How to use Camera Raw 4.1

    | Photography Tutorials | 10/07/2009 14:27pm

    Your at-a-glance guide to the latest goodies in Adobe’s RAW editor

    The latest incarnation of Adobe’s RAW editor sees some exciting new features. It’s now even easier to tackle tonal problems thanks to tools such as the Fill Light slider (more about that later). The new tools may be familiar to Adobe Lightroom users, as the Raw 4. plug-in has pinched many of that package’s powerful RAW editing features.

    Its now even easier to tackle tonal problems thanks to tools such as the Fill Light slider (more about that later). The new tools may be familiar to Adobe Lightroom users, as the Raw 4. plug-in has pinched many of that packages powerful RAW editing features.

    Its now much easier to target specific tonal adjustments (such as revealing detail in underexposed midtones) without washing out your shots blackest shadows or dulling its brightest highlights, for example. Heres a guide to some of the most useful new features.

    1. Terriffic tools

    New tools, such as Red Eye Removal and Retouch enable you to do a lot more photo fixing. This saves you from moving your shot into Photoshops main editor to remove artifacts, so you can spend longer editing it as an uncompressed RAW file.

    2. Full screen

    You can now streamline your RAW editing workflow by clicking on the Full Screen Mode icon. This hides distractions, such as other open applications and desktop wallpaper, enabling you to focus on fine-tuning your RAW shots colours and tones.

    3. Clipping warnings

    In the previous RAW plug-in you had to tick a box to turn the shadow and highlight clipping warnings on or off. Now you can click an icon to display clipped shadows in blue and clipped highlights in red. Clipped pixels have no detail.

    4. Tabs Earlier

    RAW editors image-editing tabs came with bulky text labels. Raw 4.1 uses space-saving icons, enabling more tabs in its interface. Existing tabs have had a makeover too. The Adjust tab is now called Basic, with added new tools.

    5. Super sliders

    The 4.1 interface has new handy image-editing sliders. The Recovery slider claws back detail from burnt-out highlights, while the Vibrance slider boosts colour.

    6. Workflow options

    This section of older RAW editors took up a lot of on-screen space. The new streamlined text label opens up another dialog window, enabling you to increase exposure to 16-bits per channel for greater quality and colour reproduction.

    7. Tone

    Curve Curves are tricky tools to master, and you can easily lose control and end up in trouble. The Tone Curve tabs new sliders enable you to harness the power of Curve editing with a lot more ease, which means you can fine-tune effectively.

    8. Detail

    The revamped Detail tab contains some useful additions. The new Masking slider is particularly welcome, as it allows you to keep edge artifacts at bay.

    9. HSL/Greyscale

    You can now target a specific colour using the sliders in the Saturation tab and boost its saturation strength without altering other colours in the shot. You can produce effective black and white shots too with the Greyscale Mix sliders.

    10. Split toning

    This new tab of image-editing sliders has been pinched from Lightroom, and provides new ways to create amazing colour effects, such as cross-processing. You can tint shadows and highlights and fine-tune using the Balance slider.

    11. Lens corrections

    The new Lens Correction tab comes with a Defringe Tool that desaturates any remaining colour fringes that stubbornly cling to the edge of contrasting objects.

    12. Camera calibration

    The RAW editor uses colour profiles to render your colours. The sliders in the Camera Calibration tab can fine-tune the hue of your images reds, greens and blues. The Shadows slider helps remove green or magenta tints from darker areas.

    13. Presets

    Once youve tweaked a particular shot using the many image-editing tools at your disposal you can save the setting youve used as a preset. You can then use the Preset pane to load in all of the saved slider settings in one click.

    Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 2:27 pm under Photography Tutorials.

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