Sizing Images

Sooner or later, as you work with your photos, you have to resize them. I always save this step until after I've made my overall color corrections and image edits. Depending on the type of output you have planned for your photos, you have to determine two factors Image size The image size includes the dimensions you specify for width and height. Do you want an 8x10, a 5x7, or a 4x6 photo If your photo's destined for the Web, you want something smaller. 4x6 may be the biggest size you'll want to...

Applying color labels

In previous versions of Photoshop, you could flag an image (toggle a special indicator on or off) to determine which images were keepers. Bridge now offers more advanced ways to organize and search images by applying color labels which helps you develop a system of organizing images to reflect your priorities and choices with more options. Figure 6-7 shows where to apply color labels to images in Bridge. For the example shown, I applied color labels to the images in the Bridge Content area (not...

Managing images with Bridge

Bridge serves as your virtual light table, but also allows you to do much more with your images than view thumbnails. Bridge gives you the tools to get control of image management before you wind up with a mess on your hard drive. Integrating Bridge to view and retrieve photos (as shown in Figure 4-5) makes them a lot easier to keep tidy especially down the road when you have accumulated thousands of images on your computer. As a software program, Bridge doesn't just sit there showing you row...

6. Fine-tune the tonality and contrast, using the Curve tab.

The Curve tab (shown in Figure 4-9) lets you fine-tune an image's color characteristics (tonality). Unlike the Curves adjustment in Photoshop, the Camera Raw Curves adjustment works on top of the adjustments made in the Adjust tab it works like an adjustment's own fine-tuning. I find that making careful changes in the Adjust tab reduces any need to make changes in the Curve tab. Though most of your tonal adjustments should be made using the Adjust tab, try using the Curve tab's Tone Curve...

Applying Photoshop color settings

In this section, I explain how to specify each setting in the Photoshop Color Settings window. This is one of the most overlooked steps in color management and it makes a huge difference when used properly. Additionally, I explain when and how to assign a color profile to an image. If most of your work involves preparing images for the Web, for printing, or for publishing, each of those tasks will need a different monitor setting. The first step after calibrating your monitor (which I show you...

Overall Adjustments as a Workflow

As with any other process explained in this book, this chapter explains the overall adjustment of an image's color and tones in Photoshop step by step -a workflow approach. Although that process is similar for both Photoshop and Camera Raw, making adjustments in Photoshop is more of a strictly linear process. In particular, watch for these differences when you adjust color and tone in Photoshop ii Make color settings and proof before you make color and tonal corrections Yep, here it comes again...

Introducing Bridge

Bridge is a standalone application that can be started in Windows or on the Mac independently of Photoshop. If you're running other software in the Adobe Creative Suite such as Illustrator or GoLive, you can use Bridge to manage files for all of them, including Photoshop so it serves (aha ) as a bridge between them. You can use Bridge to perform quite a range of tasks as you organize your photos including these i Browse your computer for images First and foremost, Bridge is a great...

Part I: Getting Your Feet

Okay, not all of us plunge right into digital photography (underwater or otherwise). So Part I offers an overview for the Photoshop and Camera Raw concepts covered in the rest of the book. It's a quick-start for shooting in raw format and getting your images into your computer. Chapter 1 briefly introduces shooting raw, using Bridge, and then using Camera Raw and Photoshop to process your images. Chapter 2 goes into more detail about the benefits of raw format, and takes a look at Adobe's new...

Ten Great Photoshop Filters

lost of the chapters in this book explain technical stuff you know, W w workflows, file management, raw conversion, overall corrections, editing, and printing. Really, it's fun stuff if you're a photographer we need to do all those things Once in a while, however, we need to have some fun with our photos. I'm not talking about cheesy hacks like moving body parts around images of politicians downloaded from the Internet (though those can be a hoot), I'm talking about applying some cool effects...

Sharpening things up

The Sharpness control lets you apply sharpening to the preview image, the converted image, or both. My recommendation is to apply sharpening only to the preview, just to check for the sharpness of the image. Actual sharpening should be applied to the actual image only after adjustments, edits, and sizing is made to the image in Photoshop. (flNG The quality you get when you sharpen an image depends on its final size. If you sharpen an image before you resize it, you could do more damage than...

Changing Workspaces and views

Photographers can be picky I guess it's the nature of an artist who demands perfection down to the slightest detail. Bridge workspaces and views offer enough options to reasonably satisfy the most discerning taste. Okay, maybe most digital photographers don't really get that finicky about Bridge workspaces, but having options sure is nice Metadata Keywords Assigned Keywords Llangolen Metadata Keywords Assigned Keywords Llangolen This list highlights some of the ways you can change the way...

Cloning around with the Clone Stamp tool

The Clone Stamp tool is the equivalent of a rubber stamp you know press a stamp on an ink pad and then on paper , only it's digital You sample part of an image color, texture, whatever and apply that sample elsewhere in the image. All Brush tips work with the Clone Stamp tool, so it's a great retouching alternative. One of its special versions, the Pattern Stamp tool, re-creates patterns from the cloned selection and applies to another part of the image. Figure 11-9 shows the Clone Stamp tool's...

Introducing the Digital Negative (DNG)

Up to this point in the digital-photography era, raw file formats haven't been uniform. Each digital camera manufacturer that offers raw in its digital cameras maintains a proprietary format. Imagine what it would have been like if all camera makers designed their cameras only to work with their own proprietary film. Or how about driving cars that only run on one brand of fuel You get the idea. Unfortunately, due to a lack of industry standards, camera manufacturers are forced to offer their...

