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A tour of the Camera Raw user interface


Photoshop CS5 Essential Training

with Michael Ninness

Video: A tour of the Camera Raw user interface

Okay, here we are in the Camera Raw Interface, the Camera Raw editor dialog. And let's take a brief tour of the elements that make up this editing piece of software. Again, you get to it by double- clicking on a raw file from Adobe Bridge or by clicking on a JPEG file and doing Command or Ctrl+R to edit that in Raw or Camera Raw. So pretty basic at the top. You've got your toolbar. Instead of a vertical toolbar like you see in say, Photoshop, these are arranged along horizontally, and some pretty common tools. They all have keyboard shortcuts assigned to them as well.
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  1. 6m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 47s
    2. What is Photoshop?
      2m 49s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
  2. 28m 29s
    1. What is Adobe Bridge?
      1m 54s
    2. Getting photos from a camera
      3m 39s
    3. A tour of the different workspaces in Adobe Bridge
      4m 58s
    4. Customizing how thumbnails are displayed
      3m 35s
    5. Changing obscure camera file names with the Batch Rename command
      2m 36s
    6. Adding basic metadata to every image with metadata templates
      3m 36s
    7. Creating and applying keywords to images
      4m 6s
    8. Viewing images in Full Screen Preview mode
      4m 5s
  3. 23m 4s
    1. Using Review mode to filter out rejects
      5m 27s
    2. Protecting the keepers by saving them in collections
      3m 18s
    3. Rating images
      3m 15s
    4. Using the Filter panel to view different subsets
      4m 43s
    5. Viewing final choices in a slideshow
      2m 12s
    6. Organizing groups of images into stacks
      4m 9s
  4. 30m 50s
    1. Raw vs. JPEG files
      5m 13s
    2. Why you should start in Camera Raw instead of Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. A tour of the Camera Raw user interface
      6m 44s
    4. Previewing before and after adjustments
      4m 2s
    5. Toggling onscreen Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings
      2m 37s
    6. Choosing output settings
      2m 45s
    7. Saving a copy without going to Photoshop
      4m 20s
  5. 41m 34s
    1. Eliminating red-eye with the Red Eye Removal tool
      1m 13s
    2. Improving composition with the non-destructive Crop tool
      3m 33s
    3. Correcting a rotated horizon line with the Straighten tool
      3m 5s
    4. Fixing color casts with the White Balance tool
      2m 13s
    5. Fixing blown-out highlights with Recovery
      2m 36s
    6. Revealing hidden shadow detail with Fill Light
      1m 47s
    7. Reducing distracting color noise with Noise Reduction
      5m 37s
    8. Removing color fringes with Chromatic Aberration
      2m 36s
    9. Sharpening the details
      8m 59s
    10. End to end: Taking a so-so photo and making it great
      9m 55s
  6. 39m 5s
    1. Fixing blown-out skies with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 34s
    2. Retouching blemishes with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 41s
    3. Making local adjustments with the Adjustments Brush
      4m 28s
    4. Quick portrait retouching technique using Clarity
      4m 33s
    5. Converting to black and white
      3m 36s
    6. Editing images directly with the Targeted Adjustments tool
      4m 18s
    7. Easy sepia and split tone effects
      2m 35s
    8. Adding digital film grain texture effects
      2m 46s
    9. Adding vignettes and border effects
      2m 13s
    10. Saving variations within a single file with Snapshots
      4m 21s
  7. 15m 48s
    1. Copying settings from one file and pasting across another in Adobe Bridge
      3m 7s
    2. Processing multiple files in Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Saving and using a library of Camera Raw presets
      5m 33s
    4. Using Image Processor to batch process multiple files
      4m 40s
  8. 30m 39s
    1. Opening files from Adobe Bridge
      3m 1s
    2. Opening files from Mini Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Customizing the Mini Bridge panel
      2m 57s
    4. Changing Mini Bridge so it auto-collapses
      1m 20s
    5. The Application frame
      2m 16s
    6. The Application bar
      1m 16s
    7. Switching and saving workspaces
      4m 23s
    8. Panel management
      5m 31s
    9. Switching tools using the keyboard
      3m 18s
    10. Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
      3m 9s
  9. 16m 12s
    1. Tabbed documents
      2m 1s
    2. The Arrange Documents widget
      1m 38s
    3. How to stop Photoshop from tabbing documents
      3m 34s
    4. Pan and zoom
      5m 21s
    5. Cycling through the different screen modes
      3m 38s
  10. 36m 59s
    1. File formats
      13m 6s
    2. What resolution does your image need to be?
      10m 15s
    3. Resize vs. Resample
      9m 40s
    4. How big a print can you make with your image?
      3m 58s
  11. 42m 17s
    1. Crop options
      4m 12s
    2. Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
