Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Correcting exposure with the Basic panel, part of Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw 8.
In this movie, we'll begin our workflow overview. And we'll begin by taking a look at how we can open up an image in Camera Raw. Next, we'll explore how we can take Camera Raw to what's called full screen mode. From there, we'll look at how we can apply some automatic exposure corrections. And then, last but not least, we'll look at how we can customize the overall color tint on our photographs. Let's start off by selecting the thumbnail inside of the content panel. And next, navigate to the File pull-down menu and here select Open in Camera Raw. When you click on this menu item, it will launch Camera Raw and open up your photograph, yet here you can see behind Camera Raw. You notice that there are some distracting menu items. Well, we want to remove all of those distractions, and to do that, we want to take Camera Raw to what's called Full Screen Mode. You can access full screen mode two ways.
You can either click on this button here, or you can simply press the F key. So let's go ahead and click on this button in order to launch full screen mode, and here now we can finally really focus in on the image. And as I start to focus on the image, I realize that it's underexposed. So I want to ask Camera Raw to help me out. One of the ways that you can do that is by making some automatic corrections to the exposure. Now, on the right-hand side, you'll find many different controls. These controls are grouped into panels. The first panel is the basic panel. If you click on these little icons, you can see these other panels as well. Often, when you work in Camera Raw, you start off in basic. Now in basic, one of the things that we can do is we can work on the overall brightness and contrast and details that we have in the photograph. And one easy way to begin your workflow is to click on the Auto button. When we click on Auto, what it will do is analyze the photograph. And then try to figure out how I can modify these sliders in order to make a correction.
And in this case, it did a pretty good job. If we go up to the top of the interface, we can click on the Preview checkbox to see the before and after. When I click on that, you can see there's before, now here's after. Again, the image looks a lot better. Now, if ever you apply automatic corrections and you realize that they just don't look very good, you can always reset all of these sliders. by clicking on the Default button. This will then bring them back to their default settings. Alright. Well, as you can see automatic can be a great way to begin your workflow. So here I want to share with you a shortcut that you can use in order to access Auto. Press Command+U on a Mac or Control+U on Windows, and that does the same exact thing as clicking on the Automatic button.
If ever you forget that shortcut, no big deal just simply click on the button. Now after you've used automatic as a starting point for your image, what you might need to do is customize the sliders. Now without getting too deep into the sliders, I simply want to highlight that what you can do is click and drag. I can drag this to the left in order to darken, or I can drag it to the right in order to brighten. In this way, I can customize this slider so that I can create the look that I'm going for. Now that we've corrected the overall exposure and tone, I want to look at the color. Currently the color in this image is a little bit too warm. Well, you may have noticed that there are some sliders above called temperature and tint, these allow us to color correct and also just customize the color in our photographs.
So, here, I'll use the temperature slider and I'll drag this to the left. In doing that the image will become a bit more cool. If I drag this really far its going to look blue. If I drag it way to the right, well that's going to look yellow. What I want to do is just cool this off just a bit so that the image has a little bit more of a natural appearance. Well after having customized a few sliders and made a few adjustments, we've now wrapped up our first look at using the basic panel.
- 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 Photoshop 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.