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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie we are going to talk about how we can open up our files inside of Adobe Camera Raw. Now this may sound like something that's actually kind of simple, yet there are some tips and tricks that can help you get more in how you process and how you open up your files in Camera Raw. Now I have this little slide here I want to open up, so I'll press spacebar. That will take it to this Full Screen View mode. Now here are a few Camera Raw and Bridge shortcuts. Now you can open up a file with Camera Raw that's hosted by Adobe Bridge, or you can open up a file with Camera Raw that's hosted by Adobe Photoshop, kind of interesting. And you may be thinking, "kind of strange," and then you may be thinking, "who really cares?" Well, stick with me for a second.
Let me first tell you the shortcuts and then we will talk a little bit more about why we may want to open up a file in Camera Raw on Bridge, or Camera Raw on Photoshop. To open it up in Bridge, it's Command+R on a Mac/Control+R on a PC. The way I remember that is Bridge has an R in it. To open it up in Photoshop, Camera Raw on Photoshop, it's Command+O on a Mac/Control+O on a PC. And again, Photoshop has an O in it. And here is my tip. When you are opening up multiple files and processing them, and open up all your files in Camera Raw hosted by a Bridge, and then jump over to Photoshop and continue working, that way you can actually multi-task. So again you maybe thinking, okay, I don't get it.
Well, stick with me for a second and let's go to this 11 Camera Raw folder. Now here I have a photograph of Nick Dekker. This guy is one of the most amazing black photographers and printers that I know. And what I want to do is show you how you can open this image up in a couple of different ways. Let's press Command+R in a Mac/Control+R in a PC. Now you will notice that I'm still in Adobe Bridge. You can see the Bridge interface in the background. Well kind of interesting. All right, cancel out of that. Now let's press Command+O on a Mac/Control+O on a PC. Now you will notice I'm in Photoshop, and here we can see the Photoshop interface in the background. Who really cares? Okay, we'll cancel out of this. I'm going to go back to the Bridge folder and I'm going to click on my first image, Nick Dekker, and then hold down the Shift key and select a few more images and then press Command+R in a Mac/Control+R in a PC.
Now I have all of these images open inside of Adobe Camera Raw, and here you can see I have that. I'm going to then select all three images and choose Save Images. Now I'm going to rename these and call this Sample_, One Digit Serial Number. Now I want to save this out as a TIFF file, compression, none, so I'm going to go ahead and select a folder here. In my case I have selected Camera_raw. I'll hit Select and then Save. Now watch what happened down here. See how it says, three remaining, two remaining, one remaining, and then finally it's done.
Adobe Camera Raw had to think about that process. Now that didn't take very long, right? Because I only had three images and because the computer I'm working on right now is incredibly fast. It's hands down just amazing. Yet, let's say I'm processing 30 images or 15 images. Well that may actually take some time. So what I could do is, while that was processing, I could then go over and open up Photoshop. And here I'm in Photoshop, I'm going to create a new document just to illustrate this, and I could do my work in Photoshop, and I'll go ahead and just pretend I'm working in Photoshop. And then once I'm done with Photoshop, I can then go back to Bridge, say, hey that done? Oh yeah, it's done. Okay great. I'll go ahead and click Cancel or Done, and then I'll navigate back to the Bridge.
So what I'm trying to illustrate here is this idea that one of the reasons why you may want to open up a file in Camera Raw inside a Bridge, versus Camera inside a Photoshop. Is to just speed up your workflow and to free up your Photoshop workspace so to speak, so you can continue working in that. All right, well there is one more way that you can open up a file with Camera Raw. If you select an image, you can also click on the Camera icon here. That will then open up the file inside of Camera Raw, inside of the Adobe Bridge. All right, so far we have this kind of intricate, kind of complicated conversation about opening files inside a Camera Raw. What about JPEGs? I'm going to navigate back to the Resources folder. I can click on that little slide here, now when it comes to JPEGs, it's kind of interesting, and this has to do with our preferences. Now I want to bring back to preferences for a moment. Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw preferences, do you remember mine, there was a default automatically opened JPEGs with the settings. Click OK. If I press Command+R on a Mac/Ctrl+R on a PC, will open up Camera Raw inside of the Bridge, great! On the other hand, because of my preferences, if I press Command+O on a Mac, Ctrl+O on a PC, what you think is going to happen? Well, the JPEGs, it's just going to open up that JPEG in Photoshop, it's not going to open up Camera Raw inside of Photoshop, so that's kind of interesting. And that's one the reasons why I like that preference, because then if I want to open up my JPEGs in Photoshop, I just press Command+O for a Mac/Ctrl+O for a PC, they will go straight to the Photoshop. On the other hand, let's say, you know what, this JPEG, or this TIFF could use a little bit of Raw processing, than I used that other shortcut to open up the file inside of Camera Raw, inside of Bridge. All right, well, I know that this whole deal about opening your files up in Camera Raw can sound a little bit off the wall. Now if you are feeling confused about this in way, shape or form, here is what you want to do. Select the file, whether it be a Raw file or a JPEG file, and simply click on this icon here.
And every time you do that, it will always open up Camera Raw. Now it will open up Camera Raw in Bridge, but you may be thinking, I don't care where it opens up Camera Raw. I just want Camera Raw to be opened. If that's your case, simply click on that icon there, and you will be off and running.
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