However, if you don't shoot in RAW format, you might not think to use it. First, prepare the image to use the Camera Raw filter nondestructively. Photoshop tucks them into the protective wrapping of a smart object. Once you close the filter, you can reopen its dialog by double-clicking its name in the Layers panel. To access layers you've tucked into a smart object, double-click its layer thumbnail and Photoshop opens them in a temporary document.
The Basic panel in Camera Raw has streamlined, slider-based controls for easy color correction and a handy tool for resetting the white balance. Press I to grab the White Balance tool and locate neutral white or gray pixels. As you move your cursor, note the RGB values below the histogram. When they're similar, click to reset the white balance. Keep clicking until the image looks good to you, and then adjust the Temperature and Tint sliders, as needed.
Press U and O on your keyboard to turn on the shadow and highlight clipping warnings, respectively, which outlines their icons in gray. Adjust Exposure and Contrast to your liking, and use the next four sliders to adjust detail in highlights and shadows.
If bright red warnings appear, indicating overexposed highlights, try darkening the Highlights or Whites slider or both. If bright blue warnings appear, indicating underexposed shadows, lighten the Shadows or Blacks slider or both. To increase contrast in the midtones, drag the Clarity slider rightward avoid this on portraits as it emphasizes skin texture.
To boost colors, use the Vibrance slider. To soften skin, use a negative Clarity adjustment. Press K to grab the Adjustment Brush, and click the minus icon to the left of Clarity twice to set the panel's sliders to 0 and Clarity to Brush across your subject's skin. If you paint across an area that you don't want softened, Option-click-and-drag PC: Alt-click-and-drag to put the brush in erase mode.
Turn on the Mask checkbox at lower right to view brushstrokes as a white overlay, and use the Left and Right Bracket keys on your keyboard to decrease and increase the brush size, respectively. Turn off the Mask checkbox if it's on and adjust the Clarity slider to your liking. Any negative setting softens pixels.
The Upright feature in Camera Raw can quickly fix the perspective in your image. Open the Lens Corrections panel. To straighten both vertical and horizontal lines in your image, click the Auto button. The Graduated Filter tool G lets you apply adjustments like a real graduated filter that screws onto the end of a lens.
It's handy for fixing overexposed skies because the change is applied gradually across the area you drag over. With the tool selected, drag across the area that needs fixing Shift-drag to constrain the filter to be perfectly horizontal or vertical. Use the Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Clarity, and Saturation sliders to adjust the sky to your liking. Uncheck Mask to see the effect.
To hide the adjustment from an area, click the Brush radio button and then click-and-drag across that area. To add the adjustment to an area outside the dotted lines, put the Brush in add mode by clicking the button labeled here and then click-and-drag across that spot. Before Split-Toning Step One: Split-toning introduces creative color by remapping shadows to one color usually dark and highlights to another usually light.
Open the Split-Toning panel. It's easier to pick a highlight color after picking a shadow color, so Option-drag PC: Release the Option PC: Alt key when you find a color you like and then drag the Saturation slider rightward to apply it. Repeat with the Highlight section's Hue slider.
Experiment with setting both Hue sliders to the same color, or try adjusting only the Shadows remember, the color tint is only visible after increasing Saturation. Sharpen High-Contrast Edges The Camera Raw Filter lets you apply localized sharpening with the Adjustments Brush, Radial Filter, and Graduated Filter, but you can also restrict global sharpening to the highest contrast edges, such as the water spray and texture of this baby whale.
Open the Detail panel and adjust the sharpening Amount and Radius sliders. Alt-drag the Masking slider rightward to restrict sharpening based on contrast; areas that will be sharpened appear white and areas that won't appear black. Use this technique on portraits to avoid accentuating skin texture.
Custom Edge Vignette If your focal point isn't centered, the Lens Vignetting sliders in the Lens Corrections panel won't do you much good. Instead, create a custom edge vignette using the Radial Filter J. Draw an oval atop your image. Reposition it using the red pin and resize it using the square handles around the circle. Set all sliders to 0 and then drag Exposure leftward to darken the edges outside the circle. Make sure Effect at the bottom of the panel is set to Outside.
As you can see, the Camera Raw Filter is well worth using. Until next time, may the creative force be with you all. For more information, visit http: This entry was posted in Correction , Photography and tagged Photography. Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published.