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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.
Alright, well, here, let's do one more mini project, where we look at how we can use Camera Raw creatively in order to change the color and tone and mood of our photographs. And this time let's explore how we can use some of our different controls in kind of a nontraditional way. Well, with this image what I'm going to start off doing is I'm going to increase my overall Clarity, and I might change the Color Temperature just to warm it up a bit. Now, here these initial adjustments really aren't that big of a deal, but we have to typically start in the Basic Panel. After having made these adjustments, I'm going to jump straight to my Tone Curve Panel and here I'm going to work on Point Curve.
And I'm emphasizing the Point Curve, because a lot of us have used Photoshop and we know how we can tap into these different channels. We can click and drag in order to bring up Brightness values into different parts of our photograph, and here I'm just looking to try to bring in some of this color into the picture. Next, I'll go to my Green Magenta Channel and in the Green Magenta Channel, I'm going to add a few points here as well, changing the way that this looks. And then finally, I'll go to the Blue Yellow Channel, and I'm also going to bring in a little bit of a yellow here. I'll just look for the right amount with this photograph.
Alright, well so far so good. We can see that we've used these controls to change the color palette, but next I want to kind of go off track. I'm going to go over to the Camera Calibration tab by clicking on the Camera icon. What I'm going to do is modify my Shadow color. I'm going to drag this way over to the right. In doing that you can see I kind of brought out some of those deep rich tones in the shadows. I'm also going to work on my Reds and I'm going to saturate those up even more. And then I'm going to go to my Blue Primaries and I'm going to bring out some of the Blues here.
You can see how that's kind of bringing out brightness in the boat. By using these sliders, again, in a way that isn't necessarily traditional or prescribed, we're kind of breaking the rules a little bit here. We're able to process our image in a way that it doesn't even really make sense, except that we've modified these sliders and mixed things together; it's almost like we're mixing paint now. We're creating our own color palette by in a way kind of breaking the rules. Well, if we look at the overall before and after by going to Snapshots or Presets and then by pressing the P key, we can see that here was the original image, the one that we thought initially was, was kind of nice, but then now, here is the after, something which takes on just a completely different mood, tone, or feel.
And so my whole intent on showing you these little mini projects, again, is just to get you thinking about how you can use all of these techniques that you've learned and how you can use these in creative ways in order to come up with some compelling and unique results for your photographs.
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