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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.
As I mentioned previously one of the nice things about Adobe Camera Raw is it the way that it's built kind of follows a natural workflow. We typically work top to bottom and then left or right. So let's go ahead and navigate to another tab and the tab that we are going to go to allows us to work with Noise and also Sharpening. So if we click on the next tab you can see we have access to the Tone Curve. This is another way to modify the overall tone in our photograph. Well we've already taken care of that so we are going to skip that panel and then go right to the Detail panel.
The Detail panel has controls for both Sharpening and also Noise Reduction. At the base of this panel it tells you that for a more accurate preview you need to zoom the preview size to 100% or larger because here I can't really see any Noise at all. Yet, if we zoom in to 100% by double- clicking the Zoom tool and then pressing the Spacebar key and clicking-and-dragging, what we will soon discover is that there is a lot of Noise. One of the reasons why we are seeing so much Noise is because I was capturing this image with a higher ISO, there was a low light scenario so I needed to do that, and my Exposure was off.
So if this image is going to be printed full page I really need to fix this up. Well let's start off with Noise Reduction. We have both Luminance and Color Reduction, if we reduce the Color Reduction what we'll see is there are all these little color artifacts in the background, let me zoom in way on that. And here you can see as I increase that well it just removes the color variation there. Well what about Luminance? This has to do with luminosity, as I increase this you can see there is less variation here in this area. Let's double-click that Zoom tool to go back to the 100% view and then once we are there we can press the Spacebar key to reposition our view.
You want to evaluate this at about 100% so you have a nice accurate perspective and here you can evaluate the Noise. Well in reducing say our Luminance and also Color Noise what's happening is the image is becoming a little bit too soft because when you reduce Noise you're reducing those sharp edge details, therefore we need to sharpen the image a little bit, we can increase our overall amount of Sharpening and then decrease the Radius so that it's more focused in on the small details. In regards to the details this has to do with texture.
We will talk a lot more about these sliders later, but for now typically with people you use a pretty low detail amount. Then if you just want to sharpen the edges of things you can click-and-drag to increase the Masking amount. Well now that we've done that we want to evaluate the before and after of the work that we've done in this panel. To do so press the P key or click on this icon, and what that will do is it will show us the before and then click again, and then the after of just this panel, just these adjustments. Well those adjustments look great, let's go ahead and zoom back out to Fit in View Mode, to do that double-click on the Hand tool, now we're ready to move to our next step in this workflow and we'll do that in the next movie.
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