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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.
One of my all time favorite things to do is to get up early in the morning, to go out and capture photographs, like I did here this day. I walked down to the local harbor in our town and I captured a few photographs. And what I want to do with these two pictures, one which was captured from this horizontal perspective, and another one that was captured just moments later from this vertical perspective, is I want to process both of these images at the same time, because they were captured in the same lighting scenario and the same situation.
I want to focus in on how we can do that and also highlight some of the interface changes that we'll notice when we're working on more than one image at once with Camera Raw. Go ahead and select the first image, then hold down the Shift key and click on the next image. Next let's go to our File pull-down menu and here choose Open in Camera Raw. Once you open up more than one photograph, you'll see that these images will show up in a filmstrip on the left. You can change the view of this filmstrip by clicking on this little icon here which allows you to either increase or decrease the size of that. You can also bring this way down and collapse it so that it's gone and then to reopen just click-and-drag to bring that out.
Now to select an image to work on, you can click on that photograph. Here I've clicked on the first picture that I captured, and what I want to do is change the overall Exposure and Contrast a little bit and also some other things like Color Temperature and Clarity and Vibrance and Saturation. We've already seen how we can make adjustments like this, but again I just want to process the image so that it kind of looks interesting to my own eye. Alright, well now that I've made some adjustments to the photograph, when I go back to my other picture, well, this one looks like it's lacking something.
I want to process both of these the same way. To do that, you click on the image that you want to use kind of as the template, the one that has the processing which you like. And again, process it with any or all of these different panels. Next go ahead and click on Select All and then choose Synchronize. Notice that Synchronize has dots next to it. Whenever you see dots in Photoshop or Camera Raw that's telling you it's going to open a dialog. And here it's asking us, what do we want to synchronize? We can choose from this pull-down menu just to synchronize the White Balance or we can click onto these different options, so that we can add or synchronize different elements of the way that we've processed our photograph.
Or of course, you can go to this pull-down menu, and you can simply choose everything in order to synchronize everything straight across-the-board. Typically you'll want to do that except for the bottom three. Typically you'll turn off the Crop, any Spot Removal or Local Adjustments, because that rarely works on multiple photographs. Alright, well after having dialed in what we want to synchronize, just click OK. It will then synchronize those two pictures, so that we can then click back and forth between these, so that we can see how the processing works with both of these photographs.
To then apply and save these changes, all that you need to do is to click Done in order to exit and apply these settings to both of these photographs.
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