By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This week’s installment of Deke’s Techniques reveals how to develop a dramatic photograph inside of Camera Raw—in particular, an already enchanting photo of the Dunguaire Castle in County Clare, Ireland, that Deke shot on his Canon 5D Mark III. Deke applies a series of discrete selective nondestructive modifications in Adobe Camera Raw to achieve even more of a dramatic effect. Let’s see exactly how it works!
To get started, follow along with Deke in this week’s free video and use the companion text below to help with each step.
If you’re a lynda.com premium member, you can use the exercise files Deke provides with the course, or simply use the instructions he gives in the first part of the video to create your own version.
Pro tip: If you’re working in Adobe Bridge, simply select the photo and press Ctrl+R (Windows) or Cmd+R (Mac) to open it in Camera Raw.
Note: These steps are for Camera Raw 6. Check out Deke’s video to see how to get an approximate effect with Camera Raw 7. The rest of the tutorial works with both versions of the program.
Increase Luminance to 50, Luminance Detail to 25, Luminance Contrast to 50, Color to 25, and Color Detail to 50.
Pro tip: Hit the P key to turn your adjustments on and off and see the impact of your changes.
Create a white border for your image on a new layer to complete the effect.
And that’s how to transform an ordinary high-resolution image into an extraordinary piece of art worthy of framing. Check out the video above to get help with Camera Raw 7 adjustments and instructions for creating Deke’s white border.
Members of lynda.com can check out the next movie in the series, Artificially coloring a photo in Camera Raw, and learn how to achieve a whole different feeling from the same photograph. Plus, next week Deke transforms our Dunguaire Castle image into a weathered black-and-white print with Photoshop and Camera Raw. Stay tuned!
Suggested courses to watch next:
• The entire Deke’s Techniques collection
• Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate
• Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Intermediate
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