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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.
Here we are going to take a look at the Adobe Camera Raw interface and Tools bar. All right. Well, let's zoom on in on this interface, and what I want to do is just highlight a few of the major elements of the interface. We are going to start over here in the top left-hand corner where we have the tools bar. Here we are going to find a number of different tools which allow us to zoom, or move our images, or crop, or retouch. Making our way around in a clockwise fashion, next we have the Preview button and if we click on this toggle switch here, it will then toggle off and then on the preview. You can also do that by pressing the P key.
The next element that we have is the Full Screen mode button, and you almost always want to run Adobe Camera Raw in Full Screen mode. You can do so by clicking on that or by pressing the F key. Making our way around, we have next the Histogram. Histogram is actually really powerful and quite important because it gives us a visual display of the information in our photographs. It can also help us out when we have some problems, like when we have some clipping, which means we have loss of detail perhaps in our highlights or in our shadows.
Next we have all of our different panel controls, but we have these different tabs which give us access to different types of controls. So we are going to spent most of our time here in Adobe Camera Raw in this area. Making our way all the way down to the bottom, we have the ability to open images from Camera Raw. What that will do is it will then launch this image in Photoshop, and it will launch the image based on our workflow options. And in workflow options, we can define a color space, a bit depth and also the overall dimensions for the file.
So this can be really handy. In other words, we can select something which is the native file format, or let's say we simply want a prepare an image for working on the Web. We could go ahead and change our workflow options so that every time we click Open, it would then open a smaller version of the file. Making our way around to the next element here, we have Save Image. This gives us the ability to save our images in different file formats: TIFF, JPEG, DNG and so on. Then we have the ability to change our zoom rate. We can do so by either clicking on Plus or Minus, or by clicking on this pulldown menu and then selecting a new zoom rate. All right.
Well now that we've seen some of these main elements, let's go ahead and zoom in on the Tools panel up here, and let's take a look at some of these different tools and really get familiar with what they are and what their shortcuts are so that we can use them. All right. Well the first tool here is called the Zoom tool. And the Zoom tool allows us to zoom in and zoom out. If you have this tool active, you can simply click on the image to zoom in, hold down Option or Alt and click, and that will allow you to zoom out. The next tool is the Hand tool. Shortcut key is the H key, and that allows you to click and pan around your image when you've zoomed in.
The next tool is called the White Balance tool. Shortcut key is the I key. And this is a really strong tool, which allows us to color correct and white balance our photographs. Right next to that is something which is similar, yet different. It's called the Color Sampler tool. You notice that this icon here, it looks pretty close, but there's something else added to it, and what we can do with the Color Sampler tool is we can set a few points on our image and then analyze the numbers, or the RGB values, of those different points. From there, we have what are called the Target Adjustment tools.
There are actually a handful of these tools. And what these tools allow us to do is to select one of them, say Hue/Saturation. We can then click on the image and drag one way or another to change the overall saturation. The next one here in the set is the Crop tool. Shortcut key is the C key. Next, the Straighten tool. Shortcut key is the A key. This next set of tools are actually kind of unique. The next tool we have is the Spot Removal tool. This one allows us to click on areas and retouch them, remove small spots and blemishes, and clean up our images in some pretty unique ways.
Next, we have the Red Eye tool. Shortcut key is the E key. The next tool we have is the Adjustment Brush. Shortcut key is the K key. And this is probably one of most powerful tools that we have, because it allows us to dial in a specific effect, whether working on exposure, contrast or color. We can then paint that effect into a particular area of our photograph. Moving along, we have something which also allows us to control different types of effects, whether it's contrast or color or exposure, and it's called Graduated Filter.
The shortcut key here is the M key. This works a little bit differently, though. It allows us to click and drag over an area and create gradiated, or transitioned effect. Next one is our Preferences, and the nice thing about the shortcut for Preferences is that we can access this with the same shortcut that we use in Bridge or in Photoshop. On a Mac it's Command+K, on Windows that's Ctrl+K. And the final two icons here that we have allow us to rotate the image to the left or to the right. We can also press the respective shortcut keys, left or right.
All right. Well, that wraps up our initial look at the Adobe Camera Raw interface and Tool bar.
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