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Hot Tips from the Photoshop Playbook

Lesson 2 of 11

Adobe Bridge: Camera Raw

 

Hot Tips from the Photoshop Playbook

Lesson 2 of 11

Adobe Bridge: Camera Raw

 

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Adobe Bridge: Camera Raw

Let's just jump right in, and I'm gonna show you guys a whole bunch of cool stuff. Uh, I'm in photo shop cc 2015. The great thing about this course, you don't have to be in the latest, greatest version of photo shop. I hope that you are, because we're always working to make it better, But you don't need to be, um 90% of what I show you will not require some brand new version of photo shop. Okay, so here's bridge and I've got a bunch folders and I'm gonna step through a bunch of things and, uh, the very 1st 1 I want to talk about a cr adobe camera raw. Um, this is one of those places where if you're shooting raw, uh, you understand the benefits of adobe camera raw right away. If you're not, you occasionally see camera raw. And I've heard this so many times. How did you get to where you are? Where are you right now? And what is that place and how do I get there? It's really important because camera is this in road to Photoshop. This is really friendly. Unlike a lot of photo shop, which i...

s really intimidating. Camera is just It's a friendly place. Before I show it to you. Gonna give you guys just a brief sort of insider anecdote. Um, many, many years ago that 11 years ago, um, the guy who invented Photoshopped, Thomas Noll. He was on vacation with his then new DSLR camera. He was so frustrated by the software that came with it for converting the raw files that he wrote his own. If you're Thomas Knoll, you write your own brought conversion software on vacation on. That's what he did. And he showed it to us when he came back. And he said, Do you think anybody would be interested in this? Yeah, Yeah, Thomas, I think they might like that. Um, we sold it as a separate plug in and photo shop seven. We just included it from then on, and it went on to become the engine that powers late room, so that little travel project of Thomas is definitely paid off. So first thing I'll do is I'll show you it with a raw file. If you have a raw file and you double click on a raw file, you're just going toe launch camera and you're gonna end up in this room. So here's picture my wife on her horse with five D mark to this is exactly how it looks coming off of the camera. What's great about a raw file as opposed to a J pic file, just to sort of cleared up the color channels are all separate, right? They haven't been merged into pixels. We were looking a camera that shoots rahn shoots J peg the advantage to the J pegs. You can shoot 34 times as many. The downside is those air compressed and all the colors are all big together. The raw file exists in multiple pieces. I'm gonna give you guys a super quick tour through camera raw, but then when I really would, I really want to do is talk about it for non raw files for everybody else. So with a raw file, I can open up the shadows. Um, I can pull down the highlights. I can even overcook it a little and then use the highlights to correct that we consume. And we can see that we're gonna get all that detail in her face. We can warm the image up um, we can add clarity or midtown contrast, and we can really quickly establish this look that's really far from what we originally got. So that's that's all wonderful. But what if we're not using raw files? Well, I'm gonna click done, because one of the things that need about this is I can just open it in tow, photo shop, or I can click done. And if I clicked on, you'll notice that the changes are now associated with the file. Um, that file is where I left it. If I made a black and white, it would be black and white. If I cropped, it would be cropped. But because it's a raw file, I haven't converted into layers or anything yet. What cameras doing is translating it into a language that Photoshopped understands. Okay, so let's say that we didn't We didn't have that Liberty. Let's say that we didn't have a raw file, but we wanted to use camera raw when you noticed that when I click here, I popped into camera raw with JPEG. Now, the way to do that is back here in bridge, you're gonna come into camera raw preferences and you're going to say automatically open all supported J pegs or tips. It's a really important trick because I'm and encourage you to pass every file you can through camera. Wrong. The other way to do this if you're not using bridge is in your preferences. Here in Photoshop. Come in here. Camera raw, and it's the same control down there. Open all those tips, open all those J picks. Open anything you can through camera in a minute. I'll show you another way to get all the other files that aren't tips and J pegs and raw files in camera raw. And so what we can do with this is we can take an image like this. Um, I think this came off of the the IPhone, and I could do things I'm not used to doing with anything but a real image. I can play around the color temperature. Um, I can recover tremendous highlight detail, shadow detail, clarity. I could introduce things like, uh, and yet ing to darken it. I could I could dramatically change the image very quickly. I can even do profile Correction. OK, so that's IPhone five s. Look at how much that images change him Amazing camera. I found a great camera, but it's a little lens. It obviously has some distortion. It's equivalent to about a millimeter lens, and we can remove that distortion by passing it through. Camera. Raw is the greatest place to move your your images through again. I have two choices. I could either open this image in a photo shop, and I'm translating it into pixels opening that depict. Or I could just click done and those changes were going to be associated with the file, which they are. There are some other cool features. Um, let me just show you this one real quick called the Haze. You guys haven't seen this. It's fantastic. Everything I show you here as total feature parity with light rooms develop module. If I come in here to the d A slider and I pull that to the right, it's like a polarizer filter after the fact, it's just gonna cut through all of that. Hes the only thing to remember with D. Hayes is it does tend to darken the image. So if you're gonna apply D. Hayes, excuse me, you're also probably gonna want to come in here and open up the shadows. Or maybe bump the exposure a little bit. But D his works really, really well. Okay, now let's say we have an image. Um, let's go and just open this and we're gonna have to reset it. Because remember, one of the things that we can do is we can make any image look the way it did at any point. And let's let's say that this image is a PNG or this image is, um, you know, some wacky file format. What's great is that we can actually come in here to our filter menu and get to Kamerad this way as well. This changed in C. C. Ah, lot of people don't know it's here so I can move any file into camera raw here, of course, where this gets even more interesting as you could make a master of selective edit and you could come in as well. Now it's a plug in. So what it can do is limited by what you see on screen. We saw the whole image. It only affected a selected area. The plug in doesn't speak the language of the selection I made there so there's a few things that don't work exactly like you think they would. But what I'm here to tell you is that you can use camera raw selectively and use it with masks, and you don't have to just use it on raw files, all a kind of lengthy way of saying, However, you're moving images into photo shop, you should either be doing it through light room, which essentially has a camera on the develop module. Or you should be moving your images through camera raw because there are things you can do in there. You can't do anywhere else in photo shop lens correction, clarity, temperature de hes a lot of really powerful stuff.

Class Description


Adobe’s Bryan O’Neil Hughes pioneered this popular YouTube series to solve common problems in Photoshop…in just minutes. Bryan will show his favorite shortcuts and tricks for troubleshooting Photoshop stumbling blocks. This course offers something for everyone and features a repository of takeaway content  


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015

Reviews

Mike Thompson
 

I think this class was well worth it. I like that you are sharing this info, like the "secrets" so I can try them and have acquaintances ask, "how did you do that". It was great. Thanks!

user 12004e
 

Lots of good tips. Gets to some deeper aspects of the programs.