Raw Tuesday: what to edit (and when) in Adobe Camera Raw

    | Photoshop Tutorials | Tutorials | 14/08/2012 02:00am

    In our latest Raw Tuesday post on using the raw format, we’ve told what you need to know before shooting raw files, the honest truth on what shooting raw can actually do for your images and last week we showed you how to convert raw files.

    This week on Raw Tuesday we’ll explore what edits to make (and when) in Adobe Camera Raw.

    What to edit (and when) in Adobe Camera Raw: essential advice for how to process raw files to get the best results

    OK, so you’ve opened your raw files in Adobe Camera Raw. In which order should you do what?

    Because Adobe Camera Raw offers so many ways of editing raw files, you may assume it doesn’t matter which you use and when.

    However, some adjustments, such as white balance, will obviously have an impact on the effect of others, such as exposure.

    For this reason, it’s best to try and make your raw adjustments in this order:

    1. Adjust white balance
    2. Correct exposure, including contrast and saturation
    3. Sharpen the image, including noise reduction

    Now that you know the best order for editing raw files, we’ll take you through each step and explain what you’re actually doing, as well as tips on best practice.

    PAGE 1: The best order for editing raw files
    PAGE 2: Adjust white balance
    PAGE 3: Correct exposure
    PAGE 4: Recover lost highlight detail
    PAGE 5: Recover lost shadow detail
    PAGE 6: Sharpen the image


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    Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 2:00 am under Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials.

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