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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.
Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can use a Graduated Filter in order to correct exposure, and also in order to work with color in a unique way. Here we have this photograph of my daughter Sophia. She couldn't even walk. She is holding on with the couch, and I love her little expression there. Yet this right-hand side of the image is overexposed, so we will correct this with the Graduated Filter. Press the G key to select that tool. Next, what we want to do is we want to choose a Preset for Negative Exposure, so we will click on the Negative Preset icon here and lower this even more.
Next, we will go ahead and hover over this area of the image and click and drag in order to darken up this portion of the photo. Now, the only down side of this darkening effect is that this has become a little bit black, and we will see that as I decrease this even more. It's not a very flattering color. It doesn't really work with that window light. We want to warm that up. We will go ahead and click on this Color Swatch. Now what we can do is try to find a nice color here, and as I click through these different colors, we can see it update in the background, and here I can then determine or find a nice color which kind of adds to this overall darkening effect.
It doesn't make it quite so black, rather a little bit more warm and inviting. All right. We will click OK in order to apply that. Next, we may want to reposition these controls just a bit, or dial in our exposure just so it looks perfect. Then let's press the P key. We will click on this Preview icon here. Here we have our before, and then our after. All right. Well let's make another adjustment for this couch over here. Press the N key for a New adjustment. Now in color, we have to do is go back to our Color Picker and reduce this to White, no saturation. Click OK.
Next, we will go ahead and click and drag in order to darken this side of the image, and we will find just the right amount of darkening there. And then if we want to add a color over here, now we will click on this Color Picker Swatch here. We can add just a touch of color, and in this case, that looks nice, here we can go ahead and click OK. Well now to hide all of the overlays, press the V key. That will then hide those, and then press the P key to look at our before and after. Here we have before, and now we have a corrected image after. That's looking much better.
Well, the last thing that I want to point out here is that we can work with color in an interesting way. Let's go ahead and open up our Color Picker by clicking on this little Color Swatch. Now, you will notice that you have some preset colors here. You can change those at anytime. Like let's say that we've really liked this yellow color. Well, simply hold down Option on Mac, Alt on PC, hover over this little icon and then set that as one of your presets, and for that matter, you can go ahead and select new colors as I am doing so here.
And then you can hold down Option or Alt, and then you can click on these Color Swatches here in order to save all of these different colors as presets. Then in order to use those, all we need to do is to simply click into them, and you can see how this is updating the way that the image looks in regards to how it's affecting the color in this particular area. All right. Well that wraps up our conversation about how we can use a Graduated Filter to work on Exposure and Color.
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