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- Photoshop CS5 workspace improvements
- Content-Aware Fill
- Complex selections
- Bristle Brushes and the new Mixer Brush
- Adobe Camera Raw 6
- CS Review online commenting
- Adobe Repoussé
- Working with 3D
Skill Level Intermediate
Let's talk about Adobe Camera Raw 6 for a second. There have been some improvements in noise reduction. There have been some additions also, with Effects like post-crop vignetting. And there is an improved sharpening algorithm to address tone, contrast, and fidelity of details. And a whole new rendering engine with better toning and sharpening. So, let's open a raw file that we have here in our demo files, by double-clicking on it from Mini Bridge, and let's have a look at that. Let's zoom into this image at 100%.
And typical, from images that have been taken at night, this image is full of noise. Okay, because it has a very long exposure, and on my digital camera, this creates the noise. This effect, let me zoom in a little bit more, so you can see the noise more effectively. Okay, let's zoom back to 100%. And look at the new Noise Reduction Panel here. In previous versions of Camera Raw, we had the possibility to work on luminance and on color, but not on detail, contrast and color detail.
So, let's pump up the luminance for a second here, for noise reduction. And as I drag the slider away, and up the number here, we can see that the sky is now an even surface. All the noise is gone. But what we also notice is that Camera Raw is very intelligent at making that noise reduction. For example, I have lost very little detail inside of these luminance objects here, the light objects. And I can also pump that up a little bit to get even more detail inside of the light.
I can also change the luminance contrast to get a little bit more contrast in the light areas, that will bring back some of the noise. And then, I can also make noise reduction based on color and on the color detail. Now, this I've done now on a Camera Raw file. Let me zoom out again and see at the complete picture, okay? And let's turn Preview off to see how the noise was in that picture before.
And turn it back on. Actually, let me zoom in, because you probably won't be able to see that on the monitors. So, let's zoom back in at 100%. This is how it is now and this is how it was before. So, basically, you can really clearly see that the noise has gone from all of these areas. So, that has become much, much, simpler with Adobe Camera Raw 6. Another thing that we can do with Camera Raw, and let's escape out of this, is open any type of file. For example, JPEGs and TIFFs.
So, let's open this other image here that I have. Let's open this JPEG Image, okay. And if I Ctrl, click on the image, I can ask Mini Bridge to open that image in Camera Raw. And remember, that is a JPEG. So, let's open that image in Camera Raw, and I can access all of the tools that we actually have in Camera Raw to work on raw images or digital negatives. So, we have the Noise Reduction Tools here. What I want to show are the Effects. For example, what I can do now is to add grain to that image. So, let's pump up the amount of grain on that image, so that we can all see what that does to the image.
It make it look like it's been taken with a regular reflex camera, so on film. Because on film, we used to have that grain. It's ironic because previously, we've done exactly the opposite, we've done the noise reduction on the image. But we can actually add grain, therefore, add noise to the image. And also, maybe change the size of the grain, make it slightly bigger. And even change the roughness of the grain. So, really, to make that image look like an old image.
Another thing that we can do is add post-crop vignetting. Right here inside of Camera Raw. So, let's change the amount of that vegnetting, so you can get the idea. If I slide it to the positive numbers, the vignetting will be white around the image. Which can be an interesting effect. Or, if I want the opposite, I can have, dark vignetting, around the image itself. Therefore, giving it that low light kind of feeling. I can change the midpoint of that vignetting.
Therefore, making it go into the image or out of the image. I can also change the roundness of that vignetting. Really, to choose exactly how that vignetting should work on my picture, the feathering of the vignetting. So, from very hard, this way you can actually understand what this does. This keeps, almost like a mask on top of the image. So, let's change the feathering again up, like this. Okay, so we get a nice vignette around it.
And I can also use the highlights to maybe, delete some of that vignetting on areas that are lighter in my image. Okay. I can also choose between different styles, for example, giving priority to colors or using the vignette as a paint overlay. Now, the other interesting thing is that this vignetting is live on the image, meaning that if I now go inside of the image and crop the image, let's crop it this way, you will see that the vignetting adjusts to that new crop.
So, if I say okay, to this. This is where the vignetting will be on top of my image. So, what we've rapidly seen here is the new enhancements to the Noise Reduction in images and the new Effects Panel here, that allows me to add grain to images and add also a post-crop vignette on top of my images, to give them that stylish look.