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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.
The final way to open an image is to bring it in the Photoshop through a utility known as Camera Raw. Now Camera Raw, like Bridge, ships for free with every version of Photoshop out there. And the advantage of Camera Raw is that it provides a unique image adjustment environment. We'll be discussing Camera Raw in detail in the next course, but for now, I just want you to know it's here. I'm back inside Bridge, and I'm looking at my three image files here inside the 01_open_image folder. And you can open raw images from your digital camera inside Camera Raw.
You can also open flat image files saved in either the JPEG or TIFF format. You cannot open PSD files. I'm going to switch over to the TIF file and I'll right-click on it and choose this command, Open in Camera Raw. You also have the keyboard short cut of Ctrl+R on a PC or Command+R on the Mac. And that's going to go ahead and launch Camera Raw as you see here. If you want Camera Raw to fill up your screen, then you want to go ahead and click on this little icon in the upper right corner of the image window. Or you can see it has a shortcut, you just tap the F key.
Now let's say I want to create a dark vignette around the image, I'll go and switch from the Basic panel, which is selected by default to this FX panel right there just by clicking on the FX. And then I'll drop down to the Post Crop Vignetting option and I'll reduce this amount, let's say, to -65, which is going to give me a dark vignette all the way around the image and I'll also reduce this Midpoint value to bring the vignette in. And I ended up taking the Midpoint value down to 25. Let's assume that this is all I want to do inside Camera Raw.
And as I say, we'll be discussing Camera Raw in more detail in the next course, but for now I'm going to go ahead and click the Open Image button in order to open this image file inside Photoshop. Then I'll switch back to the Bridge by going to the File menu and choosing the Browse in Bridge command, so you can see that this Welcome.tif image is now linked to Camera Raw. So that little icon in the upper right -hand corner indicates that you have applied some Camera Raw settings. They are all together temporary settings and can be removed anytime you like.
So we haven't hurt the original image file. All I need to do is right-click on the image thumbnail, drop down to Develop Settings, and choose Clear Settings in order to re-establish my original Welcome.tif file. And that's how you open, and to an extent, modify an image in Camera Raw which is included for free along with every version of Photoshop.
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