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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.
One of the advantages of using Adobe Camera Raw is you can actually raw process other file formats like JPEGs or TIFFs. What we're going to do here is take a look at how we can open up these different file formats and work on them inside of Adobe Camera Raw. Well, the first image we'll work on is my_ girl.jpg, a photograph of my daughter here. And just as a side note, I have got to say, one of my life's hugest privileges and great delights is being a dad. Look at those bright blue eyes and that smiling face. There is nothing better. All right. Well, let's say that we want to open this image up in Camera Raw.
Now, we may remember that with RAW files, we can double-click them to open them up inside of Camera Raw, but with JPEGs and TIFFs double-clicking will actually bring them straight into Photoshop unless we change a preference. Let me show you what I mean. If we navigate to the Adobe Bridge pulldown menu, here we can select Camera Raw Preferences. Now at the base of this dialog, we have a couple of options for handling or opening JPEG and TIFF files. Now, what we can do is automatically open JPEGs and TIFFs that have already been previously modified with Camera Raw, and that's the default option.
And in my opinion, that's the best option. Yet there are a couple of other options here. We can choose to Disable JPEG support, meaning if we don't want to take advantage of Adobe Camera Raw, we could select that option. Not a very good idea, in my opinion. Or what we can do simply automatically open all supported JPEGs. In other words, if it's a supported file format, and we double-click it, it will then open up in Adobe Camera Raw. Now, I typically don't want to do that because I don't always want to open my JPEGs inside of Adobe Camera Raw.
It's more a special circumstance when I want to do that. So again, I leave this on this Automatically open the ones with those settings as needed. Same thing for my TIFF files. Okay. Well, let's go ahead and click OK here. Next, make our way back to Bridge. Well, how then can we get this open in Camera Raw? Well, there are a couple of techniques we can use. We can either right-click or Ctrl+Click and select Open in Raw, or we can go to our File pulldown menu and choose Open in Raw, or we can use this shortcut that we've already learned.
And this is the best way, right? The shortcut is Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, plus the letter R for RAW. So what we can do there is simply select the image, press Command+R or Ctrl+R. That will then open that image up inside of Adobe Camera Raw. Here we can make some changes. Let's say we want to increase the Contrast a little bit, perhaps a little bit of the Color Temperature and a little bit of Fill Light and Clarity. All right. Once we've done that, we simply click Done. It will then apply those settings to the image and update the Thumbnail and Preview here in Adobe Bridge.
Okay, well what about TIFF files? Well, the same thing goes for TIFF files. What we can do here is simply press Command+R or Ctrl+R. That will then open this image up inside of Adobe Camera Raw. So we'll click Cancel or Done. And let's say that we want to open up all three of these images at once. Let's go ahead and click on one, hold down the Shift key and click on another. So here we have a RAW file, a JPEG file and a TIFF file. How can we get all of these images open inside of Adobe Camera Raw at one time? Well again, we're going to use that power shortcut, which is Command+R or Ctrl+R.
And always remember that, thinking R for RAW. So we'll go ahead and press that. And here you can see, I have all of these different file formats opened inside of Adobe Camera Raw. I could then process them and work on them as needed.
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