Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Bringing it all together to make an image shine, part of Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] So throughout this chapter we've been making specific corrections to images. But more often than not, when you're making an image look better it's a combination of many of these sliders and features that will improve the image dramatically. So in this image, the first thing that I wanna do is I wanna move to the Lens Correction panel, and making sure that I've removed the Chromatic Aberration, and enabled the Profile Correction. Then if I wanted to apply one of the upright modes, I could use the keyboard shortcut shift+t in order to select the Transform tool, and then apply the Auto Upright.
If I needed to crop the image to a different aspect ratio, I would click and hold down on the Crop tool, and then select that aspect ratio. In this case, I'm actually going to leave it to 2x3. And then, just crop a little bit off the right-hand side. I'll tap the Enter or Return key in order to apply that crop. And then, tap the i key in order to select the Eye Dropper tool in order to set my white balance.
In this case, I'll choose the cement area here to be a neutral gray. That might have warmed it up just a little too much. So, I'll go to the Basic panel, and then use the Temperature slider to move it to the left and just cool it down a little. I'll enable the Shadow and the Clipping Highlights either by clicking them on or by tapping the keyboard shortcuts u and o. Then, I'll hold down the shift key, and double-click on the White slider as well as the Black slider, in order to set the black point and the white point in my image.
I can see that I'm clipping just a little bit of information in the door area here. So, I'll move the Black slider a little to the right. Then, I'll tap the u key and the o key in order to toggle off those clipping warnings. If I wanna darken down my highlights a little bit to reveal some more information, I can move the highlight slider to the left. And if I wanna see into my shadows opening up those darker values, I can move my Shadows slider over to the right. In order to make this image pop a little bit, I'll add a little bit of contrast and also some clarity.
Then depending on the look that you're after, you can either add saturation in order to really pull out the colors. Or you might want to decrease your saturation if you're looking for more of a gentler, maybe old-fashioned look. In this case, I prefer the vibrant look, so I'll move the saturation up to the right. If there's specific colors that got too bright, we can move to the HSL panel, select Saturation, and then use any of the sliders to decrease or increase saturation based on that color range.
We could also select the Targeted Adjustment tool, select Hue, Saturation, or Luminosity. And then it's as easy as clicking and dragging down to desaturate, or clicking and dragging up in order to saturate. I might also wanna change the luminosity, so I'll select Luminance. And with the Targeted Adjustment tool still selected, I'm going to lighten up the yellow area a little bit. And maybe darken down the oranges.
Then let's move to the detail panel where I want to increase the sharpening a little. But in order to do this, I wanna make sure that I'm zoomed into 100%. So I'll use the keyboard shortcut cmd+option+0 or ctrl+alt+0. I'll hold down the spacebar to temporarily access the Hand tool to make sure that I'm looking at this text area when I increase the amount of sharpening. I'll move the Amount slider over to the right. And increase the Radius just a little bit.
However, I think that we're getting a little bit too much sharpening in the flatter, lower contrast areas of the image, like the wall. So I'm going to decrease the Detail slider in order to suppress that sharpening in the flatter areas. Because I know I typically over-sharpen images this is a good time for me to use the keyboard shortcut cmd+opt+p to toggle on and off the change that I've made in just this panel so that I can see the effects of sharpening in the image.
I can see a little bit of noise in the darker areas of the window here, so I'm going to increase the Luminance slider. I'm also going to increase the amount of Color Noise Reduction and increase the Color Smoothness just to remove some of that modeling that I see in the window area. All right, let's go ahead and zoom out. I'll use cmd+0 so that we can see the entire image. And then I can tap the q key if I wanna see a preview. Or we can use the menu item here if I wanna see before, after, left, right.
And then Single view again. Or I can just tap the p key to show me before and after. And there you have it, within minutes you can apply a series of non-destructive adjustments in Camera Raw to help your images stand out.
- Comparing raw and JPEG files
- Correcting lens distortion and perspective correction
- Removing chromatic aberration
- Cropping and straightening a tilted horizon
- Fixing color cast with the White Balance tool
- Revealing shadow and highlight detail
- Sharpening and reducing noise
- Removing haze and adding clarity
- Making localized adjustments
- Converting to black and white
- Emulating film grain
- Adding vignettes
- Retouching portraits: skin, eyes, and teeth
- Automating corrections
- Merging images for panoramas or HDR images