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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.
One of the reasons why I love working with Adobe Camera Raw is because it really enables and empowers me to work quickly. What I want to do here is share with you a couple of speed tips in regards to working on multiple files. We'll be working on these three photos of my sister and her family. You just got to love this little guy. Look at those cheeks and that smile, love it. Let's say we want to convert these images to black-and-white. I'll hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, click on the images, then press Command or Ctrl+ R to open these up in Camera Raw.
Well, there are a couple of different ways we can work here. One thing that we could do would be to simply desaturate. Let's say we decide to do that. Next, we want to synchronize these settings to all the images. We'll click Select All and then, if we click on Synchronize... whenever you see dots that means a dialog is about to be open. Here, what we can do is we can choose a lot of different options like synchronize everything or just synchronize something, like let's say the sliders in the basic panel. Whatever your option is, all we need to do is to dial that in and then click OK.
It will then synchronize those settings across these images. Now, if ever you don't want to see that dialog, I'll hold down Option or Alt, those dots disappear, click Synchronize then, and basically, what it's going to do is it synchronize based on whatever options you previously checked off inside of that dialog. So, that dialog box has built-in memory. All right. Well now that we synchronized these images, we go ahead and click Done in order to apply those settings. We are back here in Bridge, and in Bridge move over to another image.
But then we say, you know what, I want to go back to this other photograph. I am not quite content with that. So, we reopen this image in Camera Raw. Press Command or Ctrl+R. All right. Well now that I am in Camera Raw I realize, you know what this image needs more Exposure. It needs more Fill Light, a little bit more Contrast. All right, now the image is starting to snap. Now that I have modified this a bit more, here I go ahead and click Done. When I go back, I realize, I wish I had applied these settings to these other images, because when I scroll through them or compare them this is just muted and muddy, this is bright and vibrant. I love it.
So, if only there was a way, of course, to apply the Camera Raw settings that we've applied here to the other images. This comes up a lot, especially when we shoot a high volume of photographs. For example, let's say we are photographing a wedding, and we have a wedding where we have a hundred images, which we want to process a similar way in regards to the White Balance, or Contrast, or Exposure. Well what you can do is process one image. You can then apply those settings to the other files a couple of different ways. First, a shortcut: you can press Command+Option+C on Mac, Ctrl+Alt+C on Windows.
Next, you can click on one or more images here and then press Command+Option+V on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+V on Windows. This will then say hey! What you want to paste? In my case, what I want to do is I want to paste all of my Camera Raw settings that I did previously -- remember, this has built-in memory. Remember, when I checked off last time. So, I'll go ahead and click OK. It now updates all those photos so they are now all processed the exact same way. Now, let's take this even further.
Let's say we go back to the original image, the first one. We reopen this in Camera Raw. Press Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on Windows. Here, we are going to make a change in the Split Toning panel. I am just going to add a bit of a dark, nice, little sepia tone there, and then I'll click Done. I am doing this just so we have a visual difference. Now, let's say oh! Gosh, I wish I could apply that to these other images. Well we could of course use our shortcut, or we can click on one or more images by holding down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and then we can right-click or Ctrl+Click.
Here we can make our way down to Develop Settings. What we can choose is Previous Conversion. In other words, what I want to here is I want to apply the Camera Raw settings that I most recently used. In this case, it was those black-and- white settings, Contrast, Exposure and also that little bit of a Split Toning effect there. Well, now when I simply choose Previous Conversion, it will then apply those settings to these images so that now I've processed all three of these images in the same way.
Along the way, we learn some really valuable speed tips for processing multiple files while using Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Bridge.
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