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Opening an image

From: Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography

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With your images transferred, and your selects made, you're ready to start your image editing process. Just as there is an overall workflow that you should follow - import, rate images, and make selects, edit, and finally output - when you're editing and adjusting your images, you also need to follow a specific workflow. By performing edits in a particular order, you'll have an easier time determining what edits need to be made. But more importantly, you'll preserve better quality throughout your edits. To begin working within an image, you have to open it. You can launch an image into Photoshop form Bridge, simply by double-clicking on the image's thumbnail, or by pressing the Return key.

Opening an image

With your images transferred, and your selects made, you're ready to start your image editing process. Just as there is an overall workflow that you should follow - import, rate images, and make selects, edit, and finally output - when you're editing and adjusting your images, you also need to follow a specific workflow. By performing edits in a particular order, you'll have an easier time determining what edits need to be made. But more importantly, you'll preserve better quality throughout your edits. To begin working within an image, you have to open it. You can launch an image into Photoshop form Bridge, simply by double-clicking on the image's thumbnail, or by pressing the Return key.

Of course, there are lots of other ways to open images, but if you've already been working in Bridge, it's probably easiest to launch into Photoshop directly from there. Earlier, I strongly recommended that you shoot your landscape images in RAW format, so we're going to begin our editing lessons with RAW images. This is a RAW file right here. It has a CR2 extension. This is a RAW file from a Canon camera. Not all RAW files have the same extension. If you're shooting Nikon, you'll have an NEF extension. Olympus cameras have an ORF extension, and so on and so forth.

So, there is no standard for RAW format. I'm going to double-click on this image. A couple of things happen. First, you see that we switched to Photoshop, and now you see this big dialog box you may not have ever seen before. It says Camera Raw. Camera Raw is a plug-in, which controls RAW conversion in Photoshop. We're going to be spending a lot of time here. Camera Raw performs all of the RAW conversion that your camera normally performs when you're shooting in JPEG mode. In other words, it takes all of the steps required to get it from RAW sensor data to a finished image.

The advantage, of course, is that you're in control of how these steps are made. Let's take a quick tour of the Camera Raw dialog box. Obviously, right here in the middle is a big preview of my image. Just like in Photoshop, I can zoom in and out, and pan around. I can zoom in and out using the Magnifying Glass tool, click to zoom in, Alt+Click or Option+Click to zoom out. I also have this nice little pop-up menu down here with some different sizes. I've got these buttons over here. But probably the easiest way to get in and out is the same way you do in Photoshop, which is Command or Ctrl, Plus and Minus to zoom in and out and Command+0 to fill the screen with an image.

Unfortunately, unlike Photoshop, there is no Command+1, which takes you to 100% view. When you're zoomed in, you can use the Pan tool, which is this little hand here to pan around, or you can just press and hold the Spacebar while you click and drag. That will bring up the Hand tool when you have another tool selected. Up above the image, I have a bunch of tools. We're going to go over these as we work through these lessons. I've got these Eyedropper tools and Cropping tools and Straightening tools and Retouching tools. Rotation tools, if your image came in rotated wrong, you can fix it that way.

Preview button lets me toggle the current adjustments on or off. I don't have any adjustments right now, so clicking it doesn't do anything. But this basically gives me a way to see before and after. This button lets you go fullscreen If you have sized the window down, this not only takes it up to the full width of your screen, but also wipes out the Photoshop menu bar. It gives you just a little bit of extra space. If you're working on a laptop, that can be particularly useful. To the right of that, we have a histogram. This is a three-channel histogram.

Below that, we have the essential exposure information that we used when shooting this image. I can see it was shot at f/10, in 1/160th of a second, at ISO 100, using this particular lens. Below that are what appear to be some buttons; they are actually the tops of a bunch of little tabs. I'm looking at the Basic tab right here. I've also got these other tabs: Tone Curve and Detail and HSL/Grayscale, a whole bunch of different controls that we'll be looking at. But these, the Basic controls, are really the workhorse tools that we'll be spending most of our time with.

