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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie we are going to talk about the Target Adjustment tool. Now this tool really packs the wow punch for the Adjustment panel. This is one of the main reasons why people are excited about the Adjustments panel. So let's go ahead and take a look at how we can use this tool with the Curves Adjustment and with the Black and White Conversion Adjustment. We are going to be working on this file family_hike.tif. So let's go ahead and double-click that to open it in Photoshop and then press F to go to Full Screen View mode. Now, here we have this photograph or snapshot taken with a point and shoot camera of my family and my parents and their dog when we went for a hike recently up in the hill right behind my house. This image was shot at the middle of the day, so there is a lot of contrast and there isn't lot of detail here on my Dad's sweater.
So this image may have a little bit of problem when I print it. So I want to try to correct that. So here is what I'm going to do. I'm going to click on the Curves icon. Now we are going to talk more about Curves later. Yet just to get you started what I'm going to do here is click in this curve and I'm going to lock down a few points. All right, those are now locked. I'll then grab the Target Adjustment tool. You will notice there is up and down arrow. I'll click and hover over the image. In this case hovering over these dark shadows, I'll click and then drag up and you can see that that bottom point was just lifted up, just a little bit there. Let's look at our before and after.
Here is before and after. Again, so it just helped my darkest tones. Now let's say some of these other tones like in the sweater here, I want to bring those up a little bit. I'll click and drag up. So again, now I have a little bit more detail there, before and after or we can do it this way, before and after. Really interesting. So I can target specific areas. Or let's say on Sophie's sweater, click there and drag down and you can see that I'm just controlling those tones there, my before and after or hold the Backslash key to see the before and then finally the after. So one of the things that I'm doing is I'm controlling specific areas of tone.
Now let's say that you want to make some adjustments that are a little bit more significant. Let's turn off this icon, go back to the list, click on Curves. Now at this time I'm going to simply grab the Target Adjustment tool, hover over the dark shadows, click and drag up, hover over the sweater, click and drag up. Okay, that affected everything, click in the bright tones, click and drag down and now as we are able to control those in a little bit more drastic way because none of the point were locked down. Now here we can see our before and then after. Again it little bit more drastic in regards to our adjustments. All right, well the whole point here is just to begin to see how we can target specific areas. We don't actually have to know where those areas are; we can use this tool to click and drag to change them.
Now another great way to learn about this tool is to go back our list of Adjustments and then to navigate to the Black and White option here. We will click on Black and White Adjustments. Now here I'm going to click on the tool, this time I click to the left and the right and I'll go up here in the sky and I'll click, it then highlights the 20 value in my Blues. I'm going to decrease that value to darken the sky. It's darkening some other tones in the image as well, but I definitely want to darken those tones, click on the sweater and I'll drag up. There is some Reds there, so I'll go ahead and brighten those up. Now my Dad's face I'll click on that. I'm going to brighten that one up as well, add a little bit more color to the face. I'm going to click on the top of his head and that's red as well. So I don't want to go too high with that one and want to have some detail there, but you can see I can start to target specific tones.
Now I'll click on the dog's fur, now the dog is lot of yellow and then there is some yellow in some of the other aspects of the image. So as I drag that we can see how I change that. I'll go back to the sky, darken that up even further. Well, now that I have this Black and White Adjustment, I then want to fix this highlight in my Dad's head. So, I'll go ahead and click back to our Adjustment List, click on Curves, grab the Target Adjustment tool, hover over this area and click and drag down just to darken that area up just a touch. Now I don't want to affect the rest of the image, so I'm going to go ahead and move this point back up here, so this final adjustment, before and after just worked on the brightest tones of the image.
So, as you can see you can use this Target Adjustment tool to target specific areas and make these really fine-tuned adjustments without a lot of effort and one of the reasons why people are so excited about this tool is because now you can make these expert adjustments without a lot of work. You don't even really have to know what you are doing. All you need to do is click and drag to make some adjustments that have the potential to improve your images in really significant ways.
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