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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 ways that you can speed up your Camera Raw workflow is by taking advantage of actions that you can write inside of Photoshop and then by batch processing your photographs. Let's take a look at how we can do that here. We will start off by writing or recording the action. So first let's jump to Photoshop. Inside of Photoshop, we're going to navigate to our Window pulldown menu, and then we're going to select Actions to open up the Actions panel. Here, I will go ahead and click and drag this out so that we can expand this and really focus in on the Actions panel.
Well, what I want to do is first create a new set. I will go ahead and name that CO for my initials. Next, click on the New Action icon. Now, we go ahead and call this ACR + PS. What I want to do is I want to open this image up in Adobe Camera Raw. Then I want to process it in Photoshop. So I will click Record here. Well, what I can do is I can actually exit out of Photoshop. Go back to Adobe Bridge, then open this image up in Camera Raw. Here I will press Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on Windows.
Let's say that what I want to have happen here in Camera Raw is I want this image to be resized to something smaller. So I will click on this little Workflow Options Link here, and I'll take this down to a nice small size, 1024 x 1365, a little bit of resizing there, also some sharpening and whatnot. Let's crank that up a bit actually and click OK. Next step, I will go ahead and click Open Image. This will then open the image up inside of Photoshop. Now it's going to remember those settings that I dialed in my workflow options inside of Adobe Camera Raw, which is nice.
Now once you're in Photoshop, I can do a number of things, but just for the sake of argument, let's say we click on Curves. We click and drag up and click and drag down to go ahead and increase our Contrast, and then we'll go ahead and click on Hue/Saturation, grab our Target Adjustment tool, Sample yellow, and then click and drag one way or another to change that background color. Let's go Red. Well, now that we've done this, I want to save and close this file. So I will press Command+S on a Mac, Ctrl+S on Windows, Click Save and OK there, and then we will go ahead and press Command+W on a Mac, Ctrl+W on Windows in order to close the file.
It now remembered all these different steps inside of this action. Well, now that we've recorded this action, let's go ahead and click on the Stop button to stop the recording, and let's examine what we've done. If we click on the Open Expand triangle icon here, what we can see is that it's opened this image with Camera Raw, and it's applied all these different Camera Raw settings. Now we didn't do much in Camera Raw, but we can see that it's remembered what we did, or how we dialed that in, in Camera Raw. That's incredibly handy because what we can do is fully take advantage of all the different things that we can do inside of Camera Raw.
Let's go ahead and close that. We can see next, it came in Photoshop, we created a couple of Adjustment layers and then we saved and closed the file. Well, now that we've recorded this one action, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can take advantage of this, all of the Raw Processing power and settings and also Photoshop together. And let's take a look at how we can do this and apply this across multiple images in the next movie.
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