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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 I want to highlight a great free resource that you can use, and that can really help you expand how you work with Adobe Camera Raw presets. If you do a quick Google search for onOne Camera Raw presets, and then click on the link, it will take you to this page where you can find over 100 free Presets that were created by friend and Photoshop guru Jack Davis. Jack is a great guy, and he created this Presets, and onOne Softwares is distributing them for free. And it's actually really easy to use these.
You simply click on Free Download, and then it will walk you through the install process once it's been downloaded. And then once you've gone through that process, all you need to do is to head over to Adobe Camera Raw. Now, in Adobe Camera Raw, if you click on your Presets panel, what you'll be able to see is that you have all of these Presets listed here, and as I scroll through these, you're going to notice there are a number of different types of Presets. Some are a little bit more functional and some are really quite creative. So to apply a preset, all you do is click on the name, and that will then apply all of the different settings for that particular image.
Now, if you choose another one, what's going to happen is it's going to start to build up this effect. Now, if ever you want to reset, there's also a nice preset here, which takes this back to normal, and you'll see those listed throughout these different groups of presets. Let's say that what I want to do here is I simply want to tint this image. I can go ahead and tint it warm. And I can do that now, and I have this really nice little Tint there, and as I build up this Tint, I realize I've gone too far. We will click on that preset. First, what I want to do, convert to black and white and then add that Tint.
And the only reason I want to do that is to just illustrate that what you can do is you can combine these presets together in order to come up with the best results. Now, let's say that you like one of the tinting effects. Well, you can really deconstruct how this is working. Let's say we click on one of our images where we like this particular effect. We can then go into the different panels and see how this was created. All that was created here was a little bit of a Shadow Tint. Well that's too strong for our liking. We can then back that off, or we can modify the color as well. I like a little bit more of a brown tint in my photographs.
Next, I'll go ahead and select all of these, click Select All, and then I'll synchronize them and click Synchronize. What I want to do is synchronize everything. So from this pulldown menu, I'll choose Everything and click OK. You'll see that it will then update the other photographs. I'll click on the arrow keys to scroll through them, and you can see now I've created my own specialized version of this particular Preset. Well, because I've created that and because I like this one better, and that's how it works a lot. You use someone else's as a starting point.
You tweak it a little bit to make it your own. What I then want to do is create or save this as my own Preset. So, I'll go back to that Presets panel, click on the New icon and here what I'm going to do is just add my initials, co, and I'll name this one bw + tint and click OK. Well, then I can access that at any time here in the Presets panel. And now I have the ability to simply click on that in order to choose that Preset and apply to it all of my images. The other thing that I want to point out is that whenever you install someone else's presets, there invariably will be presets that you won't like.
Like let's say, for example, these Antique looks here. Now, with this particular image it doesn't really look for a good to me. Let's go back to the Default and apply some of these other ones. Again, going back to the default and applying these effects. Well, they look okay but nothing really outstanding to me. Well if ever I find one that I don't like, to delete it simply click on Trashcan icon, and that preset has now been removed from your Preset library. So as you can see, managing and using these presets is actually quite simple.
Well here, just to end this movie let's go back to Default, and then we'll click on the Preset that we created there. I think that's look pretty nice, and along the way we learned about how we can take other presets that someone else have created and then use those and integrate them into our overall workflow.
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