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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 will be working on the file russell_brown.CR2. You can find it in the Chapter 11_camera_raw folder. Let's go and open this one up by pressing Command+R on a Mac/Ctrl+R on a PC. And, here we have a photograph of Russell Brown, the Senior Creative Director of Adobe. And Russell is just such a fun, such a creative guy. I'm continually inspired by him. All right, well, one of the things that I notice with this photograph is while I like the expression, I have a few problems, right? There is a blue tint to it. The image isn't straight or level, so it needs to be straightened out, and I need to fix overall tone.
So let's go ahead and start to correct this file. What we are going to do is grab the White Balance tool. Now press I to do that or click on it in the toolbox here. Then I'm going to hover over something that's white. I'm looking to select something that isn't always pure white, so in this case, I'm going to try for this here. Now when I do that, I say, you know what? That looks pretty good. I'll press Command+Z on a Mac/Ctrl+ Z to undo that. I can also click on his shirt. Now that'll do a pretty good job as well. All right, well now that I have white mount the image, I may want to modify the Temperature slighter just a bit in order to find the sweet spot, because sometimes you want to have an image that goes a little cool or in this case, the image is already so warm, I want to pull just a little bit of that warm though.
Well, the next thing I need to do is straighten the file. So I'm going to ahead and select this tool here, it's called the Straighten tool. And I'm going to click and drag across something in the image that I know should be straight. In this case, I know those letters are in a straight line. Now when I do that, it actually crops my image for me in this crop rotate view except that I can't really see if that's a good crop. This is new to CS4. In order to view it, select another tool. All right, yeah, now we are talking, the image is looking so much better. All right, we have so far, we have done our white balance, we did this crop and straighten deal. That looks pretty good.
The next thing that I want to do is work on the tone. This side of Russell's face is a little bit too bright and this side is a little bit too dark, so what do I need to do. Well, I'll try the Recover slider to bring back some of the detail on that far left side. Okay, well, so far so good, that's bringing back some of the detail there. I like that. Then I'm going to brighten up those shadows on the right side. Okay, great, while I'm equaling out the tone a little bit, a little bit less harsh. Well now that, I have done that, I need to increase the contrast because it got a little bit pasty. Overall brightness I'm going bring up and then pull back the overall exposure inside of that. You know what the overall image with just a touch too bright there, and I'm going to slowly modify the sliders until I find a nice spot for the image.
I think that looks pretty good. It may be just a little more brightness and then see what my recovery looks before and then after. I like that. Overall preview, choose the before, choose the after. Whoa! That image look so much better. Here is the nice thing about Camera Raw edits: they are non-destructive. I can continually modify this. I haven't damaged or gotten rid of any pixels. If I don't like to crop, grab the Crop tool, all those pixel are still there. In my case, I do like the crop, so all that I need to do now is simply click Done. It will then apply those settings and you will notice that it updates a thumbnail in Adobe Bridge as well.
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