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Understanding the Effects controls

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

Video: Understanding the Effects controls

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.

Understanding the Effects controls

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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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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