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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
In order to further illustrate or highlight how we can work with the Adjustment Brush and the new settings that we have in this tool, we are going to be working with this file here, it's titled moire.jpg. This image has a moire pattern, and we are going to look at how we can use the Adjustment Brush in order to paint away this problem. Let's open this up in Camera RAW. To do so, press Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on Windows. Next I am going to double-click the Zoom tool, which will take this to a 100% view. The moire pattern kind of looks like this watery strange pattern which is on top of the fabric. That pattern, it isn't part of the fabric, but it's something that happens sometimes in digital capture, especially when we're photographing different materials.
So what we can do in order to remove that is we can select the Adjustment Brush. Next, we'll go down to the Moire Reduction options here, and I am going to go ahead and click on the plus icon. Next, after I've chosen that, I'll increase my brush amount and also my brush Size. Then I am going to go ahead and paint over the image. Now as I do that, you can see that this image is changing. I am going to decrease the brush size by pressing the left bracket key. Next, I'll go ahead and paint over this edge here. I am just going to paint away this problematic moire pattern that we can see on top of the photograph.
And we could make our way through the entirety of the image, painting away all of this problem. Now it's not going to be perfect. It's not going to be able to remove everything, but it's doing a great job at removing those distracting lines and all of those colors. Let's take a look. Here we have that before and then now the after. One of the things, though, that I am noticing is that the color is a bit more muted. It's almost like I lost a little bit of saturation. Well, no big deal. After the fact, after we've painted away that adjustment, we can go ahead and increase the color saturation in order to bring back some of the original life or vitality of that color.
Of course with this image what we'd want to do is after we dialed in those settings is we want to change our brush size and make sure we get all of this out, and we'd want to move around the image so that we could successfully remove it all. Initially, though, what I like to do is to paint away a large area just to make sure that this is going to work and then get into all those details. As you progress, you almost always want to press that P key to look at your before and after to make sure that you're going in a good direction.
And as this illustrates, we can use the Adjustment Brush in order paint in some really interesting corrections or enhancements to our photographs.
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