Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Bringing it all together: From meh to wow!, part of Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training.
- [Instructor] If you've been following along this chapter, you'll know that we've made many improvements to a number of images using the controls to simply fix a specific problem. More often than not though, when we're making an image look better, it's a combination of many of these sliders that will improve the image dramatically. So the first thing that I want to do with this image is change the profile from Adobe Color to Adobe Landscape. Then I'll move to the lens correction panel and be sure to remove the chromatic aberration and enable the profile corrections.
If this image needed a perspective correction, I would go ahead and do it now using the transform tool, but in this case we don't need to. Then I want to crop the image so I'll tap the C key to select the crop tool. And if I needed to add an aspect ratio, I could select that from the list and then click and drag out the crop. In order to apply it, I'll tap Return or Enter. Then I want to set the white balance so I'll return to the basic panel and under white balance, I'm going to choose cloudy from the list.
It makes a very slight change in the tint, just adding in a little bit more of the magenta as opposed to the green. Then before I start changing my exposure and toning the image, I'm going to toggle on my clipping warnings. I'm going to tap the U key and the O key to do that, but I could also just click on either of the icons up here on the histogram. Then to set my white point, I'm going to hold down the Shift key and double click on the white slider and that's going to automatically set the white point in my image.
Then I'll hold down the Shift key and double click on the black slider in order to set the black point. I can see a very small area up here being clipped to pure black. Because I want detail in all of the areas of my image, I'll just move the black slider over to the right a little bit until that disappears. Then I also want to increase my shadows just to lift up a little bit more information in that shadow area and I'm going to decrease my highlights just a little bit. I might also want to add a little bit of contrast either using the contrast slider or I can scroll down and increase clarity which is going to give me a little bit more punch or definition in the mid tone areas especially along the edges.
I also might boost the saturation up a little bit using the saturation slider and then I'm going to shift to the HSL adjustments in order to make adjustments to specific color ranges. In this case, I want to adjust the saturation and I can either select the saturation panel or in fact I could have just stayed in the basic panel and selected my targeted adjustment tool for saturation. That would have automatically taken me to the HSL adjustments. I'm going to click and drag to the right to increase the saturation in the yellows and oranges and I'm also going to decrease the saturation in the greens a little bit.
Now I want to zoom into 100% and move to the detail panel because I want to make sure that I reduce enough noise in this image. I can see a lot of noise in the water and I'm going to move the color slider over to the right and the color smoothness all the way to 100. I'll hold down the Spacebar in order to access the hand tool and move over to an area where I can see these trees a little bit better and I'm going to increase the illuminant slider for noise reduction just to get rid of a little bit of the noise kind of the more solid areas of the trees.
I'll leave the sharpening amount alone and zoom out using Command + 0 or Control + 0 to fit in window and we can see a quick before and after by tapping the P key. There is before and there is after. So there you have it. Within minutes, you can apply a simple, non-destructive adjustments in Camera Raw to help your images stand out.
- Comparing raw and JPEG files
- Correcting lens distortion and perspective problems
- Cropping and straightening a tilted horizon
- Fixing color casts and making creative color adjustments
- Revealing shadow and highlight detail
- Sharpening and reducing noise
- Making localized adjustments
- Converting to black and white
- Retouching portraits: skin, eyes, and teeth
- Automating your workflow
- Merging images for panoramas or HDR images