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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.
At this stage in our workflow I want to take a look at how we can clean up some small problems or blemishes in our photograph. And you want to do this here, after you've dialed in your Color, and Exposure and Contrast, etcetera, because that will then determine what type of problems you have so you can then identify those more clearly. All right, well in order to work on some small details in this picture I need to zoom in. To do that we can go ahead and select the Zoom tool. One way to zoom in on the picture is to click-and-drag, if we want to zoom in on the face click-and-drag over that area, then let go and it will zoom into that area in this window.
In doing that I notice there is a small little skin variation that I want to get rid of. In order to get rid of that we can use what's called the Spot Removal tool, you can select that by pressing the B key or by clicking on this icon here. Next, in order to work with this tool we need to change our brush size. Let me actually zoom in a little bit further here on this image so that you can see this a bit more clearly. All right, well now that we can see that blemish, here I am going to press the Left Bracket key to change my brush size. One of the ways that you can work with this tool is simply by clicking on the blemish.
In doing that it all of a sudden creates these two little circles here. Let me make these bigger by clicking-and- dragging on the edge of one of the circles. Well why then do we have a red and a green circle? Well you want the red checkered circle here to cover up the blemish, the green you want to then to reposition to an area or tone which is similar to the area that you're working on. Next, you can then reposition that again so that it's covering that up with new content. We can either remove this blemish with Clone or with Heal.
Now in certain situations you'll find that certain techniques will work better. With this little blemish on the face healing works a ton better. Next, if you just want to reduce a blemish rather than remove it completely you can decrease the Opacity. In this way it will be a little bit more subtle, just kind of taking that back a bit. All right, well there is another blemish that I notice in this picture. And let's go ahead and take a look at that. Press the Spacebar key and then click-and-drag. We are going to move this image down to this right side over here. I notice there was a little string coming off of the jersey.
I want to get rid of that string, so rather than just clicking on it, this time what I am going to do is go ahead and click-and-drag, in doing that you can see I'm creating this sample area. I'll click-and-drag to make this nice and big and then let go. Here it's going to try to choose a nice area for me to correct this problem. My red and white checkered circle isn't in the right place so I will move that down a little bit. Next, the line that it created it just doesn't look good at all. So I will click-and-drag this to a new spot and I will bring this up top to see if it might give me a better line.
Now in doing this I can see that the lines getting to be a little bit better but I'm getting this strange kind of bleeding and smudging in, I also have this low Opacity so let me crank that up so we can see how this looks at 100%. Well now here we can see this did a pretty good job. And sometimes what you'll find is you need to change your Opacity. In other situations you may need to change the type of Spot Removal that you're doing. With certain areas like with this area here, again we found that healing works better than cloning. So just experiment a bit and you'll start to see how these two options work.
Well, now that we have successfully cleaned up this photograph, removed these small little blemishes using the Spot Removal tool. The next thing I want to do is zoom back out, so I can see the whole photograph. To do that you can double-click on the Hand tool, when you double-click on the Hand tool it changes your zoom rate to a view so that you can see the entirety of the photograph inside of this window. All right, well now that we've worked on some specific small details, let's take a look at some other details in this photograph.
In particular let's explore how we can work with sharpening this photograph and also how we can reduce some of the noise in this picture and let's do that in the next movie.
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