Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is the first stop in your raw workflow when you bring a raw image into Photoshop. Did you know that this little application has the exact same raw image editing features as its much bigger brother - Lightroom? If you are not already doing it, you should start using this power. One example where ACR can really serve you well is input sharpening and noise reduction. In this video, I'll show you how to use ACR's noise reduction and sharpening capabilities to prepare an image before you bring it into Photoshop for more complex processing work.
If you're editing a raw image file in Photoshop, your first stop in most cases is Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), Adobe's raw development software for Photoshop. In a typical workflow, you will apply some basic adjustments to your raw image in ACR before you send it from ACR to Photoshop to create more complex, layered adjustments. Both ends are pretty well understood and documented in thousands of online tutorials. But what is the best way to transfer the image from ACR to Photoshop? It turns out that there are a few things you have to consider in this process. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to set up ACR such that you can bring your images into Photoshop at the highest possible quality and to allow for a fully non-destructive workflow that also enables you to go back to ACR and change your settings there at any time.
In this excerpt of a CreativeLive class, Jack Davis shows you that the lighting that you captured in your images is not carved in stone. He shows you an interesting HDR workflow where he blends three exposures from an interior scene. Instead of simply merging them and letting the tone mapping decide what the final look will be, he takes control by blending them manually. By doing so, you can create light where you want it and give a scene a whole new mood.
Many photographers use either Photoshop or they use Lightroom. But since Adobe offeres their photography plan that gives you Photoshop and Lightroom together for an attractive monthly fee, the number of photographers who own both programs is growing. In the featured video tutorial below, Colin Smith from Photoshop CAFE shows you how the two programs integrate beautifully with each other and how they complement each other.
Glyn Dewis is a photographer, retoucher and trainer from the UK who is well-known to go beyond just taking a photo and doing to usual retouching on it. Follow his tutorials to learn how to do more than that with your photos. In the video below, he shows you how to take a day-time photo and turn it into a night-time image - something that you probably never even thought about doing. But with some amazingly simple tricks, you can take a mundane photo and turn it into something really interesting.
In this Hands-on Photo Tip, I will show you a really cool way to create a realistic-looking HDR image with a completely non-destructive workflow. We're going to use a feature in Photoshop CS6 that allows you to merge your source photos and bring the resulting 32 bit HDR image into Adobe Camera Raw (or Lightroom) to tone map it.
This is the before-and-after comparison of "Into the Open (HDR)". At the top, you see the twelve original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based on a 12-shot exposure series with shutter speeds between 30s and 1/60s.
It's always good to try something new, right? Well, with this image, I did just that. Most of my previous HDR images where created using the Details Enhancer method in Photomatix. This time, I tried a new workflow that makes use of some new features in Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Camera Raw. I actually bypassed Photomatix completely with this image and did the tone mapping with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).
In this Hands-on Photo Tip, I will show you how to develop two separate versions of a single RAW image file and blend them together in Photoshop. One version is optimized for the highlights and the other one is optimized for the shadows. In this way, you can work on the different regions of your image separately which gives you much more flexibility for optimizing the overall photo.