How to Fix Exposure in Adobe® Photoshop®

Lesson 4/4 - Adobe® Camera Raw Filters in Adobe® Photoshop®


How to Fix Exposure in Adobe® Photoshop®


Lesson Info

Adobe® Camera Raw Filters in Adobe® Photoshop®

I'm gonna jump back over to bridge here and I'm going to open up one of my images in here and I'm going to open this and camera raw and I've got my image and I'm going to go in and adjust my shadows here to kind of bring up the shadows in the engine bay bring that up go in and kind of lightened my blacks there to bring this up a whole lot more it's taken a dusk you know what an iphone really bright flash and it just kind of fills everything in I'm gonna knock the whites back a little bit and what I want to do is now I want to go in and I want to open this as a smart object so I'm not going to convert it in photo shop in an openness as a smart object so I will have these settings already applied in the image and then I can further adjust them and you'll notice when you hover over open image here it says open his normal image option clicked open without updating shift click shift click rub your timing and all these things so if I hold down my shift it's going to open this as a smart obje...

ct so you just hover over there follow that right there shift clicked opens a smart object and says open object right there I opened this up I've opened this up and this is now a smart object a smart object is nothing more than a new image that has a whole bunch of other things done to it doesn't have to be but say had multiple layers in this image and I had other things to composite this whole image and I would like to then apply and nondestructive filter to it I turn into a smart object even there was layers in the object even if there's adjustment layers this morn object just bundles it altogether okay? I haven't lost any of that stuff it just bundles it together we're going to show you how we get back to that. So with this I would like to now go a little bit further with this it's a smart object that I opened right through camera raw would have been the same thing if I had gone in and converted us for smart filters. Yes, but I want to show you every hour so now I'm going to go in and I'm going to apply camera raw to it again and I can apply that on top of it so I can actually go in and do more with my highlights or shadows we pretty much got fairly close to the end, but I get a little bit more out of that as well and of course a little bit more clarity kind of ups the contrast between shadows and highlights go ahead little bit more vibrance and I've gotten out of there just like that a little bit more and I've got that slightly better in there if I ever want to get back to my original original image here, that little thing that said what I converted to smart filters it said blah, blah, blah, blah, blah and that you were supposed to read well, what you were supposed to read wass when I have an object that has been turned into a smart filter, it keeps all of its editing capabilities in there and to get back to that original object and edit it, I just go to my little icahn right there in the lower right hand corner, that smart object icon I'm gonna double click on that and it's going to bring me back to the very original image. So now I go back to my original camera raw adjustment here, which is pretty awesome, and I realized that I, you know, wanted to go ahead, and I wanted to change the temperature on that there to really warm it up or cool it down and do some other adjustments on it as well while I had it in my smart object, so a smart object is basically an entire image, whether it be layers, adjustment, layers, everything all nicely packaged into one little image on image that I can't directly at it and photo shop when it's a smart object but an image that if I click on that little icon right there will open up the original image and then I can begin to edit that so now I have ways that I can go in and protect my images go in and do my camera raw filters and everything that I've done is not destructive I haven't really touched a single pixel in this entire image it's all been nondestructive, so I want to show you one more thing here and I'm gonna show you a little bit more about smart objects as we go through I'm gonna open up this image and I'm not going to do anything with it in camera raw at this point I'm going to go in and I'm going to do some adjustment layers and editing right on this image and then I'm gonna turn into a smart object, so I realize this looks good little bit of a blue cast of the whole thing I'm just going to dio a very quick and dirty exposure here it is taking my lasso tool right there again no, I'm not doing this professionally, okay? Yeah, exactly good idea so I have a selection I'm going to do an adjustment layer on this with some curves and because I have my selection active it's going to mask out that area so I'm on lee going to effect this particular area, so I just want to go in and a lot of brighten it up a little bit, and I should have feathered that little bit more. Luckily it's an adjustment layer and I can come and double click back on my mask right there, and I'm actually going to feather my mask much more substantially here. Awesome, ok? And now I'm going in and I've done an adjustment layer right there and just kind of brought that back a little bit overall, I think I'm going to go in and do another adjustment layer on this here, maybe do some human