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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.
Here we're going to take a look at an example where we're going to use some Toning to affect the overall look and feel of this photograph. What I'm going to do here is simply go ahead and increase my Exposure to brighten this up, add a little bit of Fill Light, a touch of Contrast and Clarity. Next, I'm going to Desaturate. Now a lot of times when you're working with Toning, it can be fun to remove color and then add color on top of it. Now, how you dial in all of these controls in the Basic panel is really going to be contingent upon what type of affect you want. Here I want an image which has a strong tone to it, so I kind of brighten it up, so that I can have a little bit of a brighter color palette.
And I also Desaturate it a little bit, so I can have a little bit of a stronger color shift. Next, I'll navigate over to Split Toning, and here all I'm going to do is just bring in some yellows into those highlights. And then in my shadows, I want to find some blues, nice deep dark blues there, and I'll just look to try to find a nice spot for those colors. Then I'll bring my yellows back and make my way back and forth until I find a good color combination with this image. All right. Well, now that I have some interesting colors here, let me go back to my Basic panel and increase the Contrast.
That Contrast is really going to help those colors come to life, and we're going to see that really start to happen right about here. I think that's looking pretty interesting. Now, I may want to modify my color Temperature. Sometimes swinging it one way or another can help bring out a touch more of that. They get a little bit more yellow in the image. It's nice. And what I want to do now is look at the before and after. So I'll go ahead and navigate over to my Presets panel or my Snapshots panel, then I'll press P key. Here is the before, and then press the P key again; here is the after.
And without a lot of effort, we came up with this really distinct and unique look. Now the work in Camera Raw isn't really rocket science. It's not that difficult to achieve this type of a look. And so, one of the things you want to do is start experimenting with this. And the intent of this movie is to just give you a little bit more inspiration, to show you another example, to say, hey, you know, you got to start experimenting with your own photos. You got to start playing with these controls, because a lot of times with just a couple of minutes of work, you can really come up with some distinct and unique ways to process your photographs.
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