      3m 30s
    3. Bringing back hidden pixels with Reveal All
      1m 34s
    4. Making the canvas bigger with the Crop tool
      6m 1s
    5. Making the canvas bigger by a specific amount with Relative Canvas Size
      1m 39s
    6. Correcting perspective with the Crop tool
      3m 5s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
    8. Scaling, skewing, and rotating with Free Transform
      4m 12s
    9. Nondestructive transformations with Smart Objects
      4m 2s
    10. Warping images
      3m 40s
    11. Preserving the important elements with Content-Aware Scaling
      9m 32s
  12. 54m 42s
    1. The Background layer
      5m 14s
    2. Using a layer mask instead of deleting pixels
      4m 12s
    3. Loading multiple images into a single Photoshop document as layers
      1m 30s
    4. Naming, hiding, creating, and deleting layers
      4m 18s
    5. Changing the stacking order of layers
      2m 51s
    6. Selecting layers without using the Layers panel
      6m 28s
    7. Transforming layers
      7m 16s
    8. Aligning and distributing layers
      3m 51s
    9. Changing the opacity of layers
      2m 57s
    10. Organizing layers into groups
      2m 55s
    11. Saving variations with layer comps
      5m 3s
    12. When to merge and rasterize layers
      5m 0s
    13. Flatten vs. Save As (a Copy)
      3m 7s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
      7m 23s
    2. Transform selections
      2m 40s
    3. Quick Mask is your friend
      4m 31s
    4. Converting a selection into a layer mask
      6m 33s
    5. Using the Quick Selection tool
      3m 1s
    6. Re-selecting a previous selection
      1m 35s
    7. Improving a selection with Refine Edge
      4m 21s
    8. Touching up a layer mask with the Brush tool
      12m 7s
    9. Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
      2m 59s
    10. Blending images with a gradient layer mask
      4m 53s
    11. Swapping heads in a family portrait
      3m 53s
    12. Combining multiple exposures with the Blend If sliders
      6m 26s
    13. Replacing the sky in an image
      4m 19s
  14. 1h 1m
    1. Introducing adjustment layers
      7m 57s
    2. Starting with a preset
      4m 25s
    3. Improving tonal quality with Levels
      10m 28s
    4. Increasing midtone contrast with Curves
      5m 4s
    5. Removing a color cast with Auto Color
      5m 56s
    6. Changing the color temperature with Photo Filter
      2m 55s
    7. Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
      9m 0s
    8. Making washed out colors pop with Vibrance
      2m 46s
    9. Converting color to black and white
      5m 49s
    10. Controlling which layers are affected by an Adjustment Layer
      7m 28s
  15. 11m 32s
    1. Shadow/Highlight
      9m 3s
    2. Matching color across multiple images
      2m 29s
  16. 34m 12s
    1. Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing brush
      6m 21s
    2. Quick technique for smoothing skin and pores
      8m 23s
    3. Taming flyaway hair
      4m 47s
    4. Making teeth bright and white
      1m 43s
    5. De-emphasizing wrinkles
      4m 41s
    6. Removing unwanted details with Content Aware Fill
      4m 26s
    7. Body sculpting with Liquify
      3m 51s
  17. 21m 6s
    1. Creating panoramas with Photomerge and Auto-Blend
      7m 20s
    2. Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
      8m 30s
    3. Combining group shots with Auto-Align
      5m 16s
  18. 25m 36s
    1. Overview of filters
      4m 6s
    2. Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters
      4m 45s
    3. Giving an image a soft glow with the Gaussian Blur filter
      4m 41s
    4. Adding noise to an image with the Add Noise filter
      3m 34s
    5. Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask
      4m 12s
    6. Giving an image more texture with the Texturizer
      1m 17s
    7. Applying a filter to multiple layers
      3m 1s
  19. 30m 44s
    1. Cycling through the blending modes
      4m 43s
    2. Three blending modes you must know
      6m 41s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      3m 33s
    4. Making a cast shadow more realistic with Multiply
      4m 33s
    5. Creating a diffused contrast glow effect with Overlay
      6m 2s
    6. Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
      5m 12s
  20. 21m 39s
    1. Character (point) type
      8m 19s
    2. Paragraph (area) type
      4m 42s
    3. Type on a path
      2m 54s
    4. Clipping an image inside type
      2m 24s
    5. Warping type
      3m 20s
  21. 20m 35s
    1. Adding a drop shadow effect
      4m 43s
    2. Adding an outer glow effect
      3m 13s
    3. Adding a border around an image
      2m 53s
    4. Copying layer effects and applying them to other layers
      2m 3s
    5. Saving layer styles and applying them in other documents
      2m 42s
    6. How (and when) to scale layer effects
      5m 1s
  22. 16m 6s
    1. Creating PDF contact sheets
      6m 41s
    2. Exporting web photo galleries
      6m 8s
    3. Saving for the web
      3m 17s
  23. 1m 19s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 19s

