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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.
Let's take a look at how we can take advantage of the Point Tone Curve. Now, one of the things that I noticed here in this image is that it'd be kind of nice to add a bit of contrast, brighten up the face a touch, and I also noticed that there's a color shift, because I know that this sweatshirt here is gray. I'm seeing a lot of blue in this. Well, we've already talked about how we can hover the image, and we can hold down the Command key, and with the Command held down on the Mac, Ctrl key held down on a PC, we can then click to add a point here on our curve.
Well, there's another shortcut that we can take advantage of, and that's by pressing the Shift key, what we can do is temporarily toggle to the White Balance tool. Here we can go ahead and click on something that we know should be neutral. In this case, I'm just clicking on this area of the sweatshirt right here, and that now color corrected the image in regards to its color temperature in the Basic panel. So that was a really nice and important improvement. Well, now here how much do I need to brighten up the face? Well, not that much. So I'll simply go ahead and click and drag this point up in order to brighten up that area.
If I want to add some contrast here or darken up this area, I'll click and create a lower point just like I could do in curves creating a little subtle "S" curve. In this case, I boosted the contrast in that way. All right. Well, the image is already looking much better. The only thing I might want to do is try to bring back a little bit of detail here in the whites. So, I'm going to create a couple of points up top. I want to kind of lock that in. At the very top point I'll just bring that down to bring back a little bit of tonality up here, so that there's not complete loss of detail in this area of the image.
All right. Well, to see our Before and After, we have to go over to our Presets tab. Next, press the P key. Here we have it, Before and then After, some simple, yet nonetheless important improvements to this photograph simply by using that Point Tone Curve.
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