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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.
Now that we know a little bit about some of our basic controls, let's take a look at how we can apply this knowledge in a realistic scenario. Well, you have this photograph that was captured on a surf trip down in Baja, California. One of the things that I am noticing here is that it seems like the front of the car is a little bit too bright. Well, I can determine if that's too bright by turning on what are called my clipping indicators. I can do so by pressing a shortcut key of U and O, or I can simply click on these triangle icons.
When I click on these what it'll do is it will show me areas where I have loss of detail, here in my Shadows, and then here in my Highlights. In this case, it's definitely showing me you have problem area on the front of the car. What I want to do is I want to recover those Highlights. The only thing I need to do in order to do that is to simply click and drag on my Recovery slider. And you can see that as I do that I am bringing back detail into that area of the image. Take a look at another way that we can work with this as well. I'll reset this by double-clicking the Recovery slider, Triangle icon there.
Next, let's press U and O to turn off the Clipping Indicator. Let's say that we don't want to turn on those indicators or have them always on, because that's a little bit distracting. Well what we can do? Well, we can press a great shortcut. It's the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC. And that's a shortcut that says, "Hey! Do something a little bit differently." And when we press that key and then click and drag on the Recovery slider, we now see a different view of our image. The brighter area is showing us that problem area. So now I can click and drag until that all becomes dark.
Once that becomes dark, I let go, and there we have the same exact recovery or tone correction. Now, I can also press Option or Alt while working with my Exposure slider. For example, I'll go ahead and press that key and then click and drag on this to increase my Exposure. Now, as I do that, I'm also noticing I'm adding more clipping. Well, I can fix that right by going down to the Recovery slider, Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and then click and drag and increase this more.
So I just wanted to highlight that that at certain times you going to want to turn on these indicators here. At other times, what you might want to do is simply access that same information while Option+Clicking or Alt+Clicking on these different controls. And this can be a nice way to find the exact Exposure which will work best for your photograph.
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