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Adobe Photoshop has many powerful features designed specifically for photographers interested in creating better photographs. Learn how to turn them to your advantage with these tutorials from teacher and photographer Chris Orwig. In this introductory course, Chris combines practical tips and creative insights, showing how to enhance and improve your photographs. The course also includes live-action interludes designed to help you think photographically, and shoot with the capabilities of Photoshop in mind.
At this point I imagine you're getting more and more excited about Camera Raw because you're starting to see what can be done with this powerful tool. Well here what I want to do is take a look at how we can take even more advantage of this tool. And in particular we'll look at how we can use a few tools in order to make selective adjustments. We'll be working with two files. So let's click into this file. Hold down the Cmd key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and select this other image. And then navigate to File, and here we'll choose Open in Camera Raw.
Once we have these images open in Camera Raw, we'll start off with this picture here. Now often, when we capture photographs which include a sky, well, the sky is just too bright. Well, we can selectively correct this portion of the image using a powerful tool. We can find this tool up here in our Tools panel. It's called the Graduated Filter. When you click on it, you'll have a number of different sliders and controls. You can dial in everything from Temperature and Tint to Exposure all the way down to Sharpness.
Alright, well, let's go ahead and modify one of these controls, and what I want to do is change my exposure. I'm going to exaggerate this, so we can see how this works. Here I've decreased the exposure significantly, and I've decreased it too far yet stick with me, eventually we'll make this look good. Here we can go ahead and Click and Drag on the image. As I do that you can see that I can create this effect. It's a darkening effect, and I can control the intensity of the effect as far as that transition edge.
Now let go, and you can reposition this by Clicking and Dragging on the green icon. That's where it's at full intensity, or Click and Drag on the red icon in order to control the transition. Now as you work with this, what you'll want to do is position this. And then, of course, modify your Exposure slider. In this case, it was too strong, so I'll just bring this down a little bit. I'll also decrease the highlights there in order to darken those brighter tones. In this way, what we can start to do is we can control just this portion of our image.
We can also change the color. Here I'll use the Temperature slider in order to modify the colors so that it's a bit more blue. We can make so many adjustments to this so that that sky area, well, it looks its best. Here if we click on the Preview button, you can see there's before. And now here's after. So you want to use this tool when you have a larger area that you want to modify. And this isn't just for the sky. If we want to work on the foreground here, we'll just Click and Drag. Then after you've done that go back and make any changes. In this case, I want a warm up the foreground a little bit. I also want to decrease the contrast.
So here in this way I'm able to control that portion of the image, and again we'll click on that Preview icon. Here's our before, and then now here is our after. Okay, well let's make our way to another photograph, and let's take a look at a few other Selective Adjustment tools that we have. These tools allow us to make adjustments to specific areas of our photograph. The next tool that I want to highlight is this one here. This tool's called the Radial Filter. Now this one works in a similar way that the gradient tool works except that it allows to create an elliptical shape. And to modify the area either inside or outside of that shape. So let's say that with this image, that I want to brighten the subject's face and surrounding area.
Well, here what we'll do is we'll go ahead and modify our sliders here. I'm going to double-click these sliders to take them back to their default settings. Then I'll increase the Exposure slightly. I'll leave the Color Temperature right where it is. Then I'm going to Click and Drag over my image. In doing that you can see that it isn't affecting the inside of the image but the outside of the image. This is exactly the opposite of the fact that I'm interested in. Yet no big deal you can always change that.
If you scroll down to the bottom of our controls you can define which area you want this to effect. Either the Inside or the Outside. In my case, I want the Inside. I want to brighten up this portion of the image. Here's our before. Now here's our after. If we zoom in a little bit on this image, and reposition, so that we can see what we're working on, here you can see that before an after. In this way we can really dial in how we want certain portions of our image to appear. Well, how can we remove adjustments like this or like the Gradient Filter? Well, do to so simply click into the image adjustment and then press the Delete or Backspace key. Next, what I want to do is take a look at one more tool, this ones tool the Adjustment Brush, now this one is the most free form. With this tool, what you can do is again dial in your settings. Here, I'll increase the Exposure.
I'll also go ahead and increase my color temperature a little bit as well. Next I'm just going to paint over this portion of the image because I want to brighten up the skin in this part of the photograph. Now, in doing this, you can see that we're starting to improve the image significantly. Here, if we click on our Preview checkbox, is our before. Now click again, here's the after. And if we zoom in a little bit more, again you can see how we can paint this in into particular areas. Now, so far we've been looking at Color Temperature and Exposure, but keep in mind, you can paint in other adjustments as well.
You could decide to increase the Sharpness in a certain area. And with all of these adjustments, you can always have multiple adjustments. Simply click on the New icon and then here I'll go ahead and paint over this area again. Now I've added two adjustments, here we can see our overall preview before and then now after. So as you can see with these three tools, they allow you to make selective adjustments to specific areas of your photographs. So that you can then accomplish the best results.
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