Finally, down here at the bottom, I have what Adobe calls the workflow controls. That's all of these buttons. These control how I get out of Camera Raw, and what I do with the resulting image. We'll be talking about these later. Finally, this thing that looks like a link here actually is a link to this dialog box, which gives me some more options. The Camera Raw dialog box is a very complete image editing environment. Many of the adjustments and edits that you can perform with Photoshop's tools can also be performed here in Camera Raw. As we proceed, you'll begin to understand which edits you might want to perform here, and which you'll save later for Photoshop. Don't worry; we're going to be spending a lot of time here in the Camera Raw dialog box, so you'll become very familiar with all of these controls.

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Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography

59 video lessons · 22366 viewers

Ben Long
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  1. 3m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 44s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
  2. 46m 35s
    1. Defining landscape photography
      2m 23s
    2. Considering cameras and gear
      10m 41s
    3. Shooting and composition tips
      6m 39s
    4. Why you should shoot raw instead of JPEG
      4m 25s
    5. Making selects
      10m 42s
    6. Understanding the histogram
      6m 53s
    7. A little color theory
      4m 52s
  3. 1h 14m
    1. Opening an image
      4m 42s
    2. Cropping and straightening
      9m 56s
    3. Nondestructive editing
      6m 23s
    4. Spotting and cleanup
      3m 53s
    5. Cleaning the camera sensor
      11m 17s
    6. Lens correction
      6m 26s
    7. Correcting overexposed highlights
      7m 29s
    8. Basic tonal correction
      5m 45s
    9. Correcting blacks
      11m 54s
    10. Correcting white balance
      6m 35s
  4. 21m 34s
    1. Performing localized edits with the Gradient Filter tool
      7m 24s
    2. Performing localized edits with the Adjustment brush
      7m 54s
    3. Controlling brush and gradient edits
      6m 16s
  5. 16m 34s
    1. Working with noise reduction
      5m 33s
    2. Clarity and sharpening
      5m 23s
    3. Exiting Camera Raw
      5m 38s
  6. 58m 5s
    1. Retouching
      8m 23s
    2. Using Levels adjustment layers
      10m 59s
    3. Saving images with adjustment layers
      4m 18s
    4. Advanced Levels adjustment layers
      9m 36s
    5. Guiding the viewer's eye with Levels
      8m 48s
    6. Using gradient masks for multiple adjustments
      5m 32s
    7. Correcting color in JPEG images
      3m 15s
    8. Adding a vignette
      3m 25s
    9. Knowing when edits have gone too far
      3m 49s
  7. 33m 24s
    1. Preparing to stitch
      5m 59s
    2. Stitching
      7m 39s
    3. Panoramic touchup
      7m 17s
    4. Shooting a panorama
      4m 58s
    5. Stitching a panorama
      7m 31s
  8. 27m 18s
    1. Shooting an HDR Image
      7m 53s
    2. Merging with HDR Pro
      11m 52s
    3. Adjusting and retouching
      7m 33s
  9. 24m 4s
    1. Why use black and white for images?
      2m 26s
    2. Black-and-white conversion
      7m 13s
    3. Correcting tone in black-and-white images
      7m 38s
    4. Adding highlights to black-and-white images
      6m 47s
  10. 49m 32s
    1. Painting light and shadow pt. 1
      11m 22s
    2. Painting light and shadow pt. 2
      12m 42s
    3. Painting light and shadow pt. 3
      9m 19s
    4. HDR + LDR
      5m 7s
    5. Reviewing sample images for inspiration
      11m 2s
  11. 48m 2s
    1. Sizing
      9m 8s
    2. Enlarging and reducing
      5m 3s
    3. Saving
      1m 24s
    4. Sharpening
      8m 23s
    5. Outputting an electronic file
      9m 4s
    6. Making a web gallery
      4m 17s
    7. Printing
      10m 43s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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