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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.
So far we've looked at how we can use the Spot Removal tool in order to deal with background elements, yet here I want to transition to working on an area which is more important and that is the face. How can we retouch small little skin variations or maybe blemishes that we want to reduce or remove. Let's go ahead and zoom in on this image. To do so, I'll double-click the Zoom tool that will take this photograph to 100%. In this 100% view, I notice there are few little things that I might want to reduce or remove. To access the tool, in order to do this, we press the B key.
Next what you want to do is position the cursor over the problem and then go ahead and click-and-drag out to extend that, in doing that you can then reposition these little circles in order to remove that blemish. Once again, click-and-drag out in order to move that, and I'm just going to click and drag a few times here. In doing this I'm going to make all of these little circles and I'm going to go ahead and make my way through the photograph. Now that I have a nice brush size, I'm just going to click on a couple of these blemishes. If my brush is too big, I'll click-and-drag, and as we do this, what you'll want to do is you want to make your way around to different areas of your photograph, so that you don't retouch, well, just one part of the picture, and so that then the retouching would look lopsided.
Rather here, we want to be really careful with each click, making sure we're sampling good areas and then as we make our progress or as we make our way through our photograph, one of the things that we'll want to do is we want to turn off the view of all of these little circles. Because I don't know about you, but seeing all of these little circles, well, it doesn't really help me out very much. So once they start to become distracting, you'll want to press that shortcut which I talked about in the previous movie. Yet here I recommend that you write it down, you memorize it, because it's essential, it's the V key.
The V key allows you to hide all of those overlays. Next press the P key that will show you your before, and then press it again, and it will show you the after. Next, you can press the V key to kind of turn that back on to see where you're at in regards to your overall progress. And really a lot of this type of retouching is just about doing what we're doing here; it's about getting in close, focusing on little teeny details. Little teeny details that might not even seem that important if they were just by themselves, but what we're trying to do is try to build up the photograph the way that we saw it, because we didn't notice all of these little things when we captured the picture, because when you look at someone, you don't stop and stare at these little teeny problems.
So again, here we're going to reduce or remove a bunch of the little teeny variations. Next, press the V key in order to hide all of those overlays, then press the P key to look at your before, and then finally your after. I also recommend that you zoom out a little bit and press the P key as well, that will help you determine if you are going in a good direction, because there is nothing worse than a photograph which has been over-retouched. This is really delicate work. If you've realized that you've perhaps worked on a blemish in a way that doesn't look good, remember that you can press V, then you can just click on that area that you worked on.
Say this one here, then press the Delete key, that will get rid of that particular correction. All right, well after you've made all of your corrections, all that you need to do is to click Done in order to exit and to apply these settings to this photograph.
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