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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
So if you've been following along and watching some of the other videos in this course, you've probably heard me say multiple times now that one of the reasons why I love Camera Raw is that it's nondestructive. This next feature is called snapshots and it really just brings home how powerful this concept is of nondestructive workflows. It lets you create different versions of a file and keep all those versions within a single file instead of having to copy these larger Raw files or JPEG files all over your hard drive. Here's the image here and I'm going to go ahead and open up the Snapshots file, Command+R, Ctrl+R to open up this JPEG in Camera Raw.
Now this is an interesting shot. It's kind of nice but I can't decide, do I want this to be a horizontal crop or a vertical crop. It was shot vertically but it actually might be a stronger composition if we make it a horizontal crop. Either way I want to be able to have the flexibility of experiment and play with both. So I'm going to press the C key to switch to the Crop tool. I'm going to make sure my Crop Aspect Ratio is set to 2-3 because I want a 4x6 print here. And let's begin with a vertical crop. So I'll start in the lower right corner here and we'll drag out a crop. That's that proportion and that's pretty decent. That's fine.
Maybe I want to bring it up a little bit and position it little bit. So, let me cut out just so it's little bit more like that, more of a little angle composition there from corner to corner. Okay, that looks great. I'm going to go ahead and hit the Enter key and now I want to play with a horizontal crop and compare the two and play back and forth and kind of preview before and after. So to do that, there's actually a feature specifically built-in to Camera Raw to do just that. It's called the Snapshots panel. I'll click over all away on the right Snapshots and I'm going to create a new snapshot. Now when you click on the New Snapshot button, it basically captures everything you've done at this particular point in time to this particular image and then lets you give it a name.
So I'm going to call this Vertical, great, and click OK. I'm going to press the C key again to go back to the Crop tool and this time I'm going to go ahead and modify this to be a horizontal crop, and I just drag that down far enough so that snaps to being horizontal. All right, so now I'm going to kind of figure out where I want this crop to be, like so and right about there. That's looking kind of interesting. Again, I'm just kind of experimenting here. Maybe I don't want that white spot to appear in that corner. So that's right about there as where I'm going to put it.
And then I hit Return and now I've got a horizontal version of this image. I'm going to go ahead and click the New Snapshot button in the Snapshots panel and we'll call this Horizontal. Now there's no limit to the number of snapshots you can include in a given file. You can create as many variations as you want. So let's say that I like this horizontal version and I want to create a horizontal black and white version as well. So I'm going to go back over to the Hue /Saturation panel and I'll turn on the Convert to Grayscale checkbox.
And now I have a very quick black and white. I'm not going to bother adjusting this a little bit. I'll just leave it and go with this for now just to prove the point. Let's go back over to the Snapshots panel, click on that again and now we'll create yet another new snapshot. Click on the New button and I'll call it Horizontal B&W and go ahead and click OK. The current snapshot is what's being shown in the Preview area but I can click back and forth between them. So now I can go from Horizontal to Horizontal B&W to Vertical and go back and forth and really compare.
So you can create special effects and say that there's a snapshot at the border, at the vignette, at film grain. Each one of these can be different creative variations. Again, it makes it easy to go back and just choose the one you want and save out a separate file, so you can show to your client or whatever. I'm going to go ahead and click the Done button and that takes me back to Bridge and you can see that thumbnail updates itself. If I go back and reopen this JPEG, because it's already got setting applied to it now, I can just double-click directly. And if I now want to get back to the Vertical version, I can just go back to the Snapshots panel and click on that Snapshot Vertical.
It's saved with the file. So it's nondestructive on a whole other level. There's my Vertical version. I click Done and now the thumbnail in Bridge is showing me that version of the file. So I really encourage you to take advantage of this feature, especially when you're exploring different options. Maybe reviewing them with a family member or client, depending on who you're engaging with, with your particular photographs, and it just lets you kind of experiment and not lose all those different experimentations along the way.
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