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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.
Another powerful way to work with the Adjustments panel is to take advantage of Presets. Let's go ahead and work on two images here and take a look at how we can use Presets when we're working on our photographs. We're going to be working on these two images that were captured in a friend's backyard of our daughter and their friends playing in this little swimming pool. So let's click one of the images, hold down the Command key on a Mac, Ctrl key on a PC, click on another image, then press Command+O on a Mac or Ctrl+O on a PC. Let's go ahead and start off on this photograph of Annika.
Press F to go to Full Screen View mode, Spacebar, and then I'll click and drag to reposition this image near the top of the screen. Now one of the things that we can do, in regards to how we can take advantage of these controls, is we can simply go ahead and choose the Adjustment layer; for example, I'm going to choose Hue/Saturation. Next, you'll notice that up at the top of the Adjustment layer, we have different Presets. And here you can see I can choose Cyanotype, or I could go down to Old Style, a little bit of a muted look, or I could go to something different, like this Sepia tone here.
Now a lot of times, these presets can be great starting points. You can also access these presets in another way. Let's turn off the visibility of this layer. Go back to the Thumbnail view, and here what we're going to do is scroll down to Hue/Saturation Presets. You'll notice we have the same Presets here. We can click one. It will then create a new Hue/ Saturation adjustment layer. And then it will apply that preset setting. Now keep in mind that from here, again, this is just a starting point. We could change the color of the toning, if we want a little bit more red or a little bit more yellow-green.
We can also change the amount of the toning so that we can dial this in, so that it's just perfect for our photographs. All right. Well, let's go to that other image. And one of the best ways to scroll through open documents is by way of a shortcut. This is one of those $5 shortcuts you just have to write down. It's Ctrl+Tab. That will then take you through, or scroll you through, your open documents. All right. Well, I'll press the Spacebar key and then click and drag to reposition this one near the top of the screen.
Another way that we can take advantage of Presets is by going to something like let's say Black & White. Here, I'll click on that icon. Again, from this pulldown menu, we have so many different options. We could go ahead and choose a Blue Filter Black & White conversion. Not a very effective option there, but there are some other ones that may be interesting, for example, Infrared, pretty fascinating, or if we want to tone down the yellow pool a little bit more, we could go to this Yellow Filter option here, and that's a pretty good Black & White conversion. Well, let's compare that to the Default setting.
Yellow Filter, and then here is Default. Well, I find that Yellow Filter a little bit more compelling, and keep in mind that from the starting point of this Preset, we can always go on to make other adjustments. Now the other thing that we can do is kind of interesting, is we can share these adjustments across multiple images. Let me show you what I mean. Let's say that I like this adjustment, but I decide to change the preset a little bit. I want to darken up the Yellow here, just a touch more, and I'll go ahead and brighten up the Green a little bit as well, and then I'm going to modify just the Red there a touch.
So again, I've tweaked the preset. It's no longer a preset, but I want to share this one with another image. How do I do that? Well, I exit out of Full Screen View mode by pressing Shift+F. And next, what I can do is position these two images side-by-side. And here, you can see on this image I have a Sepia tone effect. I'm going to turn that off. Let's say I want both of these to share the same Black & White conversion. We'll click in the layer with that adjustment, and then simply drag it to the other image and drop, and there you have it.
Both of these images are now processed in the same way. If we put them side-by-side, we can see that both images share some of the same characteristics in regards to this Black & White conversion.
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