Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Begin with Camera Raw and finish with Photoshop, part of Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw 8 Fundamentals.
In this movie, we're going to talk about the relationship between Camera Raw and Photoshop. And we're going to do that because in this course you'll encounter and discover many of the benefits of working with Camera Raw. And along the way you may be wondering, well, should I be using Camera Raw or should I be using Photoshop? In order to talk about this topic, I want to show a few image examples and walk through a few slides. So let's begin by taking a look at this photograph here. Now this photograph obviously didn't appear this way when I pushed the shutter release button.
This image has been through a workflow or it's been through a process. And if we examine that process, I think we'll learn something important about the relationship between Camer Raw and Photoshop. In this next slide, you can see the overall process. In the far left corner, you see the original image as the camera recorded it. Then, in the middle, you'll encounter the image after it was worked on in Camera Raw. And last, but not least, in the background, we have the photograph after it was processed or edited in Photoshop. And so here we're encountering that there is a workflow, which begins in Camera Raw and often ends in Photoshop. In many times, the difference between our work in Camera Raw and Photoshop will be dramatic like this.
In other situations, like in this next example, the results are a bit more subtle. On the far left hand side, we have the original photograph. Then the right, we have the image after it's worked on in Camera Raw. Now if I show you the results in Photoshop you have to look really closely. Here's the image after it was processed in Photoshop. The differences between Camera Raw and Photoshop are really subtle. Yet you can see those. Again, here's Camera Raw and here's Photoshop. They're subtle yet, nonetheless, significant. And, again, they reiterate this point that it's about Camera Raw and Photoshop together. It isn't an either/or question.
Rather, it's both/and. And if we can use these two tools together and if we can use both of their strengths, this will allow us to accomplish and to create sunny results. Let me illustrate this with a few more slides. On the left hand side, you can see we have an image which is representative of our work with Camera Raw. On the right, we have a photograph or a screen grab which is representative of our work with Photoshop. And if we had to distill this a little bit, we might say that our work in Camera Raw is all about making big, broad, or global adjustments. Now of course, this is a little bit of an oversimplification, but in typically what we do, is we start off making adjustments to the entire photograph, then when we go to Photoshop, we're able to make really small or precise or really creative local adjustments.
These allow us to work on our image in really particular or really specific ways. Another way that we might think about this is that in Camera Raw, we can work quickly. Because we're raw processing our image, this allows us to be really quick and also flexible. In contrast, when we work in Photoshop, we have larger file size. This allows us to work with precision. It also allows us to do things which are incredibly creative. You know, with Photoshop, you can accomplish almost anything. Now, it doesn't mean that one tool is better than another. Rather it's about both of these tools together. And typically in most effective workflow, our workflow begins with Camera Raw. And then often it ends or finishes with Photoshop. And again, it’s about the combination of both of these tools together, which will allow us to accomplish great results.
Now I should also point out that we don’t always have to finish our photographs in Photoshop. Sometimes you’ll finish your work in Camera Raw and you’ll be done. Yet in other situations, you may need to bring an image over to Photoshop in order to apply a creative effect or to retouch an image in a certain way. And so again, it's all about combining these two tools together in order to achieve the best results.
- What is Camera Raw?
- Comparing RAW and DNG file formats
- Setting preferences
- Cropping and composing
- Recovering shadow and highlight detail
- Improving clarity, vibrance, and saturation
- Making strong black-and-white images
- Reducing unwanted noise
- Sharpening your photographs
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 07/09/2014. What changed?
A: We added a video covering the new Preview feature, introduced in Camera Raw 8.4, and a "What's new?" movie reviewing the changes Adobe introduced in the 2014 update to <span class="il">Photoshop</span> CC.
Q: This course was updated on 10/09/2014. What changed?
A: We added seven new movies, which describe features and enhancements in the October 2014 release of Photoshop CC. New movies contain the "CC 2014.1" tag next to their names.