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We've already talked about Camera Raw being non-destructive. And the next feature really emphasizes this point. Were going to talk about snapshots. So let's select the three horses and use Cmd + R or Ctrl + R in order to open the file in Camera Raw. What I would like to do is I would like to have three different versions of this image. But I want them to all be contained within a single document. So I don't want to actually duplicate the file three times on my hard drive, because that's going to take up a lot of space. Well, with Camera Raw I can make those adjustments and save them within Camera Raw as snapshots. So let's go ahead and do that.
The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to add some contrast. Add a little bit of clarity and then add a little bit of vibrance. So let's say this is the first version or the first way that I've processed the image that I like. Moving over to the snapshots icon. I'll click the add new snapshot at the bottom. And we'll call this my color version. I'll click OK and you can see that, that snapshot is now added. So now, let's go to the HSL and grayscale panel, and we'll convert it to grayscale. I'm not really sure I like the conversion, so I'll select my targeted adjustment tool for the grayscale mix, and I'll click and drag to the right at this bottom horse.
No, let's drag to the left and make it a little bit darker. Maybe we can click and drag on the next one, just make it a little bit lighter. Then I'll return to the basic panel, and I'm going to take off some of this contrast and I might decrease the clarity a little bit as well. Now, let's say I want to save this as my second version. We'll return back to snapshots, click on the new icon, and we'll call this the black and white snapshot. Then the last version that I want is going to be a sepia tone. So I'll move over to split toning.
I'll hold down the Option or the Alt key in order to move the hue and select the color that I want. I'll release the Option or the Alt key and just dial in the amount of saturation. Then I'll use the balance slider to limit that color to just the very darkest areas of my image. Finally, I'll return back to the snapshots panel, click the plus icon, and we'll call this sepia. Now, you can see that it's very easy for me to simply click on a different snapshot here and change the way that my image is processed.
So these are just little sets of instructions inside of Camera Raw that's telling Camera Raw how to display the image. When I click done, you'll notice that in Bridge, Bridge is going to show me that currently selected snapshot, but if I wanted to change this all I need to do was use Cmd or Ctr + R to return back to Camera Raw, move to the snapshot panel and select maybe black and white. I'll click Done and now you can see that Bridge has updated that thumbnail to show me the current snapshot.
Of course, we could duplicate my image multiple times and then apply different settings to each version, but that takes up two or three times as much space on my hard drive depending on how many versions I have. And although I have to admit, sometimes I will make multiple copies, if I think that I will forget that I have processed the file in more than one way and am keeping those snapshots in a single document. But for the most part, I'd rather keep one original on my hard drive, which takes up much less room, and then have Camera Raw manage the different sets of processing instructions for the different multiple versions of that image.
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