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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In the next few movies, we are going to begin to talk about how we can prepare our images so that they can be viewed online, and what I mean by online is either if you are going to email someone the photo, email your client the photo or if you are going to post it on a website. Let's go ahead and open up this file corwig_antiques.CR2 or press Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on a PC to open it up in Camera Raw. It will modify the Camera Raw sliders however, we see fit just to tweak it out, just a little bit here, may be a little bit of contrast, and then click Open Image. Now my intent in this initial movie is to try to convince you of a particular resize technique that we are going to use in the next movie.
In order to do that, I'm going to duplicate this one image. I'm going to go Image and then choose Duplicate. Now I have two copies of this file open. Next, I'm going to resize this image. You can resize your image by navigating to Image and then choose Image Size. Keep in mind, we are going to talk quite a bit about image resizing, but right now all that I'm going to do, is I'm going to reduce the overall dimensions to 1000 and I'm going to choose Bicubic Sharper which is best for reduction. I'll click OK. Then I'm going to click on the other tab. We will go to image and then choose Image Size, go to 1000 pixels wide. This time I'm going to use the default setting, which is Bicubic which is best for smooth gradients and click OK.
Now I have two versions of the file. I'll grab my Move tool; I'll click and drag this one into this new tab here. When I hover over the new tab, it will then change to that image, hold down the Shift key and then let it go. It will then bring that image in as a new Layer. That's a nice little trick. Then we will click the Zoom tool. I have to go to Full Screen View mode. I now have two versions of this file. I have the first version, and then the second. Let's zoom in even further, so I can actually see the detail here. Now this is Bicubic Sharper, now that's what you should use. Yet by default, Photoshop will choose for you this option. It's much softer. Now what's happening here is in the file if I were to use Bicubic Sharper, it's not then any sharper has been applied rather to maintain the shortness or the integrity of the file.
So if ever you are going to resize your image down, you definitely want to use that Bicubic Sharper setting, in addition or I think you should do, as navigate to your Photoshop, Preferences on a PC that's Edit > Preferences and then choose General or look I'm going to do here is to change your Image Interpolation preference to Bicubic Sharper. The Bicubic default setting doesn't work for us as photographers because typically we have large images. We are then going to resize them down to smaller images. So we want that to be the default setting. Once you set that option there, you can then go to your Image > Image Size dialog window and it will always remember that.
In addition, if you decide to resize with the Crop tool as we will look at later, it will then resize that image with that Bicubic Sharper Image Interpolation. So in some, let's zoom in even further. Here is Bicubic sharper, and then here is Bicubic Smoother. Bicubic Sharper, Smoother. If you want your images to look good, if you want your images to snap, if you want your images to pop, when you either sending them to someone via email or when you are posting them online, you definitely want to use Bicubic Sharper. All right, well I think that I've build up my case for that. Let's go ahead and talk a little bit more about how we can begin to resize our images. We'll do that in the next movie.
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