Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Auto-toning and correcting white balance, part of Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7.
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Here we are going to take a look at how we can start our workflow with this image, and we will explore how we can update the processed version for this file, and also how we can apply some auto adjustments by way of a shortcut. All right, well let's go ahead and open this image up in Camera Raw, navigate to the File pull-down menu and then choose Open in Camera Raw. The first thing you want to do in Camera Raw is you want to take this view to full screen, you can do so either by clicking on this icon here or by pressing the F key, the F key allows you to toggle between the different views.
We want to go to full screen so we can really focus in on the image. Next, one of the things that you'll notice here is that this image is obviously underexposed and we have a few little adjustments that have been made. These adjustments have been made because I converted this file to this DNG format in a previous version of Adobe Camera Raw. These are just the default settings with that processed version. Well, I want to update this image and you will need to do this with a lot of your photographs in order to take full advantage of the new Camera Raw engine.
To do so you can click on this little icon here to update what's called called the Processed Version. Once I click on this focusing on these controls right here and also the image. Let me show you how this'll work. We will click on this icon and it will then update the image. Notice that the image has a little bit more detail in the shadows and also notice that all of our sliders are now zeroed out. The latest version of Camera Raw starts out with all of your sliders in the middle which is really great. All right, well the next thing I want to do is apply just some auto adjustments, and I want to do this by way of a shortcut.
The shortcut is Cmd+U on a Mac or Ctrl+U on Windows. In doing that you can see that Adobe Camera Raw has corrected this image in some pretty phenomenal ways. Many times the auto adjustments will give you a good starting point. You can also access these controls by clicking on these two links here. To go back to Default you can click on that or to go to Auto, if you forget the shortcut, you can click on this link here. All right, well now that we've applied these auto adjustments and learned a few shortcuts along the way, let's go ahead and take a look at how we can start to customize the settings for this photograph, and let's do that in the next movie.
- Comparing the raw, JPG, and TIFF formats
- Converting or saving to the DNG format
- Enhancing color and tone
- Cropping and composing
- Sharpening and noise reduction
- Using the Camera Raw histogram
- Batch editing
- Correcting for under- and overexposure
- Retouching blemishes
- Making lens corrections
- Calibrating your camera
- Speeding up your workflow with actions