Adobe Camera Raw is a must-have tool for professional photographers. This powerful plug-in has been frequently updated to support more cameras and include more features and is available as part of Adobe Photoshop CC. In this course, you will learn the various tools and options available for making professional adjustments to your images. Software required: Photoshop CC.
Course Introduction Adobe Camera Raw is included with Adobe Photoshop and gives you the ability to make non-destructive edits to your images. You can really think of this as a starting point for your digital, photographic workflow. If you're working in the raw format, you can really harness all the power and all the information within that image. In this course, we're going to talk about how we can improve and correct exposure. We'll also take a look at how we can change color temperature, and how we can recompose our images by using the Crop Tool. We'll also take a look at how we can convert our color images into black and white images, and we'll also be looking at how we can create presets so we can automatically apply adjustments to images.
Saving and Applying Presets Presets are a great way to save a series of steps that you've taken to get an image to look a certain way, and having the ability to apply those same steps to another image. Let me show you want I mean. Let me come over here to the HSL/Grayscale panel and convert this to grayscale. Then I'll come back to the Basic panel and maybe adjust the exposure and change the contrast a little bit. Then, I'll come over here to the Split Toning panel and apply a little bit of a colorcast to the highlights and to the shadows. And this is going to create a little bit more of a sepia tone look. So after making this adjustment, if I decide that I really like it and want to be able to apply this to other images, what I need to do is come over to the Presets panel. Here inside the Presets panel, I can come down here and click the New Preset button. This will open up a dialog box, and here you can select what settings you want associated with this preset. In this case, because I moved back and forth through several different panels, I'm going to leave all settings here selected. Now I'll just go ahead and call this Sepia. Then I'll go ahead and click OK. You can see the preset here. To apply this preset, all you have to do is come over and select another image and click on that preset. Now what's great about this, after applying the preset, you have full control here. You can always come back to any one of these panels and further refine the adjustment. So that preset is really a starting point for this image. So presets can really save you a lot of time when working inside of Camera Raw by saving a series of adjustments in a preset, and then having the ability to apply that preset to another image.