Join Taz Tally for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting started in the Camera Raw interface, part of Photoshop Color Correction: Fundamentals.
In this chapter and set of movies, I'd like to show you how to apply the same kind of thinking, and tools, and adjustments, using a different Photoshop tool, in this case Camera Raw. Photoshop Camera Raw. And what you're going to see is once you learn this basic set of conceptual tools and techniques, you can really apply them in a lot of different circumstances. Alright, so we're going to use the Camera Raw interface, and because that we're going to start with in a Raw file. And here is WMRW, which is a Minolta an old Minolta Camera Raw file format. And these days you can work on JPEG's and you can work on TIFF files, and other files besides Camera Raw, but if you're going to work in Camera Raw, you might as well take advantage of all the data inside of the Camera Raw file.
Plus remember that a Camera Raw file is protected. You really don't apply anything to the image until after you export, right? It's even more protected than a Photoshop file with all of the Adjustment layers and so forth. So, let's go ahead and double click on the file and it opens up in the Camera Raw interface. And just a few things about the interface, and we'll do some basic cropping and stuff. And, up here in the upper right-hand corner where you can go to full-screen mode if you want to when you're working on a file and that's always a good idea. To do that this is laid out really very differently than Photoshop if you're brand new to Camera Raw. We're not going to go through the entire interface.
This is not a course on Camera Raw. It's really applying the same tools and techniques and concepts that we learned in Photoshop but using them here. Along the top are oh, these are tools that are going to be pretty similar to some of the ones you use in Photoshop but they're just laid out differently, that's all. Then, then of course you have your Image View here. And then over here you have your histogram display. That's key to us as you know. And then you have the series of tools over here. You have your white balance and tone corrections over here. And then you have curves, and then you have sharpening, then you have a variety of other tools that I'm just not even going to get into today.
But these are the three that we used in Photoshop and we're going to use here. Okay, so we're obviously going to use our histogram, and notice that there's no layers here. There's no channels that's because we're working with a preview of the images that's one of the fundamental differences between Camera Raw and Photoshop is Camera Raw working in Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop Camera Raw is very much like working in Lightroom if your familiar with Lightroom at all. In that you only work on the preview of the image and everything is just kind of held in, inside the application until you actually export and then you apply to the file. This has many, many advantages in that, that you have a protected file.
You know, one of the disadvantages, you don't have layers and channels so you can do all those kind of editings, but you're going to see, you can do whole image corrections very, very effectively working in Camera Raw. Alright, so, let's get started with just kind of a basic adjustment here. Let's do our, let's go to our Crop tool which is where we would always start, of course. Right? With the Crop tool you're going to do a crop. Not necessary to do a rotate here. So we'll affect that and then we're going to click here to go back to Full Screen Preview. Alright. And then we're all set up really to kind of move over and start evaluting our image.
And that's what we'll do next.
- What is color correction?
- Comparing RGB and CMYK color modes
- Using grayscales and neutrals for color correction
- Understanding pixels and bit depth
- Evaluating and correcting images with histograms
- Using nondestructive editing tools
- Removing a color cast
- Performing curve corrections in Camera Raw
- Affecting creative adjustments
- Retouching an image
- Sharpening images
- Preparing for print and web use