Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording a Camera Raw action in Photoshop, part of Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw 8 Intermediate.
In the next two movies, I want to highlight a technique which will help you to speed up your workflow. And it's a technique which will allow us to write, and record in action, which involves using, Camera Raw. Well here you can see, I have two images open, portrait-1.tif, and also portrait-2.tif. What I want to do, is create an action which allows me to quickly sharpen these photographs, using Adobe Camera Raw. In this first movie, we'll look at how we can create an action which duplicates the background layer. And then applies a Camera Raw Sharpening effect to the top layer.
Well, in order to do that, the first step is to open up the Actions panel. You can do that by clicking on this icon here, it's a little play button. Next, what you want to do is click on the folder icon, which allows you to create a new action set. Go ahead and type out your name dash actions, then click OK. Now, in ordre to write and record an action, you click on the icon which is located right next to that little folder icon there, to this one here. Go ahead and click on that icon and give this one a name. I'll call this one ACR - Sharpen, next we'll click Record. Once you click Record, Photoshop will remember any step that you take here. So the first step that I'm going to take is to copy the background layer. Click an drag this layer, to the new layer icon.
Then let's go ahead an rename this layer Sharpen - ACR. Next we'll navigate to the filter pull-down menu, an here we'll select Camera Raw filter. When you click on that menu item it will launch the Camera Raw dialogue here in Photoshop. What I want to do is sharpen this image. So I'll double-click the Zoom tool, this will zoom in to 100%. Press the space bar key and Click an Drag to reposition the photograph. Then navigate over to the Detail panel. In the Detail panel I want to apply a subtle, but nonetheless, significant amount of sharpening to this photograph. So bring up the Amount slider, I need to drop down my Radius a little bit and also drop down the Detail slider.
Well if we click on the Preview check box we can see here's the before and then now here's the after. We can see that a nice subtle sharpening effect is being applied to the photograph. We also might want to reduce the noise here a little bit, so I'll go ahead and do that to make sure that we aren't exaggerating any unwanted noise. I'll increase the Sharpening value just a little bit there, an then go ahead an click OK. In doing that, we will exit Camera Raw, then we'll apply those setting to this new layer here. An Photoshop will record all of the various steps that we've taken. After having finished what we wanted to do here, simply click the Stop button. Now I should point out to, that while we've recorded an action to use Adobe Camera Raw to sharpen our photograph.
We could record an action to do anything that's possible to do in Camera Raw. Here I'm simply using Sharpening in order to illustrate how we can record and then reuse an action. This photograph is obviously taken care of but next what I want to do is work on another picture, this one here. An in order to apply the action which we just recorded, simply click on the action name, ACR - Sharpen, then click on the Play button. What this will do is it will go through all of those steps that we just recorded. An here if we zoom in on the image by double-clicking the Zoom tool, then by pressing the Space Bar key. And Clicking and Dragging to repostion that area that we're zoomed into, we'll discover that what this did is it duplicated the layer. It opened this file up in Camera Raw and applied those Sharpening and Noise reduction adjustments which we've previously recorded. And applied those to this layer so that this image is now sharp. And in this way you can start to see how you can really take advantage of actions in order to speed up your work flow.
For those common tasks that you need to perform on your photographs. Well in this movie, we looked at how we could write and record an action that duplicated a layer and worked with that layer in Adobe Camera Raw. Well next I want to look at how we can write an action which allows us even more flexibility when working with Camera Raw. So let's go ahead and take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
- Correcting exposure
- Making selective adjustments with Auto Mask
- Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
- Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
- Removing Moiré patterns
- Creative color and effects with the Graduated Filter
- Improving exposure and adding blur with the Radial Filter
- Retouching skin
- Removing distracting background elements
- Working with the tone curve
- Removing color with HSL
- Split toning a color photo
- Removing extreme distortion with the Lens Profile
- Adding grain
- Creating and applying Camera Raw presets
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 7/10/2014. What changed?
A: We added videos covering the new Preview feature, introduced in Camera Raw 8.4, and duplicating Adjustment Brush settings. Chris also revised the chapters on the Graduated Filter and Radial Filter tools. Check out the "What's new?" movie for an overview of these changes and the other enhancements Adobe introduced in the 2014 update to Photoshop CC.
Q: This course was updated on 10/14/2014. What changed?
A: We added two new movies, which describe changes to the preview behavior in Photoshop CC 2014.1 and the new improved spot removal with feathering. New movies contain the "CC 2014.1" tag next to their names.