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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of my favorite things about the Camera Raw editor and addition it to being nondestructive is that it's very easy to quickly see before and after of the adjustments that I might be making. I've got a Preview checkbox here, but there is a little bit of a trick that I want to make sure you know of right away, because it might catch you later on. You might be scratching your head going, what's going on here? So Preview is turned on by default. So whenever you make some choices in the panels over here, you're seeing the immediate effect of those choices. Let's go ahead and make some adjustments here just to kind of see what I'm talking about. I'm going to bring the Exposure down a little bit, just to darken the image overall.
I'll go ahead and do a Recovery to bring out some of the highlight details. I'll open up the shadows with Fill Light a little bit. We'll set a dark point using the Black slider, and maybe increase the overall Brightness, and increase the Contrast. Again, I'm just kind of eyeballing it as I move these sliders around, maybe do a Clarity, to do a mid-tone contrast adjustment. Okay, so I've made quite a few changes here, and now I want to see before and after. I can either take my mouse and click on the Preview checkbox to turn that on or off, but it's much easier just to press the letter P on my keyboard.
So there is before, and there is after. Now if I want to preview the before and after of an individual slider, instead of everything that's been done in this panel, I just want to see before and after of one particular slider, then I wouldn't use the Preview option, I would use the Undo technique. So let's say I want to see the difference between a really high amount of Clarity, so take that over to 93, or a really low amount of Clarity. So I'll take it down to a negative direction. So now, if I do Command or Ctrl+Z, it will toggle back and forth between those two values.
So you can preview individual slider amounts as well or the overall effect of everything in that panel by using the Preview or the P key as well. Now the Preview functionality is per panel. So if I go over to Hue Saturation let's say, and I click on the Convert to Grayscale button, now when I press the letter P, it is only previewing the before and after of the Convert to Grayscale. You can see I'm still seeing all the choices I made in that previous basic panel. So Preview is isolated in local only to the current panel that you're in.
If you want to see the overall Preview of everything that you've done to this particular image in this editing session, compared to the way it started when you first opened, then you need to go to one of the panels on the end. That would be the Presets panel. We'll go ahead and click on the Presets panel. Now when I press the letter P, I get an entire before preview. What this looked like before I even entered in the dialog here. Then I press P again. It's now showing me the final result. So there is kind of a nuance there. Now there is kind of a keyboard shortcut that you can use to jump back and forth between a panel that gives you the full Preview, and any of the other panels.
So Command+Option, Ctrl+Alt on Windows. If I press 1, that takes me back to the Basic panel. Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+9, takes me to the Presets panel. As you might have guessed, these are actually numbered. So Basic starts out with number 1. Then Tone Curve is number 2, Detail is number 3. So I can do Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, to go back and forth between those panels. Not anything you have to worry about right now, the one I want you to memorize is Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+1 and 9, because that's where you would want to jump back and forth to be able do your global preview.
So again, I did Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+9 to get to the Presets panel. I pressed the letter P. There's my global before and after of everything I've done in this particular session, just typing P to toggle back and forth. Then if I want to get back to the Basic panel, Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+1. There you have it. Just a couple of different tips on how to access and leverage all the non-destructive editing control that Camera Raw gives you, and you're able to Preview either everything that you've done in a particular panel, preview before and after of individual sliders, or preview before and after of everything everything you've done by jumping over to that Presets panel, and then toggling your Preview on and off.
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