Practical Photoshop

Practical Photoshop January 2018

Practical Photoshop is the world’s premier Photoshop magazine, a monthly guide to the best Photoshop techniques, tips and tricks. Inside each issue you’ll find an array of inspirational tutorials and accompanying video lessons that will help you master Adobe’s collection of industry standard photo-editing software. What’s more, there’s a selection of amazing images from the world’s best Photoshop creatives, free downloadable content, and a beginner’s guide to the basics. If you love photography and you want to learn more about digital imaging, then Practical Photoshop will help you to unleash your creative potential.

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part 1 why shoot raw?

In this special guide we’ll take an in-depth look at the tools, sliders and settings found in Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop’s dedicated raw image file processor. (Lightroom users will find near-identical controls in the Develop module.) But before we get to this, let’s look at the key reasons why raw is best. There are a couple of big differences between the JPEG and raw setting on your camera. JPEGs are processed in-camera, which means they’re enhanced, sharpened and boosted to give you something approaching the finished image. Raw files, on the other hand, are completely unprocessed. A raw file contains all the data your camera records each time you press the shutter. This is why, at least to start, JPEGs can often look better than their raw counterparts. JPEGs are for those…

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part 2 camera raw explained

1 THE TOOLBAR Camera Raw offers a set of simple yet powerful tools. The tools to the right of the list will open up contextsensitive menus in the place of the panels on the right. 2 PANELS Camera Raw’s photo editing settings are divided into a total of 10 panels, which give you various useful options such as tonal controls, sharpening and lens correction. By default, you will see the Basic panel when you first open Camera Raw. 3 FILMSTRIP When you open more than one photo into Camera Raw, the filmstrip will appear. You can Cmd/Ctrl-click to highlight several photos and edit them in tandem or, after editing one, use Sync Settings in the menu above. 4 SAVE OPTIONS The Save button doesn’t work in the conventional sense: edits made in Camera Raw are automatically stored.…

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the basic panel

1 Use a preset from the dropdown, or adjust the Temperature and Tint sliders to set the white balance. With raw files, you have much greater latitude for altering the white balance after the shoot. 2 Adjust brightness and contrast. The Exposure slider roughly correlates to photographic stops, although it’s more like a tone curve adjustment – it affects midtones over highlights or shadows. 3 The Shadows and Highlights sliders are useful for teasing out extra detail in your photos – especially in raws, which hold greater detail at tonal extremes. 4 Hold Alt while dragging any slider for a grayscale view – particularly useful for checking for clipped pixels with the Whites and Blacks. Drag them to a point just before clipping occurs. 5 Use Clarity to crisp up details, but don’t push…

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the tone curve panel

1 Parametric gives you a set of sliders that alter the curve line. Point lets you alter the line yourself by adding anchor points along it. 2 Drag the line upwards to lighten the image, downwards to darken. Wherever the curve line goes above the diagonal, tones will be lighter than before. Wherever the line goes below, they’re darker. 3 Use anchor points to control the curve line. Where you place points is important, especially in terms of the horizontal axis. Points placed near the left will affect shadows; points on the right affect highlights. 4 The histogram displays all the pixels in terms of brightness, with dark pixels on the left, light pixels on the right. Higher peaks on the graph mean more pixels of a certain tonal value. 5 Select Red, Green…

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the detail panel

1 Amount controls the strength of sharpening, which increases the contrast along edges. Where light pixels meet darker pixels, one side will be lightened, the other darkened. 2 Radius determines the distance from edges at which the sharpening effect occurs. 3 Detail sets the threshold for what is seen as an edge. At 0, only the really noticeable edges are sharpened, while at 100 even the tiniest details are. 4 The Masking slider lets you prevent smooth areas that don’t need sharpening from being sharpened. Alt-drag the slider and the omitted areas will show in black as you drag. 5 Use the Luminance slider to tone down grainy noise in the image, but beware of pushing it too far. 6 A high Detail value will preserve more detail but may lead to pockmarking, while a…

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1 These three tabs let you alter the eight color ranges shown in different ways. Hue lets you change the shade; Saturation lets you boost or reduce individual color ranges; and Luminance changes their brightness. 2 This is a great tool for black-andwhite conversions. Check the box to remove color, then start dragging the color sliders to control the brightness of the eight color ranges shown. 3 Click Default to reset any unwanted changes. When you choose the Convert To Grayscale option you’ll see an Auto option for a quick, punchy black-and-white image. 4 Drag the sliders to alter the colors. Alternatively, grab the Targeted Adjustment tool from the Toolbar, then drag up or down over colors in the image to alter the sliders – sometimes altering two or more at a time…