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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here, we are going to continue to talk about how we can use Camera Raw in order to correct and enhance our photographs, whether that's working on tone or color. And I also want to talk about how we can work with multiple files, in a sense, how we can kind of batch process these files using Camera Raw in order to speed up our workflows. So let's go ahead and select a few images to work on. We are going to work with this first file here, then hold down Command and Ctrl, and click on these two other images as well. The first two were captured with my Canon 5D Mark II, this last one with my iPhone.
So let's open up both these Raw and JPG files in Camera Raw. To do so, we'll go to the File pulldown menu and then choose Open in Camera Raw. Once all these images are open in Camera Raw, we can access them in the Filmstrip. If ever you want to change the size of the Filmstrip, you can click and drag over it so you can open up more space or less space for your image. We'll go ahead and decrease that just a little bit there. Well, with this first image of my family playing in the snow, one of the things that I notice is I don't have a lot of good detail here in the snow.
To bring some detail back, I'll use the Highlight slider. As I drag this down, you'll see that we now have more texture in this area of the image. I also want to add a little bit of contrast and perhaps some clarity and vibrance and a touch of color saturation. Next thing I want to do is I want to change the color of my daughter Sophie's ski pants here. To do that, we can go to one of our other panels. Each of these different tabs allows us to access different controls. The tab that I want to go to is this one here, HSL/Grayscale.
We have different tabs, Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. With the Hue tab, what I am going to do is change the purple, and I want to change that to a nice bright blue. So I'll go ahead and click and drag this to the left. Next, I'll go to my Saturation tab and increase the Purples saturation, which is now blue, so now I have a brighter blue here. Next, I can go to Luminance, and on the Luminance tab, this allows me to control the brightness of these tones. I can either make these brighter or darker as you can see here.
So these controls give us the ability to make really specific adjustments to our images based on color. Luminance is about brightness of those colors, Saturation, well obviously, is how saturated they are, and then Hue allows us to change the color. Well, here with this image, we've made a few adjustments. We've adjusted some HSL controls. We've also made some adjustments in the Basic panel. Well, I want to apply both of these adjustments--or both of these sets of adjustments--to the other image, this one here, so that this one has good detail in this front area and also so that her pants are blue.
Well, to do that, you can click on the first image and then hold down Command or Ctrl. That's Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows. And then click on the second image, and then you'll notice you have a Synchronize button. Let's click on that. This Synchronize button allows us to synchronize various settings. We can choose specific Settings, just settings in the Basic panel, or we can choose to synchronize Everything. Let's go ahead and click on Everything in order to synchronize all of the settings from this file to the other file.
Next, click OK in order to apply those settings. And here, what I want to do is then click on this other image, and what we'll see is that we now have better detail in the snow, and the pants are now a different color. So as you can see, you can really work quickly with Camera Raw, especially when you have photographs which were captured in a similar way. Let's move to this next image here. With this iPhone picture, it's a little bit drab. This photograph, it needs some contrast, so I'll increase the contrast.
I'm also going to increase my color saturation and my exposure. I really want to make this one snap. I want to make those blacks deep, so I'll click and drag that to the left. All right! Well, let's take a look at our before and after. Here is before. Now here is after. I'm liking that much more. This is really coming to life, and it illustrates the graphic nature of the subject or of the content that I was photographing. Well, with this one, how can I then batch process or synchronize these settings with all of those other photographs? Because I forgot to open them.
Well, what you can do is you can apply adjustments to one image and then simply click Done. Back in the Adobe Bridge, we'll see that this image has now been updated. Well, you can select a file which has been updated, and you can right-click or Ctrl-click. Make your way down to Develop Settings, and here you can choose Copy Settings. This will copy all of those Camera Raw settings. Next, we'll click on these three images. You can do that by holding down Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, as you know, and then right-click or Ctrl-click, and here's really where the magic happens. You go back to Develop Settings and just choose Paste Settings.
Here, we are going to paste everything. We've seen this dialog before. We'll go ahead and click Everything, or select Everything, and then click OK. Well, now here, you can see these images have really snapped. They've come to life in a completely different way. All of these images have been modified with those settings which we applied to this first image. So as you can see here, Camera Raw is a tool which not only gives you flexibility and speed when working with one image, it gives you incredible flexibility when it comes to your overall photographic workflow.
Because as photographers, we so often work on multiple images, and by being able to process more than one image at a time, well, this can just speed up your workflow by leaps and bounds.
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