Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Snapshots, part of Photoshop: Raw Workshop (2013).
More often than not when I capture an image I have a pretty good sense of what I'd like the final result to look like. And as I'm working on optimizing my images I also have a pretty good idea of which direction I want to head. But in some cases I might be a little indecisive, not exactly sure how I want to interpret a photo. And in those situations I might try a variety of different options before settling on the final interpretation of a photo. And when that's the case, in Adobe Camera Raw, I'll sometimes make use of the Snapshots feature. The Snapshots feature is something of a history capability within Adobe Camera Raw.
It allows me to essentially capture a snapshot of a photo at a given moment, so that I can always get back to that particular moment in time for the image. Let's take a look at an example so you can better understand the possibilities of this feature. We'll start by assuming that I want to create a black and white interpretation of this image. And so, I'll go through the various adjustments. Don't worry about the specific adjustments I'm applying at the moment. Just understand that I'm applying specific adjustments based on a particular intent for the image. So in this case a black and white version of the image, perhaps with a reasonable degree of contrast.
Once I arrive at what I think is a possible destination for my image, at least in terms of the Camera Raw conversion, then I may want to create a snapshot, so that I can explore other options but always get back to this specific version of the photo. So to do that, I'll go to the snapshots tab, and then down at the bottom right of Adobe Camera Raw I'll click on the blank sheet of paper icon, the New Snapshot button, in order to create a new snapshot for this particular instance of the photo. When I do that, I'll be prompted to enter a name for this version.
And I'll just call this BNW, for black and white and contrasty, just because this is a slightly contrasty black and white interpretation. Ultimately I just need to recognize which version of the image is represented by which snapshot name. So it just has to be meaningful to me. I'll go ahead and click the OK button, and that will create the snapshot. So, at any given time I can come back to this interpretation of the image. So now I'm free to explore other possibilities. For example, perhaps I'll go back to a color interpretation of the photo, and then apply a variety of different adjustments.
Perhaps negative clarity to create a more dreamlike appearance in the photo. Maybe I’ll boost the colors just a little bit. I might consider cooling the image off a little or even warming it up some more, or perhaps giving it a little bit of a magenta tint. And let’s assume that this is what I think what might be a good dreamlike state for the image. And it's a version that I'm considering for the final image. I'll go back to my Snapshots tab, and then I'll create another new snapshot. I'll just call this dreamy for example, and I'll click OK to create that snapshot.
And once again, I can go back and fine-tune all of my various adjustments and find different ways of interpreting the scene. Maybe I'll bring up the clarity, for example. And we'll call this sort of the high-detail interpretation of the image. So I'll go back to Snapshots and I'll create one more snapshot. We'll call this high detail, and I'll click OK. So now I've explored various interpretations, various possible ways of approaching this image and I can choose among them very easily.
All I need to do is go to the Snapshots tab and click on the specific snapshot that I'd like to see, and I can switch back and forth between all of them at will until I decide upon which particular version I want to stick with. But of course this doesn't have to be the final result. I can decide that black and white contrasty is the best snapshot, but that I want to further refine things just a little bit. And so I can go back to my various adjustments, and fine tune them as I see fit. So as you can see, the Snapshots feature in Adobe Camera Raw can be very useful, especially in situations where you're not sure exactly how you want to interpret the final photo.
- Opening raw captures
- Setting Camera Raw preferences
- Zooming and panning
- Processing multiple images
- Image rotation, cropping, and straightening
- White balance and tonal adjustments
- Sharpening and noise reduction
- Split toning
- Compensating for lens vignetting
- Focused adjustments