3. Turn on Gamut Warning.

Pressing Shift Ctrl Y Shift Y on a Mac turns on Gamut Warning, allowing you to preview areas of your image that are considered out of gamut for the device selected in the Customize Proof Condition window. Areas out of gamut will be highlighted in gray, as shown in the photo in Figure 10-5. Figure 10-5 Gamut Warning shows the out-of-gamut areas in an image. Figure 10-5 Gamut Warning shows the out-of-gamut areas in an image. When areas of your image are out of gamut, it means they're beyond the...

Understanding interpolation

Interpolation is the process of increasing the resolution of an image or a section of an image when cropping to increase the number of pixels per inch. A 6-megapixel digital camera should be able to produce 8x10 prints without a problem, even if you have to do some cropping. If you print large prints say, 11x14, or 13x19 your digital camera can produce more resolution without interpolation, and that's a better result. Larger prints require a larger amount of image information, however for...

Editing with the Healing Brush

Some of the coolest editing tools that Photoshop offers are the Healing Brush tools. The flyout menu shown in Figure 11-8 includes four Healing Brush tools that enable you to correct minor details. Imagine eliminating pimples, hair, and dust from all the places you don't want them. Digitally, at least. Spot Healing Brush Tool Healing Brush TooE y-f Patch Tool 'i fted1 Eye Tool i Spot Healing Brush tool New in CS2, this tool is easier to use than the Healing Brush tool. Just select the Spot...

Correcting indecent exposure

Well, sometimes that happens when you shoot raw, right I think the Exposure control in Camera Raw is worth the price of Photoshop itself Okay, serious photographers always strive to achieve the best exposures possible for their images, but difficult lighting conditions can sometimes throw a digital camera's exposure off by a few f-stops. Figure 9-9 shows an example of difficult lighting conditions backlighting. I was taking a photo of this troublemaker he always gets into the bird feeders in...

Adjusting levels

In my overall-adjustment workflow, the first actual fix I make is adjusting levels making exact corrections to the tonal values of an image by fine-tuning the colors in the highlights, midtones, and shadows. To adjust colors and tone using the Levels command, follow these steps 1. Create a duplicate of the Background layer by choosing LayersODuplicate, typing a new name into the As field for example, Duplicate , and clicking OK. The Duplicate Layer field appears for the purpose, as shown in...

Images

Standardizing your image management Loading and organizing images Rediscovering and improving older images Backing up and archiving images Processing raw images efficiently Correcting images in Photoshop with minimum data loss Editing your images as a workflow made up of best practices 71 Tatural-born talent has always been an asset to the best W artists, including photographers. Now that photography has transitioned to the technical realm of computers and software, however, talent alone won't...

Making selections with the Magic Wand tool

One of the most valuable editing tools in the Toolbox is the Magic Wand. You can use it to make selections one of the most widely used processes in editing images for example, to select similarly colored areas in your photo. You can specify the color range and tolerance for a selected area by using the Option bar to set them. Selections are used to select contiguous and discontiguous areas of an image so you can make edits specifically to that area selected. For instance, if you want to select...

Sharpen or blur with the Blur tool

The Blur tool can be a quick way to edit a too-sharp edge by blurring a portion of your photo, in much the same way you'd use the Sharpen tool to add crispness. If you are editing a portrait and want to get a blurred effect, you can make an overall adjustment to the photo using the Gaussian Blur filter but then use the Sharpen tool selectively to sharpen hair and eyes. Figure 11-11 shows the Blur tool's flyout menu. Figure 11-11 The Blur, Sharpen, and Smudge tools. Figure 11-11 The Blur,...

Using tool presets

One timesaving feature of Photoshop is that you can set up tools the way you like them. You work with these every day, so it's nice to have some of Figure 11-23 Right-click in the image to view the Zoom tool's options. them set up with your own customized settings and shortcuts. When you save settings for commonly used tools in Photoshop, you create tool presets. I prepare a lot of photos for print and for the Web. One set of presets I use on a regular basis is my crop settings for both my Web...

Dodging and burning to make your images pop

Going back to the old days of printing in a darkroom, one of the only tricks I had up my sleeve to edit prints was to dodge and burn. Dodging was the process of blocking light from certain portions of the photographic paper as it was being exposed, reducing light to that part of the image. The result was a lightening of the area. Burning was a technique used to add light to certain areas of the image that I wanted to be darker than the rest of the image. If I wanted part of the background...

Calibrating with a colorimeter

The best solution for calibrating your monitor is specialized software used in conjunction with a colorimeter that reads the actual color values produced by your monitor. Today's top monitor-calibration systems include the ColorVision Spyder2, the ColorVision Color Plus, Monaco Systems MonacoOPTIX, and Gretag Macbeth Eye-One Display. Prices for these products vary, but if you are on a budget, consider the ColorVision Color Plus. This software-and-colorimeter system offers good value for the...

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Figure 3-7 shows the Working RGB set to Adobe RGB 1998 . Use the Don t Color Manage This Document selection only if you might want to submit your images to a third party, and you don t know how your images will be color managed. Figure 3-7 Assigning a color profile to a photograph. Figure 3-7 Assigning a color profile to a photograph. 3. Select another profile from the drop-down list provided by the third option see Figure 3-8 if you desire. This choice is rare for most photographers, but you...