Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Making basic adjustments with Adobe Camera Raw (project 1), part of Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching Projects.
In this chapter, we will be doing two small projects, where we'll start off with the photograph that's good, but not great, and we'll explore how we can make these images better by way of working with Adobe Camera RAW and cropping and then working with color and tone, and looking to try to improve the overall photograph. Now both pictures are photos of a professional surfer, professional photographer, and writer, really fascinating person and artist. We're going to start off with this image here. It's joe_01. Let's open this up in Camera RAW.
We can do so by going to File and then selecting Open in Camera RAW, or you can press Command+R on a Mac, that's Ctrl+R on Windows, or you can always right-click or Ctrl+Click right on the image and then select Open in Camera RAW. Well, either way let's go ahead and open this file up in Camera RAW. Once we have this image opened in Camera RAW, what I'll first want to do is work on the overall exposure and tone. We're just going to make a few minor adjustments here. So I'll go to my sliders here in the Basic panel.
Then I'll increase my Exposure a little bit, adding a touch of Fill Light as well, and then some Brightness, and a little bit of Contrast. Just making my way down, really making some simple adjustments. Well, now that we've done that. The image is looking better. Press the P key. Here is our before, and then after. Next thing I want to do is warm this file up a bit or experiment perhaps with warming it or cooling it off. We'll go to our Temperature slider to do that. Again, we're just looking to try to make some creative enhancements, just to modify this photo a little bit.
I think a little bit of warmth there looks kind of nice. Now the next thing we need to do is work on composition. One of the problems here is that we see too much of the background. We need to crop this out. Ideally, we should have done that on camer. I should've done that, but I didn't. So I need to use the Crop tool here to improve my composition. I want this image really to be about the surfer and the board, because this is for his surfboard sponsor. So if they're going to use this, I have to get a little bit tighter into the frame.
So let's press the C key to grab our Crop tool. Next, what we can do is go ahead, and click and drag over the entirety of the image. Hold down the Shift key and then go ahead and click and drag one of your corner points. That'll just maintain that aspect ratio. Now once you've done that, you can hover over the crop area and click and drag to reposition the crop. Now if you're not concerned about aspect ratio, well, of course, you can always simply click on one of the corner points then click and drag in order to change the overall composition. Again, what I wanted do is really bring the athlete and artist forward.
I wanted it to be a little bit more about him. So I'm going to go ahead and just make a few little changes here. Make sure I'm cropping out the wall. Here is a trick whenever you have a pattern like this in the background. If the pattern extends the edge of the frame, then the viewer of the image thinks that that pattern kind of goes on forever, because it's never interrupted. It's a real point of visual interest in photography. So a lot of times with patterns, you want them to extend all the way to the edge of a frame. Now another thing we can do here is change the overall lean, if we wanted to, by hovering over one of these corner points and then clicking and dragging one way or another.
Next, double-click in the crop area in order to apply it or press Enter or Return. Now the great thing about cropping in Camera RAW is that you can always undo this. Press the C key to reenter the Crop tool. Reposition this crop that you've applied here. Then double-click to reapply. Well, here you can see the photo now is becoming much more about the subject. We've really reduced and simplified it a great deal. The image is becoming a much more powerful photograph, simply because of changing the overall composition inside of Adobe Camera RAW.
I think the image is pretty good to go now. Let's go ahead and open this file up inside of Photoshop. To do that, we'll simply click on Open Image. Once this image is opened inside of Photoshop, let's press F to go to Full-Screen View mode. Then click on the Spacebar and click and drag in the image to reposition it a little bit near the upper part of the screen, because you don't want to be leaning over when you're working on your photos in Photoshop. It's always a good idea to have those up higher on your monitor, so you're looking up a little bit.
Well, the next thing that we want to do is start to work on color and tone to add a bit of style to this image. We'll explore how we can do that in the next movie.
- Creating and combining multiple exposures
- Repositioning subjects
- Enhancing color and tone
- Removing unwanted background elements
- Simplifying with selections
- Improving composition with cropping
- Toning with the High Dynamic Range (HDR) Pro toolset
- Enhancing eyes
- Changing shape and sculpting muscles with Liquify
- Increasing height
- Sharpening and creating final layer comps
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Fashion Retouching Projectswith Chris Orwig4h 30m Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Portrait Retouchingwith Chris Orwig11h 2m Intermediate
1. Outdoor Portrait
5. Gym Workout
8. Indoor Track Sprint
9. Enhancing Strength
10. Surfer Portrait
11. Underwater Portrait
13. Father and Son Portrait
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