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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Automating image adjustments with Camera Raw
  • Adding keywords, ratings, and other metadata to images
  • Filtering a large collection of images down to the "keepers"
  • Cropping, correcting perspective, and straightening images
  • Creating, naming, hiding, and deleting layers
  • How to make selections and masks quickly
  • Improving mask quality with Refine Edge
  • Techniques for combining multiple images
  • Non-destructive editing techniques with adjustment layers and Smart Filters
  • Retouching essentials, such as blemish removal and body sculpting
  • Color correcting images
  • Using the essential blend modes, layer effects, and styles
  • Creating contact sheets and web photo galleries
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A tour of the Camera Raw user interface

Okay, here we are in the Camera Raw Interface, the Camera Raw editor dialog. And let's take a brief tour of the elements that make up this editing piece of software. Again, you get to it by double- clicking on a raw file from Adobe Bridge or by clicking on a JPEG file and doing Command or Ctrl+R to edit that in Raw or Camera Raw. So pretty basic at the top. You've got your toolbar. Instead of a vertical toolbar like you see in say, Photoshop, these are arranged along horizontally, and some pretty common tools. They all have keyboard shortcuts assigned to them as well.

So if I want the Hand tool, I can just press the letter H. If I want the Eye Dropper tool, I can press I. If I want the Zoom tool, I can press Z. C for the Crop tool, etcetera. If you don't know what a particular tool is, you can just again hover over the tool. It will tell the name of it, and also tells you the shortcut that you can press to switch to that tool. One of the first things I do when I open up Camera Raw for the first time is I switch it into Full Screen mode, because I find it confusing, especially for new users. This menu that you see at the top of your screen here, that's not the Camera Raw menu; that's the menu for Adobe Bridge.

Camera Raw itself doesn't actually have any file menus. So I like to hide that by putting Camera Raw in the Full Screen mode. Now there's a button here, in the upper strip here, Toggle Full Screen Mode, and just like in Photoshop, to go to Full Screen mode, you can press the letter F as well. F for Full Screen. And I just find that that maximizes the screen real estate for you. Now, I'm recording another particularly low resolution here. So if you had a 30-inch Cinema Display let's say, hitting that full screen would make the Camera Raw dialog take up the entire monitor. So again you've got lot of flexibility there to work at it in a small dialog and resize it manually, or switch it over to Full Screen mode.

This is your editing area. It's also your preview area, one and the same. You have got a Zoom switcher down here in the bottom left-hand corner. Over on the right, all your controls are laid out in panels. The default panel is the Basic panel. And what I love about the Basic panel is that the controls are laid out into a workflow. Basically, what I mean by that is they're laid out in the order that you're supposed to use them. Now, you can certainly go out of order and use them in any order you want. But when you're just starting out, it's actually comforting to know that the very first thing that you should do is set the White Balance right. So that's why that's listed first.

