Camera RAW Processing in Photoshop CC

Camera RAW Processing in Photoshop CC


In this video, we’re going to go over how to process a file in Camera RAW 9.1. The first step is to neutralize it by
using your White Balance tool, which is the third from the left (in the toolbar) and right now
I’m going to zoom in. Normally I would have you shoot a Color Checker or a grey
card which is something that we know to be neutral. Because we didn’t do that, in this case
I’m going to take a look at the image and I have the side of the knife, I also have this specular highlight (where light reflects on metal or glass) and that should be neutral. I’m going to click on that, and over on the right sidebar you’ll see that White Balance is now changed from “As Shot” to
“Custom.” I’m going to zoom out. The next thing you’re going to do is
actually taking readings of the image. I’m going to click on the Color Sample tool. I like to go from
the darkest to lightest points (in the image) to place a sample in the darkest. You can see the
readings (above the image). Remember that 10 is pure black and 255 is pure white. We need to place one on
a transition, the next one the second transition between the highlights and
shadows. I’ll place a third in the front, place a fourth here in the fruit. So, that’s four (samples) in the shadow areas. I’m now going to the mid-tones and you get 8 altogether, my last one will be on the highlight area. Now evaluate all those numbers. I can see that my brightest ones are still at a medium tone (125). So, that means because I want both my shadows and highlights to be
brighter I’m going to use the Exposure Slider. In this case, because it’s a fairly moody image
I’m not going to bring the highlight area much higher than about 220. My shadow
areas are pretty low, so I’m going to go down to shadows moving that (slider) to the right, you’ll see those numbers increase. You’ll notice that it looks brighter on the screen than it’s going to print. So, down here I now have some detail on number 4. It’s still pretty dark but that is a shadow
if I want to move it, I can just press and drag. Over here there’s a bit more of an open shadow. overall that looks pretty good. Next I’m going to go to Lens Correction.
This is an older image and Camera RAW 9.1 does not contain it’s Lens profiles but I will have your profile. You can click on it to see if it’s making the kind of changes you need.
gonna go into profile and to Remove Chromatic Aberration. Then for Fringing, you would look at the specular highlights. So, I’m going to zoom in and really seen any Fringing. If
I did which would be a purple line along this highlight. Now, I zoom out (command 0) use the Manual tab, and this is where if I was hadn’t shot straight, if I had some distortions this is where every change it. I’m going back to the Basic Tab. it if there’s an area that I would like to be darker, one of the tools we have is the gradient. We have three tools where we can change specific areas. Using the Gradient, press and drag. Here’s my Exposure, you’ll notice the panel has changed. If I had very specific areas (to change) I could do it
with the brush and at this point I’m happy with how it’s looking. Now on this
bottom line we need to click on the workflow line. We’re going to go with ProPhoto
which is the largest color space. I’m using 8 bit (depth). If I had a very smooth
gradations in the background I might do 16 bit but it doubles the file size. and I don’t wanna do that. I’m
not going to resize and am going with the default size and resolution is 300. You
can do some sharpening if you know whether you’re going to be working in Matt or Glossy, I would keep it at Low. Then click OK If you want to get out of the specialized radiant options panel, just click
on one of the other tools to get back to the basic panels. At this point I would
then click on Open Image it’s going to take a little bit to open up in Photoshop and I recommend that you save it as a Tiff file with LZW compression. Make sure you name it alpha-numeric only.

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