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Basic Photo Corrections in Adobe Photoshop CS6

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Adobe Photoshop includes a variety of tools and commands for improving the quality of a photographic image. This lesson steps you through the process of acquiring, resizing, and retouching a photo intended for a print layout. The same basic workflow applies to web images.

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Adjusting the color in Camera Raw

Adjusting the color in Camera Raw

You’ll start by removing the color cast and adjusting the color and tone in the image.

  1. Select the White Balance tool (Image) at the top of the Camera Raw dialog box.
  2. Adjusting the white balance changes all the colors in the image. To set an accurate white balance, select an area that should be white or gray.

  3. Click a white area of the graffiti. The color tone of the image changes dramatically.
  4. Click the girl’s white shoe. The color tone changes again.
  5. In some images, adjusting the white balance is enough to remove a color cast and correct the tone of the image. Here, selecting a white balance is a good start. You’ll use settings in the Basic panel to fine-tune the tone.

  6. In the Basic panel, move the Temperature slider to -53 and the Tint slider to -54.
  7. In the next section of the Basic panel, move the sliders to the following values:
    • Exposure: -.50
    • Contrast: +23
    • Blacks: 18
  8. In the bottom section of the Basic panel, move the sliders to the following values:
    • Clarity: +12
    • Vibrance: +25
    • Saturation: +5
  9. Deselect Preview at the top of the Camera Raw window to compare the edited version with the original image. Select Preview again to see how the changes affected it.
  10. You’re ready to move the image into Photoshop to continue retouching it.

  11. Click Open Image at the bottom of the Camera Raw window to open the image in Photoshop.
  12. In Photoshop, choose File > Save As, rename the file 02Working.psd, and click Save to save it in the Lesson02 folder.

Remember, when you’re making permanent corrections to an image file, it’s always wise to work on a copy rather than on the original. Then, if something goes horribly wrong, at least you’ll be able to start over on a fresh copy of the original image.

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