saturation, and I'm just going to bump that over a bit, you know, make it make it just a tad bit warmer, there's a slight there, we've got really good saturation certainly don't need to saturated anymore, and there it is great now I'd like to go in and I would like to apply my camera raw filter to this. This is where the smart filter comes in or turning it into a smart object. I want to keep all my adjust players and all the editing that I have done to my image in here, but I can't then apply my filter because how do I apply my camera filter two adjustment layers? I can't do it I gotta apply it to pixels here I can't apply it to, you know, just mathematical equations so this is where when I turn this into a smart object or converted for smart filters now we can actually read what it's supposed to say to a name to enable re editable smart filters it'll be converted to a smart object great. Okay, so let me go in and I've got to turn everything into a smart object here, so convert for smart filters right there now all of that becomes a smart object now I'm going to apply my camera raw filter to this definitely going to go in and I want to open up the shadows in there as well and ok now I think I've got a much better image in there and I realize that this is just what I want, but I really want to go back in and adjust my clouds as well, so that looks a whole lot better, but I think I just want to go in and select my clouds here and get a little bit more contrast I want to get back to my original image that had all of my adjustment players in there and a smart object basically keeps a temporary file in here with all that photo shop players adjustments, everything in there it's actually a temporary file built in here to get back to that smart object, I'm going to double click on by smart object here and it says ok, we're going to open up a temporary file make sure you save in close so then it goes back into the photo shop file and it's all packaged as a smart filter or smart object it's like look ok and here is my original image right there with all of my adjustments this is great so I'm going to select my layer I'm gonna use my quick selection toole grab you know, kind of blues here select anything that similar blue in my file right there go under do a quick re fine edge just to show you that I know what I'm doing you know, do that ok feather that out there so it kind of really you know do that as well ok, awesome and then I'm gonna dio adjustment, layer some curves and get some more contrast out of my sky make it substantially brighter I'm really going to bump up that yeah, there we go thank god writes brighter okay and I'm also going to go into my blues here, grab my little hand tool click right there kind of blew it up a little bit there should have done a better job on my mask ok? And now I've gone in and I got a little bit better adjustment on this guy right there I'm done with this, so I'm going to save this and I'm going to close this file was going to close after it save saving the background, thinking all these adjustments that I made are now baked back into my smart object and then with my filter yeah, I have that control over my filter and I can see how that all is going to work, but all those adjustments are going to be right there and my object I can also apply other adjustment layers on top of this as well, but I have the ability to go back and forth and dio all these adjustments now because we've gone in to bridge, I've applied a whole bunch of camera ross settings here to all of these images this is only where I'm going to see what's going on and I can go in and I could go and I can open all this stuff for my selections here, but I can also go in and I can get rid of my images or get rid of what's going on here with camera raw, open anything up, I can always go back and aiken just reset everything back down and non destructively get right back to my original image nothing's been harmed, nothing's been touched and if you have any light room users out there, this is very common for light room that was actually one of them comments that I wanted to get too near the end here is, how does this change for light room users? How does this process change? Well, actually, this is very much the way it works for light room users, so if you use light room, one of the great things about light room is is that you're basically adjusting, and what you're seeing is you're just seeing previews of how everything is going to look without having to process all the information every time you do these adjustment layers to really easy to use interface, and so you could very easily go in. And if you've done an entire photo shoot and you've got all of your bracket images, you know, from overto underexposed, you find out what you like. You go pick the one in light room, you were just what it is that you want to adjust, and then if the client likes that one, you can then take that adjusted image and open it up in photo shop, and it just puts all the settings on there lite rooms great, because you don't store every single image with every single adjustment, itjust stores previews of it all, so it makes it really quick, really easy to use their user friendly so that's, one of the huge benefits of using light room. A lot of photographers use light room because it's just it isn't as cumbersome his photo shop can because as you know this is photoshopped week and we just kind of touched the surface on sixty topics