Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?, part of Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw 9 Fundamentals.
- Upon learning how to use Adobe Camera Raw, I will frequently have students who'll ask me, "Hey, Chris. "Should I use Camera Raw "or should I use Photoshop?" And my answer is never "Either, or." Rather it's "Both, and." And so in this movie, I want to talk about how we can use Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop together in order to achieve the best results. And to do that, I'm gonna show you a few images and walk you through a couple of slides in order to talk about Camera Raw and Photoshop workflow. Right, well let's begin with this photograph here.
This a photograph that I captured that started off as a raw file. I then worked on it in Adobe Camera Raw and then finished it off inside of Photoshop. Let me give you some insight into that workflow by showing you these slides. Here you can see the original photograph. Didn't look very good. Then I worked on it in Adobe Camera Raw. Now it looks a lot better. And then I finished this one off inside of Photoshop. And these slides really represent a typical workflow which begins with raw capture, then Adobe Camera Raw, and then Photoshop.
And this type of workflow is typical whether you're working on a stylized image, like this, or maybe just a really simple and straightforward portrait, like we have here. The original file on the left. The image, after it was worked in Adobe Camera Raw, and then also the photograph after I finished it in Photoshop. Let me show you the difference between Adobe Camera Raw, here it is, then Photoshop. You can see it's really subtle. You know, so sometimes you're work in Photoshop may be subtle. Other times, it may be more elaborate. The key, again, is to think of how we can use these two tools together in order to achieve the best results, whether we're creating something stylized, working on a portrait, or maybe even just capturing an action sports photograph, like you can see the image here that we have in the background of this slide.
All right. Well, next let's talk about workflow. Let's break this down to a few different steps. The most typical Camera Raw workflow goes something like this. We capture our images, then we open them up in Adobe Camera Raw. That is almost always Step Number 1. That's where you want to begin. That is the foundation of everything that we'll do. A lot of times you'll actually finish right there at Step 1 and you won't need to do anything else. Yet there will be certain situations where you'll want to jump over to Photoshop, to Step Number 2.
And, in those cases, you'll go to Photoshop and do things, perhaps, that you couldn't have done in Camera Raw. Yet, after you brought your image into Photoshop, you can actually still access Camera Raw. You can do it by accessing it inside of Photoshop as a filter. We'll talk a little bit more about that later, but, for now, that may be a Step 3. So, in most workflows, perhaps you'll do something like this where you'll start off with Camera Raw, then jump over to Photoshop, then, if needed, go to Camera Raw. Typically, in my own workflows it looks a little bit more like this.
The foundation work is Camera Raw and then all of my finishing work is Photoshop. All right, well I hope that this conversation gives you a little bit of insight into how we can start to use these two tools together and how we can begin to integrate them into an effective workflow so that we can create beautiful and stunning photographs.
- Opening images in Camera Raw
- Improving under- and overexposure
- Recovering shadow and highlight detail
- Correcting white balance
- Improving clarity, vibrance, and saturation
- Processing multiple images at once
- Cropping and recomposing
- Making strong black-and-white images
- Creating panoramas and HDR images
- Reducing unwanted noise
- Sharpening portraits