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Navigating the interface and the toolbar

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Video: Navigating the interface and the toolbar

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.

Navigating the interface and the toolbar

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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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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