so white room is really quite fantastic to be able to go in and do that for I didn't use light room because I love photo shop and you know the more complicated the better that's how it goes you know it just makes it that have makes it happen so do we have any questions in here seems like we're running a little it quickly on this one feeling good let's see a lot of questions um about kind of the differences between c s six and cc do you have to know the camera filter is that in c s six years that only cc oh no it's been camera has been around for quite some time because some of the new features here I know the impression so specifically the camera filter all the camera roth filter yes I'm pretty sure the camera filter itself let me open this up here so we can do that the camera filter has been around for I know a couple generations on I'm going to say yes that it's in cia six open it up here when we press the right button here there we go so that filter has definitely been there for quite some time I know cf six camera raw itself has been updated in creative cloud and of course, group creative cloud two thousand fourteen but that camera filter was huge huge, huge, huge improvement and I use it all the time down because I used to go in levels curves you saturation all those things constantly and now whether they can just go in and just so easily going adjust areas with the camera filter lovin from folks who are like, hey, this is amazing smart objects, you're great, why not just make everything a smart object you could you really could? The thing is, is that if I'm going to go in and I'm just going to do traditional photo editing here and retouching, if I go in and I do this, I can't go in and retouch a smart object that's so that's one of the biggest issues with a smart object um I'm just going to convert this to a smart object I can do it this way convert a smart object and I can't do any editing on this right here, okay, so any editing for the pixels right here or clone stamp tool or eraser or any manipulation of the pixels don't happen as a smart filter? Okay, so while it's all great basically I'm limited to going in and doing just a whole bunch of adjustment layers things like that because now it's like oh you know what I want to go in and I want to remove some of these branches that air right here um okay so I can go in here and I can't do that with a smart filter or with smart object as well go in here and do it but I can't do it directly on the image itself and I know people that just convert everything to a smart object it's fine but smart objects air there so that you basically protect it now if you want to make sure nobody messes with your objects or images just make everything a smart filter then you're going to have to do all of your editing not destructively not a bad thing many questions of the room here we got one going down so if you want to take out the lines there you have to do that before you convert it make sure I understand that if I want to do it directly on the image which I never should dio but converting into a smart filter here are not converting into a smart filter doing this non destructively I can go in here and I can just create an actual clone layer right here and I could go in on this clone layer I'm not actually doing it right here I could go on here with the clone layer and then I could begin to go in and I could sample what it is that I'm going for here and I want to sample all the layers and then I can go in and I could not destructively go ahead and take all of this out and put it on its own layer yeah, just like so but you know, this isn't a retouching class, but I'm just going to show off anyway so there it is and so that becomes its own specific layer, which is what you should do anyway when you're doing retouching, but if I wanted to go ahead and I want to do the retouching in all this color correction to it as well, I could say that whole thing is a smart object so it's all one big bundle another advantage of doing a smart object is one of the things when I teach layers I do a layer sandwich and I put everything together on multiple layers in there and then what I'd like to do is I'd like to use that layer sandwich in another file in multiple different positions it would be crazy to take that layer sandwich with the forty layers and then copy those forty layers into groups every single time I want to use that sandwich if I turn into a smart object I can then copy that smart object five times I have five layers and then I could just put it wherever I want tio in the file. But if I want to use five complete sandwiches the old way, I have a folder of forty layers to make up one sandwich. Another folder of forty layers that makes up another sandwich makes it a lot more tedious. Either way, I have full editing capability. Just one click away. I can open the folder, or I can just go back in and edit the smart object and get back in there. So that's. One of the advantages is just ease of use, and, you know, being able to reduce the size of your file overall in your layers panel.

Class Description

Over or under-exposed photos are easy to come across, but notoriously difficult to fix. Jason Hoppe changes that in How to Fix Exposure in Adobe® Photoshop®.

Jason will introduce you to a filter that restores highlight areas, opens up shadow areas, and balances the image exposures – all non-destructively.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2