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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.
Here I want to take a look at how we can work with the Point Tone Curve and how we can use this curve in order to make corrections or enhancements to our photograph. In particular, we'll look at how we can recover highlights more effectively using this curve and also how we can dial in a little bit of a color and also brightness change to our photograph. In order to talk about that what I'm going to do is zoom in on the picture, so here I'll select the Zoom tool and then zoom in a little bit on this photograph. Next, I want to increase the Exposure and I'm going to increase this a little bit too much, but I'm going to do this to make a point.
Well, here at this high of an exposure if we turn on our Clipping Indicator we'll see that we have a lot of clipping. Inside of the Basic panel the one way to remove that is to decrease the highlights. You know when I do that I can remove a lot of the clipping, but still there is this problem area. If ever you find that in your pictures, you can always navigate over to the Tone Curve panel and then to the Point Curve tab. In doing that you can click on your white point and here I'll just click-and-drag down a little bit, and all of that problem area it's corrected, it's taken care of.
And again, it's such a small adjustment you can barely see it there. The same thing can be said of your shadows. You can click on that point and modify those shadows as well. All right, well, now that we've seen that let's reset this image and let's actually process this file from start to finish using the Point Tone Curve. To do that hold down Opt on a Mac or Alt on Windows, that will change Cancel to Reset, click on that in order to reset the photograph. Now next we're going to work in the Point Curve, let's turn on this Clipping Indicator, so we can see this little bit of a problem area here where we have clipping in our highlights.
Next, I'm going to click-and-drag this up, because I want to bring some brightness to the picture. In doing that I've exaggerated or brought out more of my problem, so I'll click on our white point here and just drag it down a touch. Next, we can work on those shadows darkening those up a little bit and then I'm going to go into a few channels. I'll go into the Red Channel, and in the Red Channel I'm going to set a point on this curve. In doing that I want to raise it up, but I want to do so really slightly so I'm using my Arrow keys, tap those Arrow keys, you can see I have a lot of Red, tap them down and you can see I'm removing that.
In this case I just want to bring this up just a couple of points. It's now at 132. Next I'll go to my Blue-Yellow channel click here again and then I'm just going to tap this down, bringing in a little bit of yellow. I'm making these subtle adjustments to kind of highlight how you can start to do that. Next, we can go back to the RGB Composite mode and we can continually modify the overall brightness of this picture. Just looking to bring in some nice brightness into the subjects here, and also we're making sure that we're not bringing in any extra clipping.
Looks like there is just a little bit right there in the flower, so I'll click on my White point, then you can use your Arrow keys to nudge that down and I think that will be just fine. All right, well, let's look at the overall before-and-after here, here it is, there is the before and now here's the after. If we zoom out a little bit, we'll click on this and there is our before and then we'll click again, and there we have it, our after.
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