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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
When you're satisfied with the changes that you've made to your RAW files and you decide that you don't have any further editing that you want to do in Photoshop, there are only two things you need to do: you need to check your workflow settings and then click Save Image. So let's go into our Workflow Options, and I know that I'm going to save this image as a JPEG image and I'll probably be posting it on the web. So I am going to change my color space down to sRGB. I'll change my bit depth down to 8-bit.
I've got the smallest file size selected here, and I can change the Resolution down to 72 if I want to. The important thing to note is that you really need to come into the Workflow Options in order to set the space and depth and size and resolution for the project that you're working on. If I wanted to add some sharpening at this point for Screen, I'll add that and I'll leave the Amount set to Standard. Then when I click the Save Image button, we can decide where to save the file-- we might want to save it in the same location--or we could select another folder.
We can rename the file if we want to. So in this case, I might want to put an _ME after it, which just tells me that it's my master edited file, and then I'll change my format to JPEG. I can either choose to include all of my metadata or I can limit this down to maybe just my copyright and contact info. And I can choose my Quality setting. In this case, I'll leave it set to High, because I want to balance the file size with the image quality.
If I move this all the way up to Maximum, then I'll get a better-looking file, but it's going to be a lot larger. So usually the High setting is kind of a good trade-off for posting images or saving images for the web. I should just point out that there are other options as well. If we were starting with a raw file, like a CRW or an NEF, we could convert that file to a digital negative, or the DNG file format. We could also export this as a TIFF file or as a Photoshop file.
When I click Save, if we look down in the lower-left, well, that was really quick, but it does say that it's processing the file here. If I had 500 images, we could see that it was processing all 500 of those images. The nice thing is we can continue working while it's actually processing those files. I'll go ahead and click Done, and in Bridge, we can see that we have our new document with the _ME, which tells me it's my master edited file. So the Save button in Camera RAW, an excellent way to quickly process and save your images directly from Camera RAW when no additional edits are needed in Photoshop.
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