Working with the Toolbar Controls

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The Camera Raw toolbar, shown in Figure 8-2, consists of the basic tools needed to edit an image. Here's a rundown:

Zoom tool

White Balance tool

Show shadow clippings

Show highlight clippings

Zoom tool

White Balance tool

Show shadow clippings

Show highlight clippings

Preview image adjustments

RGB values

Color Sampler tool Figure 8-2: Tool palette and Option bar in Camera Raw.

Hand tool Straighten tool

Preview image adjustments

RGB values

Color Sampler tool Figure 8-2: Tool palette and Option bar in Camera Raw.

l Zoom tool (press Z): Use this tool to enlarge your view of the image shown in the Image Preview.

l Hand tool (press H): If you zoom in to the image, you can move the image around by dragging it with the Hand tool. (Wouldn't it be nice to have one of these in real life when somebody nabs your parking spot?)

l White Balance tool (press I): Use this tool to select a neutral gray area of the image to use in improving the white balance.

l Color Sampler tool (press S): Use this one to select pixels whose RGB values you want displayed on-screen.

l Crop tool (press C): You can use this new tool to crop images in Camera Raw instead of waiting until the image is loaded into Photoshop.

l Straighten tool (press A): Cool tool alert! This is a great addition to Camera Raw — you can use it to straighten images without the hassle of straightening in Photoshop. Now making that horizon straight is easier than ever.

l Rotate buttons (press L for left, R for right): Rotate your image clockwise or counterclockwise with one click of the left or right Rotate buttons.

l Preview check box: Preview is a fun feature to use. If you want to compare what your image looks like with and without adjustments made in Camera Raw, you can toggle the image between those views by checking and unchecking the Preview check box.

l Shadows check box: I recommend this a few times in the next chapter, but I'll say it now: Make sure this check box is checked before you adjust images in Raw. When it's checked, Camera Raw shows you the clipped shadow areas of the image (pixels that contain no detail, due to under-or overexposure in that part of the image).

l Highlights check box: As with the Shadows check box, make sure this one is checked before you tweak an image in Raw; that way you can view clippings in the highlight areas of the image.

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