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Using Camera Raw

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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.

Using Camera Raw

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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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

43 video lessons · 10639 viewers

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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