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

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

    How to Edit Raw Files, 7-8: Recovering lost shadow detail


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

    There are a couple of ways to recover lost shadow detail in your raw shots, using the Exposure or Fill Light sliders…

    7 Exposure slider
    This control is perfect for recovering shadow detail in images that are under-exposed, as using it affects the whole tonal range of the image.

    Dragging the slider to the right will reveal more shadow detail, but there’s the potential that the highlights will become blown-out, or clipped.

    8 Fill Light
    The Fill Light control boosts the detail in the shadows without affecting the rest of the tonal range.

    Don’t boost them too much, however, as this can make the image look over-processed and also create unsightly haloes around high-contrast areas. Remember, work incrementally.

    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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