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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.
In this chapter we're going to focus in on the Effects Panel. In the Effects Panel, we can add Film Grain; we can also add some interesting Post Crop Vignetting Effects. Well, let's start off with Grain. Here I'll grab the Zoom Tool and I'll zoom in a little bit on this gray document that I've created here. There is nothing else in this file, except for gray. Well, if we click and drag on our Amount slider, we're going to see that all of a sudden we have this Grain, which is kind of embedded and part of the image. Well, as we increase the Amount, how then can we change the Grain with Size and Roughness? Let me decrease the Roughness for a moment, so we can focus in on Size.
Well, Size is pretty straightforward. We can either have smaller, fine-grain or as we click and drag this to the right, you'll notice that the grains are a little bit more spread out; the granules are a little bit bigger. Roughness, as you drag this to the right, it introduces this randomization, this different pattern that you can see across your photograph. Now here I've exaggerated the Amount, Size, and Roughness. More realistic might be that what you would do is you'd dial in your overall Amount here. Next you're going to control the Size and then dial in some Roughness, so that, that will then match or enhance the style of the photograph that you want to create.
What about Post Crop Vignetting? For that let's go to our next file. Let's go to this one here which is demo02 and then let's select our Crop Tool. When you select the Crop Tool, what you can do is you can click can drag across the image. Here I'll go ahead and click and drag, and then I'll press Enter or Return in order to apply that. Well, once we have cropped an image, we can't really affect the edges of the photograph, because we've cropped those out. So if we were to try to go to say our Lens Corrections and Lens Vignetting, we would see that that effect, primarily it's affecting these outer edges here, it's not reaching far enough into our inner edges.
This is especially true if we have an image that's cropped really dramatically. These adjustments, they just won't make their way all the way into this crop area. Well, in ordered to have a Vignette effect that fits the crop, we need to go to the fx panel and here what will happen is, once we've applied the crop, it will then follow that. As I drag my Amount down, you can see that it's following or tracking with whatever size and shape I've determined for my crop. You can see how it's also kind of changing the overall characteristics of that vignette effect.
So let's crop the image a little bit here and press Enter or Return and see if we can't understand how these different controls work. The Amount slider allows us to either darken or brighten the edges. Next, after that we have Midpoint. This is how far in this effect goes towards the middle of this cropped area. But then we have Roundness, and Feather, and Highlights. What are these about? Well, if you drag Roundness down, you can make this crop area a little bit more of an oval.
Then as we decrease Feather, we are going to remove that soft edge so that we now have a pretty hard edge. And so by using these different controls, we can either brighten or darken the edges of our photograph by dialing this in, in regards to the overall shape of this, and here you can see we can come up with some pretty fascinating results. Well, let's go to a little bit more of a traditional result. Let's say that what we want to do is, we want to darken the edges, and we want to do so in a way that we have kind of this subtle sort of a darkening effect, which just comes in around the edge of our photograph.
So I'm just going to try to dial in a shape that might work for, trying to do that. Well, now that we've done that, let's look at our different styles. If you click on this pull down menu, you see that you have Highlight and Color Priority. These two are really similar. What Highlight Priority does is it tries not to apply the Vignette over highlighted areas, because a real Vignetting Effect wouldn't be as dark over a highlight. So it kind of protects those areas. We can also bring those highlights back as you can see here - let me make this a little bit more intense, so you can see that with this Highlight slider.
I should also point out if you are brightening your image, well then that's going to disable the highlights, because you obviously can't use those or you don't need to use those, because it's brightening, rather than darkening. So with highlight priority, we can use this Highlight slider. With Color priority, if we had a color image, it would be a very similar vignette, but it would just try to protect the colors, so that the Vignette Effect didn't shift the Hue or the Color of the area where the vignette was covering. Last but not least, we have Paint Overlay.
This is just kind of like having a darkening effect over an image that doesn't really pay attention to Brightness value at all. It's almost like a traditional vignette that we would see if we were just to paint black around the edges of our images, or for that matter if you we were to paint gray or maybe even white over those edges. So this is much more uniform of an affect. Well now that we've seen this on a demo file, let's take a look at how we can apply these on a color image. Here I will click on this file here and what I want to do is apply this Post Crop Vignetting and work with these controls.
I also should point out that you don't have to crop your image to work with these settings. You can apply these to the entirety of the photograph as we're going to do here. Well, here we could brighten up those edges by clicking and dragging to the right. We could control the Midpoint, how far that brightening effect is going to go into the middle of the picture. You can set the Roundness of that. You can also control the Feather. Here let's create a darkening effect so that we can see how that might look with a photograph like this as well. And again, by using these controls, we can create this darkening edge, or we can correct that or remove that.
Next, you can see we have this Highlight Priority option selected. Here I can recover those highlights; you can see those primarily. If I darken this more, we can see those up here in these whites and also in these pinks, these brighter tones. It's allowing me to bring back some detail there, and if I bring this in perhaps even further, you can start to see how this Highlight slider is going to allow me to bring in some of those highlights in those areas. Next, when we look at Color Priority, we'll see that it doesn't affect the color as much. And then, last but not least, we have Paint Overlay.
Now Paint Overlay, it just looks really different. It's more like even darkening all across the image. Compare that now to Highlight Priority. You see more of the texture, more of the brightness value, and so the real difference here is between either Color or Highlight Priority, those two are very similar, and then Paint Overlay, as you can see as I go back and forth between these different options. So what then type of a style is best? Highlight, Color, or Paint? Well, that really depends upon the effect that you want to create.
What you want to do is try out the different styles to see which works best with your photographs. Let's go ahead and start applying what we've learned to a few different photographs, and let's do that in the next few movies.
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