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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
When you're making changes in Camera Raw, it can be really helpful to see the before and after versions of the image that you're working on. Now, because I've used this image as a previous exercise file, in order to clear my settings, I'm going to quickly go to Edit and then Develop Settings and then clear them. So now we're back to the same starting place. In order to open this in Camera Raw, I'll click on the Open in Camera Raw icon, and let's make an adjustment so that we can preview the before and after.
I'll go ahead and decrease my Exposure and increase Contrast, and let's add a little bit of clarity as well. Now if I wanted to preview before and after, I could use the Preview button and just check and uncheck to toggle it on and off. I can also tap the P key to preview what I've done. Now, the Preview button is set up so that it only previews whatever panel you're working on. So let's move over to our Effects panel and just add a quick post-crop vignette. We'll add a big feather on that so it's not quite as obvious and then tap the P key again.
You'll notice that all I'm previewing is the effects in this panel, which is the post-crop vignetting. If I want to preview all of the effects, all of the changes that I've done, I need to scoot over to the Presets panel. Once I've got my Presets panel selected, then if I tap the P key, you can see that I'm previewing not only the vignette, but also the changes that I've made in the Basic panel. So that's how you preview everything at once.
Let's return back to the Basic panel, just to show you, if you wanted to preview maybe just a single slider, if you move the slider, you can then use Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on Windows to undo that move. So Command+Z or Ctrl+Z will just toggle a single slider, which is similar to the preview, but the Preview button itself of course toggles all of the changes that you've made in that panel. Now because I like to toggle the preview on and off for all of the panels at once, I've learned the keyboard shortcut to quickly get me to the Presets panel.
So on the Mac I would hold down the Option and Command, on Windows it would be the Alt, Control, and then tap 9 so it is the ninth panel in the row here. So if I want to quickly get back to, say the first panel, which happens to be the Basic panel, I can use that same keyboard shortcut, the Option+Command or Alt+Control, 1 for Basic, 2 for the Tone Curve, 3 for Detail, 4 for HSL and Grayscale, 5 for Split Toning, 6 for Lens Correction, 7 for Effects, and just when you think you've got it all down, we actually skip over the Camera Calibration. So the Option+ Command+8 will not take you there, or Alt+Ctrl+8, will not take you there, but we can skip to nine to get to our presets.
Now, some of you probably will use Option+Command+0 or Alt+Ctrl+0 thinking that you would get to your snapshots, but that's actually the keyboard shortcut to view at 100%, and we can see that in the lower left-hand corner. In order to reset that back to Fit in View, we can just select that right there from the menu. I always find it's helpful to toggle the preview for an image, just to make sure that I'm not overdoing my corrections. Of course, if I change my mind, the great thing with Camera Raw is I can always return back to the Camera Raw defaults by just holding down the Option or Alt key and then clicking on the Reset button.
And I can refine my adjustments as many times as I want, because everything here is nondestructive.
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