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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
Let's continue to explore how we can work with the Graduated Filter in order to improve our photographs. There is just too much brightness in these surrounding areas; let's fix that with the Graduated Filter. Press the G key to select the Graduated Filter or click on the icon here. Next, we'll go ahead and decrease our Exposure and also our Highlights, and then click and drag across this area. In doing that we can control this angle which is following the way that the light is falling, in this case on the subject, here we can decrease our Exposure to darken that area, yet as I do this, it looks like we also need a little bit of color in this part of the image.
We could either add that color here with this adjustment or you can click on New. Next we could then increase our Color Temperature a little bit by clicking on the Plus icon and then you could click and drag across this area. Did you notice now with that adjustment this now has a better Hue? It's not quite so dark, but it looks a little bit more uniform like that golden sunlight is coming in; it's not a dingy brown, it's a nice warm yellow. Alright, well what about the other side of the photograph? Well, let's also work on this side. Rather than modifying our sliders after the fact, again let's click New; this gives us the ability to then dial-in some new settings, say with Exposure and also decreased highlights here, and then we'll click and drag across this side of the image.
In doing this what we're looking to do is to try to bring a little bit more focus to the subject here. So we're decreasing some of the brightness that we have in these surrounding areas. I'm going to click on this one and just darken that up a little bit more; recover a bit more of those Highlights. Well, now we have all of these overlay visuals; it's hard to tell what's happening. Press the V key to hide those. Next look at our before and after; here is before and then here is after. The last thing that I want to do is actually leave the Graduated Filter and I want to use our good old Adjustment Brush to brighten up her face.
So here we'll click on the icon for the Adjustment Brush and then I'll click on the Plus icon for Exposure, just to bring up a little bit of the Exposure and Shadows, and then I better check the brush settings; I'm going to have a relatively low flow here. I'm just going to paint over the face, because I want the photograph to be about her. So I'm just going to brighten up a few little elements here, and just paint around this area here a bit. Next I'll go ahead and modify the overall intensity of that decreasing my Exposure there a bit.
In this last adjustment, it's just adding a bit of brightness to that part of the image. The reason why I'm including that into our workflow again is to highlight this whole concept that as we work with our Graduated Filter, it isn't a tool which stands by itself. Rather, it's a tool that we can use in combination with our other tools. By applying these adjustments here to the brightness and then this adjustment, well it helps us come up with a better way to process, and ultimately a better look for this photograph.
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