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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's take a look at how we can open up an image in Adobe Camera Raw, then make some changes and then save that file. We're going to work on this file here. It's antelope_valley. You can find in the 07_ camera_raw folder, subfolder bw. In order to open this one up, I'm going to right-click or Ctrl+Click and then select Open in Camera Raw. This will then open up in Camera Raw and whenever in Camera Raw you always want to press the F key to go to the full screen view. Well, here let's say that what I want to do is simply increase my Contrast, my Vibrance and my Color Saturation, so that the image has a little bit more of a snap, and I may modify the overall Color Temperature just a touch here as well.
All right, well now that I've made these changes I'm ready to save this image. So I'll go ahead and click on Save Image. Now when I do that, it opens up the Save Options dialog. The first thing that I have to define is the location. By default, it will save this in the same exact location. Here, you can see that folder that we're working from. Next I have the ability to rename the file if I so desire. We have a number of different options that we can use here, and we can also combine these different options together.
For example, we could use a Document Name + perhaps a 1 Digit Serial Number. All right, we'll begin that number with a 1, so the new file name will be antelope_valley1.whatever. Now what file extension do we want? We have again a number of different options. We can choose DNG, JPEG, TIFF or PSD, and you'll notice that you have the option of either having lowercase or uppercase extensions for that file name. Let's go ahead and save this one out as a JPEG.
Now when I say this as a JPEG you'll notice that it gives me a quality setting, and here I can define how high a quality setting I want for this image. On the other hand, if I choose something like Digital Negative we have some other options regards to the compatibility and also the embedded size of the JPEG preview. Let's take a look at our last two options, TIFF, we have some Compression options, and then finally Photoshop over here is just going to save this straight out as a PSD file. Whatever we choose all that we need to do is then simply click Save, and that will then save this file.
It will show us a progress down here. Now once it's saved the file, all that we need to do then is simply click Done in order to exit out of Camera Raw. Now when we head back to that folder, you'll notice that we have a raw file here and then when we click on this new PSD file we now have this image where all of those Camera Raw settings have been applied into that file. Those can't be changed anymore. On the other hand, we can go back to this image, right. We could right-click and Open in Camera Raw, and then we could make yet another change.
Click Done, so in this case we have a lot of flexibility. Yet once we save that raw file out with those settings to a format like PSD or TIFF or JPEG, they are a little bit more locked in or a little bit more applied or baked into the file. So just keep that in mind as you make your decision in regards to how you want to save your files while using Camera Raw.
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