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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.
Here I want to focus in on a problem which I'm sure has never happened to you, and that's a problem of when you forget to wipe off the front of your lens, and you have dust on your lens or maybe you have dust on the sensor of your camera. What will happen is what you'll see here in this photograph. If we zoom in to 100% on this image, you'll see that I have these little spots. And you know what the worst part about this is that here you can see if we click on the next image and then change our Zoom Rate to 100% as well, you can see that these spots, well they are in the exact same location even though I reframed both of these photographs.
Well, whenever that happens, you don't have to worry too much because you can use Camera RAW to kind of automate your spot removal. Let me show you what I mean. Well, here we will select our Spot Removal tool by pressing the B key. Next, we can go ahead and click-and-drag over these blemishes, because this is the sky, we can do this pretty quickly. We are going to do this on this first image. Press the Spacebar key to pan around, click-and-drag over the blemish, and again, just do that wherever you are seeing these dark circles, and when you see those, typically that means you have dust either on your lens or on your sensor.
Here I am just going to pan around the photograph and look for any other little problems. As I make my way around, I can see some different pieces of dust or what's the result of a few different pieces of dust. Now that I've made all of these adjustments, what I want to do then is I want to apply these adjustments to the other photograph. To do that, you click Select All. Next, you click on the Synchronize button. In the Synchronize Settings, what we really want to do is just synchronize our Spot Removal. Here, you can see this is the only option which is turned on.
Next, click OK, and what this will do is it will then apply those settings to this other photograph. You can see how all those little circles are in exactly the right spot. For the most part, these worked perfectly except you can see a few spots where it didn't quite work out so well. Well, if you have those, just click on those circles. Next, what you can do is try to reposition them in order to create a nice strong line. Here, I can do that in that area, and let me zoom in on this one, so I can really illustrate how this works.
If you have your two sample areas, and the alignment is off, well you can just try to realign that, and by doing that, you can kind of see how I am bringing down that line in order to correct that part of the image. Next, I will zoom back out so we can check the rest of the photograph. Here I will press the Spacebar key and pan around, and you know what, that one is now correct as well. In other words, by applying these settings to one image, and then by synchronizing, it can really speed up your workflow, so that you only have to do the spot removal on one photograph.
You can then apply or synchronize those settings to all of the other photographs that you find where you have this problem.
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