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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
One of the many strengths of using Adobe Camera Raw is that it can really help to make your images look good. And if you have photographs that you captured with a similar camera or in a similar lighting situation, you can process those photographs together. In other words, you can process multiple images at one time. This can really speed up your overall workflow. Well, here you can see that I have some photographs that I captured with my iPhone. If I scroll through these images, you may notice that they all are a little bit flat.
They're lacking a little bit of contrast, a little bit of brightness. So let's say that I want to improve the way that these images look. Well, I'm going to do that with Adobe Camera Raw. So I'll click on one of the JPEGs. Hold down the Shift key, and then click on another. Next, I'm going to press the shortcut to open these images up inside of Camera Raw. On a Mac, that shortcut is Command+R. On a PC, that's Ctrl+R. All right. Well, let's go ahead and make our way to the Basic panel. Here, all I'm interested in doing is increasing my Exposure.
I'll go ahead and increase my Blacks as well, add a little bit of Brightness, and a little bit of Contrast. To look at the before and after, I can either click on the Preview check box or I can press the P key. Here is before, and then here is after. Great! Well, I'm really liking how this image looks, yet one of things that I notice is that all of these other images still are a little bit flat and lacking this punch that I want. Well, in order to apply these settings to all of the other images, all that I need to do is to simply click on Select All and then click on Synchronize.
This will open up the Synchronize dialog, asking me, hey, where do you want to synchronize? In this case, I'm gong to leave all of these check boxes turned on. I want to synchronize all of these different settings that I've done. So all I need to do is click OK. Here, you're going to see this is going to update these photographs. I can click through them one at a time. If ever I don't like some of the adjustments that have been made, well, I can always click on a single image and then drag the slider in order to customize that particular photograph in the set.
Well, as you can see, from this example, working with Adobe Camera Raw will not only help you to create more powerful images. It can really speed up your overall workflow.
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