Lesson 2 - Objectives 9-12 (Wednesday)
Time yourself! Spend 45 minutes in this section, and learn as much as you can!
As was mentioned earlier, Camera Raw features an intuitive and easy workflow. Start your adjustments with the Basics panel. Next, finesse the adjustments with the Tone Curve panel. Then, move to the next panel, the Detail Panel, where you can reduce noise and sharpen the image. Then on to the next panel - the HSL/Greyscale panel where you can adjust hue, saturation, and luminance for each color range. Watch the video, Camera Raw workflow, to see an example of this.
Assignment: Download B02-09_Exercise and try it for yourself! This is a RAW image file in .DNG format (Digital Negative).
Assignment: Download this image, B02-10-12.jpg, and try reducing color and luminance noise, while sharpening the details, and getting rid of color fringing.
Camera Raw excels at removing noise from your digital images. There are two kinds of noise that camera sensors introduce into digital images: Color and luminance noise. Although Photoshop has noise removal filters, I have found that Camera Raw does an even better job at noise removal. Watch the video "Photoshop: Noise Reduction in Adobe Camera Raw" to see how this is done.
HINTS: You'll want to zoom in at 100% to work with reducing noise in an image. The quickest way to zoom to 100% is by double-clicking the zoom tool (magnifying glass at the top). Try also holding down the OPTION key as you adjust the sliders in the DETAIL panel (ALT key on PC). This will help you visualize what each slider does.
Camera Raw has an excellent panel - the Detail panel - that allows you to sharpen an image or remove noise from an image (or both!)
It doesn't really bring an image into better focus, but it tricks the eye into thinking an image is in crisp focus by highlighting one side of every edge with light, and the other side with dark. Watch the video "Photoshop: Sharpen an image in Adobe Camera Raw" to learn how this is done.
HINT: You'll want to zoom in at 100% to work with sharpening in an image. The quickest way to zoom to 100% is by double-clicking the zoom tool (magnifying glass at the top). Try also holding down the OPTION key as you adjust the sliders in the DETAIL panel (ALT key on PC). This will help you visualize what each slider does.
Color fringing is a lens aberration that adds green or purple edges to objects in an image. This video, Camera Raw - How to Remove Color Fringing, will demonstrate how to remove those in Camera Raw. Watch how it's done! Then practice on either of the two images below.