Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7
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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

with Chris Orwig

Video: Using the histogram

In this movie, I want to focus in on another important aspect of the Camera Raw interface and that is the Histogram. And we're going to focus in on how we can start paying attention to the Histogram. And also, I want to share a few techniques with you that you can use in order to turn on what are called Clipping Indicators. These indicators help us highlight when we have a problem with the tonal values in our photographs. Alright, well for starters, you can see that the Histogram is a visualization of the colors and the tones in our pictures.
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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 37s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 22s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 29s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 36s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 20s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 55s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 10s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 49s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 33s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 25s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 50s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 34s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 11s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7
6h 16m Intermediate May 18, 2012

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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.

Topics include:
  • Comparing the raw, JPG, and TIFF formats
  • Converting or saving to the DNG format
  • Enhancing color and tone
  • Cropping and composing
  • Sharpening and noise reduction
  • Using the Camera Raw histogram
  • Batch editing
  • Correcting for under- and overexposure
  • Retouching blemishes
  • Making lens corrections
  • Calibrating your camera
  • Speeding up your workflow with actions
Photoshop Camera Raw
Chris Orwig

Using the histogram

In this movie, I want to focus in on another important aspect of the Camera Raw interface and that is the Histogram. And we're going to focus in on how we can start paying attention to the Histogram. And also, I want to share a few techniques with you that you can use in order to turn on what are called Clipping Indicators. These indicators help us highlight when we have a problem with the tonal values in our photographs. Alright, well for starters, you can see that the Histogram is a visualization of the colors and the tones in our pictures.

If we go ahead and make a change to the Exposure say, we'll see that it will re-map those tones. If we push this too far, you can see that it's actually pushing these tones out of range. Here we've over-exposed the image. Well, we don't necessarily know how far we've over-exposed this photograph, so what you can do is you can turn on the Clipping Indicator by clicking on this little triangle icon here. All of a sudden, we see all of these areas of our photograph which are highlighted red, that's a warning indicator, telling us we have some sort of a problem.

Well, now with this view turned on, I can then decrease my Exposure in order to correct the exposure so I don't have as much of loss of detail in those areas. I can also use other sliders, say like the Highlight sliders to bring back detail into important parts of the photograph. In that Clipping Indicator, it showed me those problematic or those problem areas. We also have an indicator for our Shadows. You can click on this triangle icon and what that will do is it will show us the areas in our Shadows where we have these problems.

Let me exaggerate the problem so you can see this more clearly. Here we can see where this is blue; the blue color is telling me, I have loss of detail there. In other words, that is 100% black. Well that's not going to print very well, so I need to make a correction. Again, we can use these sliders in order to make this correction. There's also another way that we can work with these Clipping Indicators and that is by way of a few shortcuts. If you press the U key, it will toggle on or off your Shadow Clipping Indicator.

If you press the O key that will toggle on or off your Highlight Indicator. And that can be really helpful, because sometimes what you may want to do is make an adjustment and then just press those keys, here I'll go ahead and make a few adjustments, then press U and O at the same time, that will turn on my Clipping Indicator, so I can then make the needed adjustments and then I can correct the photograph so that it will reproduce well in regards to perhaps creating a print of this picture. Alright, well, how else can we work with these Clipping Indicators? Well, let's turn the indicators off in the Histogram.

To do that, press U and also O. Next I want to highlight is how we can access that same information when using our controls. To do that, press Opt on a Mac or Alt on Windows and then click-and-drag the Exposure slider. Here you can see in this view, it's showing me the areas where I have clipping. Wherever you see white like this area here, it's showing you that you have the most problem in that area. You can also use this with other sliders here as well and you can see that as you change these amounts, it's going to change this view.

Go down to your Blacks sliders and again we'll see we have this problem. And again here wherever you see complete black that's showing you where you have the biggest problem say in these areas here. And by having this perspective, basically it's just another way to access this information and then to be able to make any needed adjustments, so that you have better color and tone in regards to the overall way that you've processed your image. So why is all of this important? Well that's all really important because it's kind of a safety check.

A lot of times when we work in Camera Raw, we're making adjustments so that our photographs look great according to the way that we see them. Yet sometimes, some of these adjustments can push an image in a way that we lose detail in the Highlights or the Shadows. Well, this is going to then lead to other problems as we start to work on our photographs. So in order to ensure that we have good detail in our Highlights and also our Shadows, we can use any of these techniques. Let's review. We can either click on these icons by simply clicking on the triangle icons inside of the Histogram, or we can turn those on by way of a shortcut.

Remember it's the U key for the Shadows, it's the O key for the Highlights. Another way that you can access that type of clipping information is by holding down the Opt key and a Mac or Alt key on Windows and then clicking on one of your Basic panel sliders and here you can see we now have that view of the areas where we have problems. Now, because I think these particular techniques are really valuable, I recommend that you jot some notes down about them, because I think that as you get better at working in Camera Raw, you'll definitely want to integrate these into your workflow.

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