Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Dodging, burning, and sharpening, part of Working with Raw-Format Photos in Lightroom and Photoshop.
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- Okay, so we've celebrated a lot of the benefits…of working with raw files, and there are certainly…tons of those that are nondestructive,…sort of infinitely powerful.…There's all sorts of great stuff that we can do in here.…If I open it as a smart object, I can even pop back…in there and continue editing it, but the truth is…there are things you can do in Photoshop…that you can't do anywhere else.…In order to take advantage of some of them,…you need to let go of that raw workflow,…and you need to actually flatten the image…or rasterize it.…
So this is a smart object now,…if I were to take, say, my dodge tool,…you can see that it wouldn't work here.…So what I'm gonna do is, I'm going to…flatten this image,…and suddenly my brush comes to life.…But before I use that, I'm gonna take my background,…I'm gonna drag it down here and duplicate it.…So now I have a layer-based workflow.…It's gonna give me a nondestructive workflow.…It's gonna allow me to adjust things a lot,…and let's just zoom in on this car in the foreground here.…
First, take a look at converting raw-format photos to the DNG format in Lightroom and using its Develop module to improve their contrast, color, and tone. Then find out how to adapt your raw workflow when you're on the move—on a mobile device or simply migrating from an application like iPhoto or Aperture. Next, Bryan switches over to Photoshop and its powerful Camera Raw plugin to optimize raw-format images and video. Along the way, he draws important comparisons between Photoshop and Lightroom, ending with tips for round-tripping back to Lightroom and creating camera profiles to make sure you're getting the most rich and accurate results from both programs.