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Adobe Photoshop is more than just an image editing application—it is a foundational staple in all the visual arts, from print design, to photography, to web design, to motion graphics and 3D graphics. In this course, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins covers the basics of Photoshop. Learn about the components of visual images, making selections, color correcting, fixing images, outputting images, and much more. This course uses Photoshop CS6, but the information presented is applicable to all versions of the application.
Another great little tool that comes with Photoshop, is something called Adobe Camera Raw, which is meant for editing raw images. Let's talk a little bit about what that is first. I'm here in Bridge, I want to go to the exercise files, which I've also added to my favorites, which I might recommend you doing as you go through this course. I"m going to open up chapter two, and you'll notice I have two images in there, and they look almost identical. If we zoom in to these thumbnails, we have a .CR2 file and a .JPEG file. And these were both taken with the same camera at the exact same time, so it's essentially the same image.
But one is processed, this JPEG image has been processed. And this CR2 file is what's known as a raw camera image. See when cameras take pictures, they can process them, and often do process them, like this JPEG image, and they have to interpret the data that's coming into it. So, often times we get these JPEGs. They do the trick and they're okay, but they often have problems with them. And I'm going to click my Loop tool here, my preview.
And it might be hard to see on your screen, but there's some artifacting here, there's some kind of ghosting around the edges. These colors are just ugly, there's just not a very pleasant image. But again, this is the exact same image, but this is taken and this was raw. And so the camera when it takes a raw image doesn't process any of the data, so you have this unadulterated, pristine, beautiful image to play with. So, the edges look great, the colors look much better, and this is exactly what my eye saw. When I was there taking that picture.
So, I'm just going to close this preview out. Now Adobe Camera Raw is a tool for editing these raw images. And we can right-click and see open in Camera Raw here. But we can also do that with our JPEG. So, Camera Raw was such a popular tool that people were saying, hey, I want to be able to edit all kinds of files in Camera Raw. So, Adobe made that functionality available for other file types. Not just raw. What I can do here in bridge if I have a raw image. If I just double-click it, it opens up Photoshop and it opens up Camera Raw. That's kind of like plugin for Photoshop.
And we have here some basic controls. But it's amazing how pristine the quality of these controls is. It just looks phenomenal. So, for example temperature. I can cool this down by dragging this to the left, I could warm it up by dragging it to the right. And I could adjust exposure, make it brighter, everything becomes a little brighter here. And I could also take this down if I wanted to. I could increase the contrast, I could brighten the highlights or darken the highlight.
Same thing with the shadows. And we have whites and blacks as well. And clarity, which is basically like contrast, but only for the mid-tones. And we have saturation, which brightens all the colors, makes them more vivid. And then we have Vibrant, which is a brilliant control, which kind of does the same thing as Saturation, except that it has more reverence for skin tones. And it wont blow out the skin tones and make you look all orange like an oompa loompa really fast. So, that's a great slider to play with as well, and I might take this down a little bit, take down the temperature kind of back to where it was, and there's other more advanced controls as well.
For playing with colors, we have a great curve here, and we also have this HSL gray-scale tab which in, get, by clicking here, and allows us to play with individual hues independently. So we can take the blues and adjust just the blues, or the aquas. And that way we can play just the sky or just the trees, and we can adjust the saturation of just these different color ranges, or the luminants of individual color ranges as well. Now, one of the coolest things about Adobe Camera Raw is that once you're done editing it, and actually, let me go ahead and make this ridiculous.
I'm going to go back to our original basic, settings here. I'm going to do something really crazy. I'm going to take the tint over and make this, like, really green, and really underexposed, just a really crazy, crazy thing here. And then I'm going to go ahead and click Open Image. If I already clicked done, then it would still accept the changes but it wouldn't open it in Photoshop but I want to open it in Photoshop as well so I'll go ahead and click Open Image. So that saves my changes and opens it in Photoshop for further editing. But if I go back to Adobe Bridge, you'll notice that the changes show up in bridge but if I right-click, I can choose reveal and finder so I can see this in my operating system's browser here. And you'll see that Adobe Camera Raw has created this XMP file. And what this is, is that that stores all the changes that I just made in Camera Raw.
It's completely non-destructive. All of the changes don't apply to the image itself, it's all just stored in this little XMP sidecar file. So, if I wanted to I could just delete this file, and, this image would just start over from scratch. You'll see that bridge updated the preview automatically, and it's gone. So anything you do in a Adobe Camera Raw, again completely nondestructive, completely safe. You're not going to mess up anything and it just creates that little XMP file and that's where all the changes are saved. So, if you wanted to move this image to a different folder, make sure you take along that XMP file as well so that the data in the CR2 file or whatever Camera Raw image you are using, can reference that XMP file. And keep those changes if you want them.
Working with raw images is really the ultimate way to work with images with Photoshop, and Adobe Camera Raw is a great tool to help you with that.
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