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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
At this juncture, in our journey to learn how to use the Adjustment Brush, I think we are ready to dig deeper, and that's exactly what we are going to do here. We are going to take what we have learned so far and add to that some other tips and tricks and shortcuts. In particular, what I want to do is brighten up the face. I also want to apply some selective sharpening. Well, let's press a K key to select the Adjustment Brush, and let's say I want to begin with the brightening of the face. When I move over to my Adjustment Brush controls, it just looks like a huge mess.
How could I get everything back to normal, say so I can just work on exposure? What you can do is click on these little icons, the minus or the plus, and if we click on one of those icons, it will zero out all of the other controls, and just give us a preset amount in this case and the positive for exposure. Now, if we click on one of the negative icons, it does the same thing. It zeroes everything else out, except gives us a negative amount for that particular control. Well in this case, I am going to work on Exposure in the positive. We will click on that and go ahead and increase that amount, just a little bit there.
Next, let's work on our brush size. Hover over the image, Right Bracket key is bigger, Left Bracket key is smaller. What about Feather? We can press Shift+Left Bracket to decrease or Shift+Right Bracket to increase that Feather amount. All right. Well what about Flow? So far what we've said about Flow is that you can click in here, and you can drag to the left or the right. There has to be a better way. Well, indeed there is. What we can do here is simply press Minus in order to decrease our Flow, or we can press or tap multiple times Plus in order to increase our Flow.
This can be a great way to change this. You will notice that when you target one of these controls that highlights the numbers. If you want to go to a different field here or a different control, press the Tab key. As I press the Tab key on Windows, it's going to highlight these different fields. Now, once in those different fields, what I can do is simply type in a number. For example, I can type in six, or for that matter, I could type in two numbers in order to change that overall Density control. We can of course also use the slider. So let's crank that up. All right. Well what I want to do is turn off Auto Mask.
We can do that by pressing the M key. That toggles that on and off. We also want to toggle off showing the mask, so we can press the Y key to turn that on or off. Let's hide those Pins. We can do that by pressing the V key. Quite a bit of shortcuts there, and if any of those shortcuts are new to you, be sure to stop this movie, go back and re-watch that, and write those down, because again here what we are trying to do is really take our workflow to the next level. All right. Well, the next thing I want to do is paint in some brightness. So with this brush and with these different settings, I will go ahead and hover over the image.
I am going to go ahead and just lower that flow even more, press the Minus key there. I am going to start to brighten up this photograph. Now sometimes what happens is when you are brightening something up, you may kind of go over the top, or you may have some transitional edges which are a bit too harsh. We can see especially that's a case over here on the shirt. What I like to do to remove that, let's go to my Erase Brush, increase the Feather by leaps and bounce. I am going to increase the Flow just a little bit. If we have a brush that's really nice and big, with a lot of Feather, we can just start to paint over that transition area. See how that smoothed that out? That made it so it is a little bit more natural, and sometimes by just backing off the effect by painting through this, we can make this effect look that much better.
All right. Well let's press the P key. Here we have our before, and then our after, adding some nice subtle brightening to that area in the image. I am going to decrease this Exposure just a bit there. Press the P key again, before and after. All right. We are ready to sharpen. Well, let's zoom into 100%. We can do so by way of a shortcut: Command+Option+0 on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+0 on a PC. Press the Spacebar key and then click and drag to reposition. Well, here what we want to do is just paint in the sharpening to this particular area of the image.
Let's click on the Preset for Sharpness. We'll do so by clicking on the Plus icon, +25. Perfect! Now, we will go ahead and bring down our brush size and our Feather and our Flow here, and then I am just going to go ahead and start to paint over this area of the photograph. I just want to keep the area that's sharp nice and sharp. I don't need to sharpen anything that's out of focus and a lot of times when sharpening, this is exactly what we need to do. We just want to sharpen little areas of our image, little bit more on the eye so I am going to paint back and forth on that, really building up that eye focus there.
Not necessarily want so much on the cheek, I want to erase from this area. Well, you can hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on a PC. That will toggle your brush to erase. Here I can then change that. Now, here is another little advanced tip that I want to share with you. Currently when I toggle to the Erase Brush, my brush size is identical. Watch this. I will press Option or Alt and there is no change here within my brush size as I work on the image. It's identical in both situations. Well, if I want to disconnect the brush size, or have a different brush size, whether I am adding or erasing, here is what you can do.
You can click on this icon here, and you can separate the Eraser size. Well, now I will go to Erase. I will choose a really big brush size, just by way or illustration and then go back to Add, we can see a small brush size. So now when I hover over the image and press Option or Alt, you can see that it goes to erase with completely new brush settings. So sometimes it may be helpful to have separate settings, other times, you may want these exactly connected. If so, simply click off this option so that those aren't separated. All right.
Well that was a little bit of an advanced tip there. Let's focus back in on the sharpening. Sharpening is looking good. We are going to add a little bit of clarity here as well, just to build that up even more. Next, let's press the P key. Here we have our before and now our after, and this image is looking much better, and along the way I hope you picked up some advanced tips which will help you work even more effectively with the Adjustment Brush.
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