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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.
The big new feature in this version of Camera RAW is the Adjustment Brush and a related tool, the Graduated Filter Brush. In this movie, I would like to take a look at the Adjustment Brush, which allows you to paint in localized adjustments right here in the Camera RAW window. This is big news, because up until now the only localized adjustment that you could make inside of Camera RAW were with the Spot Removal Brush, which was pretty limited in what it could do. I am going to select the Adjustment Brush from here in the toolbox.
That changes the controls over here to the Adjustment Brush controls. The controls at the bottom of this panel affect the way that an adjustment is laid down. Here I can change the size of my brush, the softness of my brush, and the flow and density of the way the brush will work. I'll leave all of those sliders at their defaults and now I am going to go up and choose the adjustments that I want to make to the peppers on the far left of this image where it's pretty dark, because it was a rainy day. To lighten that area, I am going to increase Brightness and I might increase Exposure a little too.
I don't have to be too precise in making those choices, because I can adjust any of these sliders after I make my brush stroke. Now I'll come into the image and I have a really big brush as you can see. As I have mentioned in other movies, one way to brush size is with the bracket keys on the keyboard. I'll press the left bracket key to make this brush smaller and then, I am just going to come in and paint the adjustments that I have selected on top of the peppers. And as I do so, they automatically become brighter. Now that's pretty exciting, isn't it? You may have notice the screen pin that appeared when I made this adjustment.
The pin represents the underlying mask which isolates this adjustment to just the peppers. If I move my cursor over that pin, you can see the mask. I can alter the mix of adjustments that I have applied to that mask by going back to the Adjustment Brush panel and either changing the Brightness or Exposure sliders or adding something else. So maybe I will add a little more saturation as well and if you have got a sharp eye, you'll see a little more saturation in those peppers.
Now let's say I want to add a completely separate adjustment here over the skulls. I'll go back to the Adjustment Brush controls and this time I'll click New and I'll do something different over the skulls. I am going to make them a little darker. So I'll move the Brightness slider to the left and the Exposure slider and I am going to add a color to the adjustments that I paint in over the skulls. By default, there is a slight warm tone in the color box. If I click the color box, that opens this Color Picker from which I can choose a different color.
I could choose from here or I can just select one of these presets. I'll take this blue color and I'll click OK and now I am going to come in and I am going to paint on top of these skulls and as you can see, it's darkening the skulls and painting them blue. I can always change that effect by coming over to the Adjustment Brush controls again and maybe dragging the Brightness slider to the right. I think that looks a little better or I could even change the color by clicking back on the color field and choosing a different color blue and clicking OK.
And you notice that there is now a second pin in the image right down here and if I move over that pin, you can see the mask associated with this combination of adjustments entirely separate from the local adjustments over here. If I want to delete one of these adjustments, I just have to make sure that it's pin is selected, by clicking on that pin and then I'll press the Delete key on a Mac, or the Backspace key on a PC, and that adjustment is gone and if I wanted to clear out all the adjustments, I could do that by clicking this Clear All button over in the Adjustment Brush controls.
This new tool really increases the usefulness of Adobe Camera RAW. It means that you may have situations where you no longer have to take your image into Photoshop after processing it here in the Camera RAW window. I think you are really going to love this new tool and I hope you will give it a try.
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