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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.
As I mentioned previously, one of the important elements of the Adobe Camera Raw interface is this little teeny Preview button up here. Now, while that Preview button is small, it's actually pretty important, because as we process images, it's really helpful to have a before and after view of what we've done. What I want to do here is focus in on how we can preview the different types of adjustments that we are going to make our photographs. Let's say, for example, that here what I want to do is convert this image the black-and-white. I want to add a little bit of a tone to the image, so I am going to go ahead and desaturate the file here by lowering my Saturation.
Then I'll increase my Contrast, bring up some Fill Light. I am just going to modify the overall Exposure a little bit here as well, and I'll change the Contrast too. All right. Well, so far I've just worked in the Basic panel. Click on the Preview check box, or press the P key. Here is our before and then after. Well, my next step is going to be to move over here to my Split Toning. What I am simply going to do is add some tone here, say in the Highlights. Then I'll add another tone in my Shadows. I'll just look to try to find something that perhaps looks a little interesting, or for that matter I could get kind of creative and create some kind of a Split Tone effects, say like this.
Well, at this juncture if I want to view my before and after, you'd think I would press the P or click on this Toggle switch here. But when I do that, you notice that it's just toggling the preview of Split Toning. It's not showing me the entire before and after. In other words, it's not showing me the before and after of what I've done in all of the different panels here. Well, if ever you want to see the entire before and after, well all that you need to do is to navigate over to this panel Presets. Go ahead and click on the Presets tab.
Now when we press the P key, it will show us all the different adjustments that we've made here in all of these various panels. In this way, we can now see our overall before and after. Now, you won't always want to see the overall before and after. If you don't, you simply want to look at one particular aspect of what you've done, click on that panel of course, and then press the P key to view your before, and then click again to view your after.
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