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

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

    How to Edit Raw Files, 5-6: Recovering lost highlight detail


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

    The extra data in raw files makes them ideal for recovering highlight detail. There are two main controls you can use to achieve this: 

    5 Exposure slider
    This shifts the whole tonal range of the image, so dragging to the left gives more highlight detail, but it will also shift the entire tonal range down and you may lose detail in the shadows.

    It’s great 
for rescuing slightly over-exposed shots, rather than recovering highlight detail alone.

    6 Recovery slider
    The Recovery slider only affects the highlights of your image. It recovers detail that is included 
in the raw file but is beyond the range visible in the normal image.

    Again, just be careful you don’t get carried away with the Recovery slider, as you can end up making the original shot worse.

    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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