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This course explores the newest version of Photoshop from a photographer's perspective—helping users of previous versions of Photoshop make upgrade decisions and get up to speed with CS6. Author Chris Orwig covers the improvements to Camera Raw, including the improved exposure controls, Adjustment Brush tool, and Lens Correction filter. He then addresses the enhancements in Photoshop, such as the new Layer panel behavior, which makes renaming and organizing layers almost effortless, and image-editing features like content-aware retouching, photorealistic blur effects, and redefined nondestructive cropping; plus the brand-new ability to edit video in Photoshop. The final chapter addresses the new Creative Cloud subscription option, detailing features of interest to photographers: the enhanced Blur Gallery and Liquify filters, conditional actions, and improvements to the Crop tool.
Now that you have seen the Adobe Camera RAW basic controls in action, you may want to go back to some of your older images which you processed using a previous version of Camera RAW. You may want to update the way you process those files. Well, let's take a look at how we can do that here. How we can update the process version. We will be working with these two images, tahoe_01 and tahoe_02. Click on one, hold down Command or Ctrl-- Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows-- and then select both of those images.
Then press Command+R on a Mac, Ctrl+R on Windows. Now here in the bottom right-hand corner, you will see this exclamation point. That's telling me that this image has been processed by a previous version of Camera RAW. In order to illustrate the difference, what I also want to do here is turn on the Clipping Indicator icons here, or click on those. This shows me I have loss of detail in this area of the snow. In order to update the process version, we will go ahead and click on this exclamation point, and it I will update this to latest version of Camera RAW.
Now in doing that, all of a sudden all of that area, all of that loss of detail, well it's gone. You also may have noticed that it changed all of these controls and settings. Well, what's the deal? What's happened here? Well, let's look at that other image and let's deconstruct this a little further. This is a photograph, by the way, when we went to visit Truckee in California. We were playing in the snow. I like the emotion of this picture, but we have this loss of detail. Well, with the default settings, you can see I have Recovery, Fill Light, Blacks, and really these settings are all over the map.
Once you click on this exclamation point, it updates that to the most recent process version and it changes these controls. It also zeroes everything out. So again, this image just by default is at a better place. Now if we wanted to further modify this-- I think this photograph could use a little bit of contrast, also might want to bring my highlights down. I might want a little bit more in the snow there as well as with my whites. And then I might want to darken up some of those shadows just a touch here.
Again, just modifying a few of those settings. So, once you've updated the process version, what happens is the way this image is processed has changed. Then you may need to make some other adjustments, because these controls, well, they work in a different way. Let's go ahead and apply some adjustments to the other image as well. With this one I'll go ahead and bring my highlights down, add a little bit of contrast, again just make some adjustments so that this image looks visually interesting to my eye.
And really, I'm interested in just trying to have a nice photograph here. To view the preview of the before and after-- you remember the shortcut. It's the P key. So here's our before; now here is our after. After having clicked on the exclamation point to update the process version, and then after having made any needed adjustments, all that we need to do is to simply click Done in order to apply those adjustments to these images.
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