adjustment, so I'll go ahead and just simply add a little bit of yellow there. Again, just changing the overall look and feel or mood of this picture. It's subtle and precise, but that's exactly why I came here: to make those types of adjustments using these controls.
All right. Well, let's look at our preview. Here we have it. There is before and then here is after. If ever after you've made some color adjustments--let's say you want to go back to the overall contrast or tone--well, just go back to the Composite RGB view and then here we could make those changes. We could go ahead and brighten these up if we wanted to have a little bit more brightness in this photograph. And then of course, click on this icon or press the P key to look at your before and after.
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