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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.
One of the things that we know about the Raw format is that when we capture Raw files, we are actually not working in a color space, which is really quite fascinating. You know the color space is applied after we exit Adobe Camera Raw. We also know about Raw files that they have a native file format or file size in a particular dimension that comes off of the sensor of your camera. We can change that as well, and we can change that by tapping into our Workflow Options. You can open up your Workflow Options dialog by clicking on this link down here, and in this dialog you'll see that we have a handful of different options.
We can choose a color space like this standard Adobe RGB 1998, or a better color space like ProPhoto, or for simply going to post this image online, we could choose sRGB. We also have an option for Bit Depth, 8 Bits or 16 Bits/Channel, again, if we want more Bit Depth or more information in order to process the image in perhaps a better way. Then in regards to Size, this is quite fascinating. If we click on this pulldown menu you'll see that there are few options. Some of the options show you that you're going to resize down, the negative sign is highlighting that, or you can also resample or resize up.
Well, in this case, it's currently just a native file format. What's interesting about this is if we select one of these Workflow Options for our size and click OK, and then if we double-click the Zoom tool, press the Spacebar key and then click and drag to pan, we can see this image at 100%. Notice the zoom rate down below. Well, if I reopen my Workflow Options and if I change these particular size dimensions to something much smaller and click OK, well now, this is the view of 100%.
So this is really nice because it's showing us an actual size, which is going to relate to how it will open this up inside a Photoshop. So that can really help us out, say, if we are going to simply work with a smaller file, well we can dial that in here, and then modify our Sharpness and our Contrast and all those things based on whatever dimension we've selected in our Workflow Options, in order to have a little bit more accurate postproduction work. All right. Well, let's go ahead and take this back to that native size, and take a look at our last few options here. We have Resolution, which is pretty straightforward.
Then we also have, new in Adobe Camera Raw, is the ability to sharpen the file. Now while these options look pretty simple, they are actually incredibly strong. There is a lot of math happening here in the background, and what we can do is select an option, say, a paper type like Glossy Paper and then dial in an amount of sharpening for that. We can choose Low, Standard or High. And again, while these particular dialogs look simple, don't underestimate the power of those. They are really quite strong. All right. Well once we've dialed in some Workflow Options, we can click OK.
Here you can see those settings down below. And now let's go ahead and say we're done with this image. Let's click Cancel or Done. Well what will happen is every time you reopen Adobe Camera Raw, it will then remember those Workflow Options. So here let's double-click the image to open it up in Adobe Camera Raw. You'll notice that it remembered those particular Workflow Options. And I should also point out that it will remember those Workflow Options settings regardless of the image you open. So this is kind of nice because what you can do is set up some standard Workflow Options, so that then whenever you open an image up inside of Adobe Camera Raw, it will then take advantage of those settings that you've dialed in there, and then you can go from there. All right.
Well, that wraps up our conversation about Workflow Options. I hope that this movie was helpful.
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