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As Ansel Adams once said, "The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance." Now, with Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques, creating breathtaking prints is within reach. In this course, photographer and instructor Chris Orwig teaches techniques and workflows for crafting powerful and enduring images that bring the photographer's vision to life. From producing a business card to visiting a working press, Chris covers everything photographers need to know to achieve unique, compelling results from the printing process. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this chapter we are going to walk through a typical Desktop printing workflow starting off with a raw photograph. Here I have this fun photograph that I captured of my good friend Sarah and her bridal party there and I climbed up in a tree to get this perspective. It's a raw file. So the first thing that I need to do is open this up in Camera Raw by pressing Command+O on a Mac. That's Ctrl+O on a PC. That will open up Camera Raw inside of Adobe Photoshop. Now when I'm working in Camera Raw, I like to always work in full screen, so you can press the F key to toggle between the Full Screen View Mode and the Regular View Mode. You can also click this icon here to do that as well.
All right, well the next thing that I'm going to do is rotate this image. So I'll click on the Rotate icon because I want to make this photograph a little bit more about Sarah. Rather than having her at the bottom of frame, I'll have her right there in the middle of frame. Later I'll be cropping this image. Yet for now, I really want to determine if I have enough information and if the information that I have is good and that's really important in regards to printing. So in order to do that, I'm going to press Command+Option+0, on a PC. That's Ctrl+Alt+0. Next I'll press the Spacebar key and I'm going to click and drag and I really want to focus in on the bride here Sarah. Now I have great detail, I don't see any potential problems, so I'm pretty good to go. So I'll then zoom back out to fit in view and I'll do that by pressing Command+0 on a Mac or Ctrl+0 on PC.
Now if Camera Raw is new to you I have a whole other training title on Camera Raw, be sure to check that out to learn how to use Camera Raw. We are not going to really talk about how to use Camera Raw in depth here, so again dig deeper into that by watching that other training title. But here, all that I'm going to do is simply click on this Auto button here, this will be give me some auto adjustments, so we will try to modify the image just a little bit and the other thing that I'm going to do is make sure that my Workflow Options are at the Native Size. I will go and click on the link at the bottom. What I mean by that is you can see there is nothing subtracted or added to the native size of the chip for this particular camera. It's a 12.7 megapixel chip, so I have the native size.
So when I zoom in all the way as I did there with that shortcut previously, I'm seeing the actual pixels, not anything taken away or not anything added. All right, great. So now that I have gone through this and I'm at my Native Size, I'll go ahead and click OK. I'm ready to make a few subtle improvements and enhancements in Camera Raw, so I'll go ahead and do that now. I'll increase the Temperature just a bit because I want to warm this image up, just a touch there. Clarity, I'm going to increase as well, add a little bit of Contrast, a touch of Fill Light and I also be modifying the overall tone inside of Photoshop. So I'm not too concerned about my Camera Raw controls here though.
Next, I'm going to do is go to the Detail panel. I'll just make sure I have a low amount of Detail Sharpening. I don't want to do that because I have a photograph of people, this will then focus the native sharpening on the edges a little bit more. I'm going to make sure I have a little bit of Luminance and Color Noise Reduction. Most of her images will need a touch of that and at this juncture I'm going to say, you know what? This image is fine. It's a pretty good file, it's good to go, let's go ahead and open this image up in Photoshop. So I'll click Open Image, it will then open this file up at it's native size inside of Photoshop, I'll press F to go to Full Screen View Mode and here we are ready to begin the work in Photoshop and we will do that in the next movie.
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