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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.
Here we are going to take a look at a brand-new panel inside of the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw, and it's called the fx panel. What are we going to do here is deconstruct how some these effects work here in this panel. Let's go ahead and click on the fx icon in order to access the fx panel, or we can press the shortcut: Command+Option +7 on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+7 on Windows. All right, for starters you can see here that we can do a few things. We can either add creative effect, which is adding Film Grain, or we can do some Post Crop Vignetting.
Let's start off at the top and work on Film Grain. We are going to double-click the Zoom tool to take this demo file up to 100%, and all it is is a gray image. Now if we increase the Amount of the Film Grain, here we can see that we have a lot of Film Grain. The size is relatively small. We can control its size with this controller here. Now what's interesting about this, as this becomes smaller, the size becomes a little bit more sharp, or precise. Let me show you what I mean. I am going to zoom in on this. See, we have no size or zero size. When I click and drag this up, see how it's much more soft or much less defined? So again, you should think of this as sharpness almost in regards to the type of grain we have.
Let's double-click the Zoom tool to zoom out. What about Roughness? Roughness, has to do with how uniform or not uniform the grain is. Click and drag to the left. It's completely 100% uniform. It's all the same. Click and drag the right. Now all of a sudden there's these kind of random varieties that are showing up here in this Film Grain. All right. Well, let's go ahead and reset these controls. We will do so by pressing Option or Alt and then clicking on Cancel, which has now become reset. The next I want to look at is Post Crop Vignetting. In order to have work with Post Crop Vignetting I am going to zoom out a little bit, and we can zoom out by pressing Command+Minus or Ctrl+Minus.
Next, I'll select the Crop tool by pressing the C key. I am going to go ahead and click and drag over an area of this demo file. What we can do is we can click and drag to the left in order to add a darkening effect. Click and drag to the right in order to have a brightening effect. Now this works in similar ways to Lens Vignetting, but it's different. Let me show you what I mean. When I drag to the left and darken this, if I resize my crop, it's going to completely follow my crop, and it's going to actually change based on the type of crop that I have, and here you can see the shape is shifting a little bit to fit this particular type of a crop.
We also have some controls in here, which are quite interesting. We can control the Midpoint. We've seen that before with Lens Vignetting, but now we can also control the roundness. The best way to see this is to first remove the Feathering, so I am going to go ahead and decrease that. Now here with the roundness you can see that I can change the type of shape that this is, and we can make this a complete circle. Now Feathering, as you can imagine, allows us to add a soft or transitional edge here, and we can go and change that one way or another.
Now all these controls work the same way, whether we're darkening, or for that matter if we're brightening, and here again, you can see that we can control or dial in these type of effects in this sort of way. Now that we seen that, let's go ahead and move on to our next demo file. It's titled demo02.jpg. What I want to do here, again, is make a crop over this gradient that I've added to this gray background image here. And what I want to do is go ahead and let's say darken up the image. Now currently you can see that we've selected a style of highlight priority.
If we go ahead and change this, we can choose Color Priority. It will look very similar. And the one that's going to look pretty different initially is Paint Overlay. When I choose Paint Overlay, you notice that what it's doing is is as if it's more paining a dark color over the entirety of the image. Compare that to Highlight, here you can see that the Highlight is kind of responding to the highlights a little bit differently, and the shape is a touch different. It's not so much graying out or blackening the image as it is kind of responding to it. We also have access to this controller down here called Highlights.
Click and drag this to the right, and you can see how I'm bringing back my highlights here, and you can see that the Edge Effect is not affecting this portion of the image here where cropping the image. Now this also follows with you wherever you go in regards to making a crop adjustment. Now if I change this to Paint Overlay, take a look at the difference. Well now the option is really stark. We can see that it's just kind of dimming out everything. When I go back to Highlight Overlay, I still have nice, bright highlights. It's not going on top of those areas.
All right, let's take a look at demo file 03. In here, what we are going to do is simply apply the effect without cropping at all. I will go-ahead and darken up the image, I am going to bring my Midpoint in pretty significantly, and then I am going to compare this to the style of Paint Overlay. Now Paint Overlay, as we have mentioned, is just a little bit more of kind of a diffused darkening effect. On the other hand, let's go to Color or Highlight Priority, and when we choose one of those options, it's now paying attention to the highlights. It's trying to protect those a little bit more.
We can use this Highlight slider to bring those highlights back, and you can see how the highlights which were covered by that darker tone are now being brought back. I should point out, of course, that this is only going to work when we are darkening the image. If we go ahead and brighten those same corners, we don't have access to that, because obviously highlights are kind of becoming irrelevant. Now what you'll find is that these different styles will work better on certain images and not on others, so what you are going to need to do is experiment a bit with these different styles to see which style will work best on whatever the task is at hand. All right.
Well, now that we briefly deconstructed these two effects, Film Grain and Post Crop Vignetting, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can apply what we know to a couple of images.
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