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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can do some post-crop vignetting work with this particular image. So let's navigate over to our Effects panel. We are going to do that by way of a shortcut. If you're on a Mac, Command+Option+7; on Windows, Ctrl+Alt+7. Well now that we are here, I am going to go ahead and press the C key to select the Crop tool. I will go ahead and simply click and drag over the image. I'm not really too concerned about the crop area, but I simply want to extend the crop out to show, or highlight, how this post-crop vignetting works.
Well, once we have a crop area defined, what we can do is then add some vignetting. In this case, I am going to go ahead and darken up the corners. Now if I change my crop, the darken effect will travel with this crop area. Now, of course, you don't always work with this tool in this view. Many times what you will do is press Enter or Return to apply the crop and then dial in the post-crop vignetting. Now that we have the crop here that we want to work with, let's take a look at how these controls actually work on a photograph. Well, here we have our amount.
Our midpoint is going to bring that effect into the center of the image. If we change the amount to a positive side, we can then brighten up those edges. Negative, that's darken. Roundness, we can control the overall shape if we just want an edge darkening effect, or for that matter, an edge brightening effect. We could dial that in this way by changing the Roundness. And we can also control the overall Feather, either having a real precise edge or having an edge that has some diffusion to it. Now for the sake of a demo, I am going to add quite a bit of diffusion here, and I am going to go ahead and reduce some of that Roundness so that we can really pay attention to this transition area of the edges.
We have a few different styles: Highlight Priority, Color Priority, which is going to focus in on some color, and then Paint Overlay, which is just a little bit more of a diffuse darkening effect. We will see the huge differences between these styles, really highlight color priority versus paint, when we make a selection of one of these and increase the highlights, and you can see here that it's as if that dress has just been painted back in. It's allowing us to maintain the detail that we had there, not darken that portion of the image.
Now, we take this to Paint Overlay and again, it's just diffused all the way around the board. Same thing will be true with Highlight Priority. It will save those details there, and we can see that as we make our way through. Now in this case, this affect is much too strong, but it does really illustrate what's happening here. So what we can do is we can slowly find a nice spot for this, and we'll go ahead and modify this effect and then let's say we just want to darken up those edges to create kind of a moody, romantic look with this image.
So I will go ahead and find a nice darkening amount, saving my highlights there, so we still have nice dress detail. Then the last thing I am going to want to do here is to go back to the Basic panel and make any adjustments, and I find that sometimes it's nice just to sweeten this up a bit, modify some of our controls here. Next thing I want to do is just fix my crop because there is a person in the background. Press the C key to access the Crop tool. I am just going to do a free-form crop. I will go ahead and pull that in. You'll notice it will bring my edge in as well. Press Enter or Return, and we have wrapped up our work on learning how to work with post-crop vignetting.
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