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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 going to focus in on and take a look at a number of different ways that we can open up our files in Adobe Camera Raw, and then eventually open up those images inside of Photoshop. Yet before we actually begin to work with Adobe Camera Raw, what I want to do is share with you a few open shortcuts. Now in most scenarios, what we're going to do is use Adobe Bridge in order to view and access our files. We'll then open those images up from Adobe Bridge into Adobe Camera Raw. Well, there is a couple of different ways that we can do this. What I want to do here is just highlight one really nice shortcut that we can use, which will help out in our overall photographic workflow.
What you can do is press Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, plus a couple of different letters. Press Command+O or Ctrl+O, and you can open up a Raw file into Adobe Camera Raw, hosted by Photoshop. Press Command+R or Ctrl+R, and you can open up a Raw file in Adobe Camera Raw hosted by Adobe Bridge. Now, you may be thinking, okay, what's so big deal and what does all of this mean? Well, we'll talk about this in a few minutes, but for now, just jot down these shortcuts. We'll take a look at how we can use these and what this means, again in just a couple of minutes.
All right well, the other shortcut that I want to share with you has to do with workflow. A lot of times what you'll do is process an image and then click Done. You'll then go back to that image later and want to open it up in Photoshop. In other words, you will want to completely skip Adobe Camera Raw. Well in order to do that, all that you need to do is Shift+Double-Click on one of your Raw files. All right. Well, now that we've been introduced these shortcuts, let's go ahead and take a look at a number of different techniques that we can use in order to open up our images inside of Adobe Camera Raw.
Let's navigate back to the Adobe Bridge, and here what we'll do is select one of our Raw files. I have selected this file, annika, which is in the Chapter 5 folder. Now, there are a number of different ways to open this image up. And what I am going to do is just show you the different techniques. Well, perhaps one of the easiest is to simply double-click on the image. Now when I do that, it recognizes that this is a Raw file, and opens it up in Adobe Camera Raw. All right. Well, let's go ahead and click Cancel or Done to exit out of this and then go back to the Adobe Bridge.
Well, how else can I open the same file up? Well I can also navigate to the File pulldown menu and then choose Open in Camera Raw. And when I do that, once again, the image is opened up inside of Adobe Camera Raw. All right. Well, let's click Done. One more technique I want to show you here before our shortcut, and that is you can Ctrl+Click or Right+Click and in this case you can also select from this contextual menu open in Camera Raw. All right. Well, what about those shortcuts that I mentioned, Command+R Ctrl+R or Command+O or Ctrl+O? Well, what we can do is press Command+O or Ctrl+O. That will then open the image up in Adobe Camera Raw hosted by Photoshop.
Let's click down here, back to Bridge. Now, we're going to press Command+R or Ctrl+R. That will then open the image up in Adobe Camera Raw hosted by Bridge. All right. So you must be thinking well what's so big deal and why would I want to do one way or not another? Well, let's consider a realistic scenario. One of the things that I'll do a lot times is work on layered files in Photoshop. At one time, I was working on a layered file that was 500 megabytes. It was huge. And I wantED to save the file out, so I press Command+S. Well, when I did that, I knew it's going to take literally two or three minutes to save the file.
So in other words, Photoshop couldn't do anything at that point. It was hung up saving the document. Well, all that I did at that point was then switch over to Bridge, I selected a Raw file and I opened that Raw file in Adobe Camera Raw hosted by Bridge. You see I couldn't open up the Raw file in Adobe Camera Raw hosted by Photoshop, because Photoshop was hung up, it was busy. It was doing something. So in this way, what you can do is you can open up your Raw files to kind of expedite your workflow depending on which application is most free or most available.
All right. Well, let's say that what we want to do here is simply open this image now up in Photoshop. We're just going about this in a regular workflow. We have this file open in Adobe Camera Raw, in Bridge. All I need to do is simply click Open Image with whatever raw processing settings we've dialed in, and it will open that image up inside of Photoshop. Now, here in Photoshop this file hasn't been saved yet. If we want to save this file out, all we need to do is to navigate to our file pulldown menu and then choose File > Save As.
At that juncture, we can choose a number of different file formats for saving this document. All right. Well, let's take a look at one more scenario here. I am going to go ahead and close this file, and click Don't Save for now. And I'll go back to Adobe Bridge. Let's consider this particular workflow scenario. Let's say that I simply want to open this file up. So I double-click it. When I double-click it, I say you know what, I want to try converting this to black and white. I'll modify its Exposure, maybe a little Fill light and Contrast, just making some visual adjustments here.
I'll like the processing at this point. So I simply click Done to apply all of these Camera Raw settings. Well back here in Adobe Bridge, my thumbnail and my preview have now been updated. And let's say I make my way to some of my other images, and I go on my way. But then I decide to go back to this photograph and say, you know what, I really want to open this image up inside of Photoshop, well, we know how to do that, right? What we do is we hold down the Shift key. We then double-click on the image. That will skip Adobe Camera Raw completely and open this image up with whatever settings we previously dialed in using Adobe Camera Raw, and it will then open that image up directly inside of Photoshop.
Now, I'm aware that I've shared with you quite a bit of breadth and depth on this topic, yet my intent here is to expose you to some of these different options. Now, what you need to do is to determine which options and which techniques will work best for your own workflow and then just use those. You obviously don't have to use all of these techniques; rather, just use the ones that will be most helpful and valuable for you.
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