PREPARE PHOTOS IN CAMERA RAW

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 Learn how to edit your images in Camera Raw before adjusting them further in Photoshop

You can do most of your editing adjustments in Camera Raw prior to opening your image in Photoshop. An accessible tool, Camera Raw automatically opens when you opt to edit RAW image files in Photoshop; you can also access it via Adobe Bridge.

With some basic and advanced adjustment tools available, you can use the plug-in to enhance and correct a whole range of common photo problems including red eye, lens distortion, image sharpness and exposure. In this quick tutorial wegoing to show you how to crop in, correct white balance, improve exposure and enhance contrast areas using Camera Raw.

Yoube able to check all the changes you make to your original digital negative thanks to the handy histogram that s available in the dialog box. Then once youfinished correcting your capture, you can put the final shot through to Photoshop for further editing and final tweaks. You ll be able to follow along with us using your own RAW image files and learn just how easy it is to edit your images in Camera Raw.

Basic corrections in Camera Raw

1 Adjust white balance Drag your RAW image over the Photoshop icon on your desktop; the Camera Raw dialog will then open. You can crop/straighten your shot using the Crop or Straighten tool along the top menu. To correct or alter white balance, select the specific setting from the menu or manually adjust the Temperature and Tint sliders.

2 Improve the overall exposure You can now correct the exposure by increasing or decreasing the Exposure slider. Refer to the histogram to ensure you donover or underexpose. You can also use the Recovery slider to bring back some detail from distorted highlights or dark shadows. Increase the Color Saturation slider to get punchier results.

3 Adjust contrast To add contrast in specific areas of the frame, you can use the Adjustment brush along the top menu. Adjust the brush size and begin painting over the shadow areas you want to enhance. Use the Exposure sliders to alter that area of the image only. By pressing New you can continue to adjust other areas of the image.

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Six further enhancements in Camera RAW

1 Open those RAW files Double-clicking the RAW files wonopen them up-youneed to drag and drop them onto the Photoshop icon. Theyautomatically open up into the Camera Raw interface, which is clean and easy to navigate.

2 White balance Start work on the Basic panel of tools on the right-hand side, the first tab available. Select the White Balance tool from the top bar (I) and click on an area which should be a white or light grey, but isncurrently. Play with the presets to see what works well.

3 Exposure Switch on the Highlight clipping warning, the small triangle found in the top-right of the interface box, which will warn when image detail is being lost. Some damage will occur (turn red). Move the Recovery slider slightly in order to recover the detail.

4 Brightness and Contrast These sliders will do exactly what they say, boosting the imagemidtones and contrast. Zoom in when you re working and start with Contrast, moving it right to boost the image. If needed, move the Brightness slider right by a very small amount.

5 Colour boost The next three sliders will improve the colour quality in your image. Move the Clarity slider to the far right-this will improve the colours in all images, making for a stronger image. If the red warning marks appear again, move the Recovery slider until they vanish.

6 Reduce noise Zoom in and move the Luminance slider to around 25%-the pixels will blur/smooth out. Also available is the Luminance Detail slider, which allows you to preserve the image s detail when smoothing out-not too high, or more flaws could be revealed.

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