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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's go ahead and start to take a look at the Adobe Camera Raw interface, as well as let's take a look at how we can use some of the basic controls. We're going to start off with this image here. It's titled gray_scale.jpg. Let's go ahead and open this one up inside of Adobe Camera Raw. We're going to do so by navigating to our File pulldown menu, and then by selecting Open in Camera Raw. This will open up the Camera Raw dialog. Now the first thing that you want to do is you want to click on this icon here, which will take this to a Full Screen View mode so that we have as much space as possible dedicated to working in Camera Raw. All right.
Well, let's deconstruct the interface a little bit. Up top, we have a number of different tools. Over here on the right, we have panels. Now, one of the things that's interesting about these panels is that we can access different controls by clicking on these tabs. Well, let's start off in the Basic panel. You'll notice that there are few dividing lines, right here and right here. These lines show us that these controls are grouped in a particular way. The top setup here has to do with color. The next set has to do with Exposure and Contrast and Brightness and Tone.
Then down below we have detail and also some more color controls. All right, well, how then can we begin to work with these controls? Well, we've opened this demo file, because this can really help us deconstruct how some of these controls work. Here, you can see we have a grayscale from black to white. We have these different areas of our photograph. Well, let's go ahead and modify the Exposure slider. Now when I go ahead and drag to the left, it darkens up the image. Drag to the right. It brightens up the image. You can see that the Exposure slider has a broad reach.
It's affecting a huge area of the image. To reset a slider, simply double-click the triangle icon. That will take it back to the default setting. All right! Well, what about Recovery? When I click and drag this up, you're going to notice that it's going to primarily focus in on the brightest tones of the image up here. What the Recovery slider does is it allows us to recover highlights where we may have lost some detail in that area. All right, well, what about Fill Light? You can think of this like a fill card, bouncing bright light. That's going to affect the three- quarter tones as well as some of the other tones, but you can see that it's targeting that area.
Now our Blacks, well, as it sounds, click and drag that to the right. It's going to increase the darker or the black tones in our image, moving from the left over to the right. Brightness, well, that's going to focus on some of these brighter tones. Again, I can brighten those up or darken them. Now, each slider will almost always affect other areas of the image. You can start to see how these are focusing in on specific aspects of our image. Contrast, if we click and drag that up, our whites become whiter, our blacks become blacker, or, on the other hand, we can decrease the variation or the difference between our blacks and our whites.
I'll double-click that slider to take it back to normal. Well, so far, we can see that these different sliders help us target or affect different areas of our image. Well, now that we understand a little bit about the Camera Raw interface and about some of the basic controls, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can use these controls, and we'll do that in the next few movies.
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