After you set the White Balance, then you want to get your exposure right. Is it too dark or too light overall? So you can dial that in. From there, you want to recover your highlight details. So if there are no details in the highlight. So here's a good example. The olive here has a little bit of a hotspot. There's probably more detail there that we can take advantage of. So let's begin by just lowering the Exposure slightly to bring back the overall brightness down of the image. Then we'll take the Recovery slider, and drag it to the right, and you'll start seeing some details coming in those highlight areas, which is kind of nice. If I want to open up the shadows a little bit, that's the next slider down there, Fill Light.

The Blacks slider next is where you establish the darkest point in your image. The Brightness slider is where you adjust the brightest part of your image. And again, they are just kind of laid out in the order you are supposed to do them. If you want to do an overall contrast adjustment, you have a Contrast slider there. Clarity is a slider for doing the mid-tone tonal adjustments. So you can do mid-tone contrast. What's nice about Clarity is that it doesn't change the darkest or lightest part of the image. It's only focusing on the mid-tones. Vibrance is a way to boost saturation or decrease saturation of colors that are already saturated.

So if I go down, it's only affecting the most saturated colors. If I go to the right, it's only increasing colors that need additional saturation. And then, the last slider here is an overall Saturation slider for increasing global saturation or actually making a really quick grayscale conversion. A nice little technique there as well. One little tip here, if you double-click on any slider, it will reset back to its default value. So it's just a bit quicker than actually manually dragging that over. Down along the bottom are what we call the Workflow Options.

So when I'm done editing this, I have some options here to either change my mind and cancel, hit Done, be taken back to Bridge and update the thumbnail, pass that image on to Photoshop by clicking the Open Image button, or even saving this out as a separate file, skipping a trip to Photoshop altogether. In addition to the basic set of controls in the Basic panel, we've also got a Tone Curve panel, and I can use this to do fine-tune adjustments to highlights, lights, darks, and shadows. We have a Detail panel to the right of that. I'll go ahead and click on Detail.

And this is where we can do things like sharpening and noise reduction. The next panel over is Hue/Saturation where I can adjust the hue/saturation and luminosity detail of each color individually in the image, which is kind of nice. It gives you lot of control. You can also do custom grayscale conversions in this panel, by clicking the Convert to Grayscale button and then controlling each color independently on how it gets translated to black and white. The next panel over is called Split Toning. This is what you would use in conjunction with that Convert to Grayscale option in the previous panel and do things like create sepia tones or platinum tones and so forth.

The next panel over is called Lens Corrections. And you can use this to fix vignetting effects. So if you have dark corners, you can eliminate those. Or if you have got some fringing along edges you see like a cyan halo or a red halo, you can use this panel to quickly fix those issues. One more over to the right is the Effects panel. Go ahead and click on that. This is where you can add things like digital film grain and do something vignetting so you can add a black effect on the corners or a light effect on the corners to really frame the image a little bit. That's kind of cool. The next panel over is the Camera Calibration panel.

Now this is something that's a little bit more advanced. We may not cover it in the Essentials Title. But I encourage you to check out Chris Orwig's Camera Raw title when you're ready to go really deep on Camera Raw, especially for a professional photographer. What this lets you do is build a profile for your camera. So you find yourself doing the same adjustment over and over and over again, what you can do is you can teach the Camera Raw plug-in to have a profile for your camera so that when you first bring your images in, it's more appropriate for the specific camera that you're using. And then lastly, there are two other panels for getting Camera Raw to be faster as a workflow for you.

There's a Presets panel. Right now, it's currently empty. But you can actually save all these choices that you might make as individual presets that you can then apply to other images. And then lastly, on the right is something called Snapshots. Snapshots are really cool. Again it'll be blank here to begin with. But what snapshots let you do is create multiple versions of a Raw file within the file itself, and then you can quickly go back and forth between them to view them. So lots of different options here. There is your quick tour. Of course, when you're done, you just click the Done button and that takes you back to Bridge and there you go.

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