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In the upper-left corner of the Camera Raw window are several new tools at your command (as shown in Figure 7-2). In addition to the standard Zoom, Hand, and White Balance tools, Photoshop CS2 adds tools for cropping and straightening your images right in Camera Raw, giving you the capability of adding color samplers to track the adjustments as you're making them. You also find rotate buttons with the tools, which work in 90-degree increments.

Drag the Crop tool to create a bounding box, which you can then adjust by dragging its anchor points. Position the tool just outside the bounding box and drag to rotate. The image is cropped when you click the Open button. If you drag the Straighten tool along a line in the image that should be horizontal or vertical, a crop bounding box is created with that alignment. If you don't need to rotate the image, use the Crop tool. If you do want to rotate your image, use either. (You will find that the Straighten tool is a great way to find the correct angle of rotation.)

When you add color samplers (a maximum of four) to the image preview area (click with the Color Sampler tool), their values are displayed below the tools. When you haven't added color samplers, that area is collapsed, leaving more room for the preview area. Color Samplers in Camera Raw function the same as they do in Photoshop (see Chapter 6).

Figure 7-2: You find Camera Raw's tools in the upper-left corner of the window.

Color samplers are great for making sure that you don't blow out your highlights (make them pure white) or clog your shadows (turn them pure black). Click with the Color Sampler tool to add a color sampler to both a highlight area and a shadow area, and then place your remaining two color samplers in strategic areas. (I like to place a

Figure 7-2: You find Camera Raw's tools in the upper-left corner of the window.

color sampler in an area of the image that should be neutral, preferably mid-gray, and a color sampler in the most critical area of the image's subject.) Remember that you can drag a color sampler (with the Color Sampler tool) to move it and drag it out of the preview area to delete it. You can delete all color samplers with the Clear Samplers button.

To the right of the tools and rotate buttons are three preview check boxes. Check/uncheck the Preview box to gauge your progress as you make changes to the image's adjustments. Mark the Shadows and the Highlights check boxes to see gamut warnings, which are overlays that indicate when areas of your image are being forced to pure black or white. Those areas lose all detail, which you generally want to avoid. (I will readily admit that I often intentionally clog shadows and blow out highlights to produce special effects and to focus attention on the subject of my photos.)

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