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    Photoshop Smart Objects: intelligent blending using one raw file

    | Photoshop Tutorials | Tutorials | 06/11/2012 19:00pm
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    In our latest Raw Tuesday post on using the raw format, discover how to work these sliders in a different way to produce pleasing black and white photo effects. Raw format files processed through Adobe Camera Raw can be opened as Photoshop Smart Objects. This means that you have the option to bring the image from Photoshop back into Camera Raw at any time, simply by double-clicking the Smart Object thumbnail in the Layers Panel.

    Photoshop Smart Objects: blending using one raw file

    There are several advantages to working this way. First and foremost, it means you can change your mind about any edits made in Camera Raw, such as a crop or sharpening settings. But it also opens up more creative possibilities.

    By duplicating a Photoshop Smart Object layer, you can combine different treatments made in Camera Raw using Blend Modes. Don’t worry if this sounds complicated, in practice it’s very easy.

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    How to blend raw files using Photoshop Smart Objects: Step 1

    01 Open start image
    Open your start image into Camera Raw then set Temperature to 5000, Tint -7, Vibrance +50.

     

    How to blend raw files using Photoshop Smart Objects: Step 2

    02 Remove chromatic aberration
    Go to the Lens Correction option in the menu and then check ‘Remove Chromatic Aberration’.

     

    How to blend raw files using Photoshop Smart Objects: Step 3

    03 Graduated filter
    Click on Graduated Filter tool. Hold Shift then drag a line from sky to land. Set Exposure to -1.35. Hold Shift and click ‘Open Object’.

     

    How to blend raw files using Photoshop Smart Objects: Step 4

    04 New Smart Object
    In the Layers Panel, right-click the layer and choose New Smart Object via copy. Double-click copy’s thumbnail to go back to Camera Raw.

     

    How to blend raw files using Photoshop Smart Objects: Step 5

    05 Tonal tweaks
    Set Exposure -0.40, Contrast +60, Highlights -100, Shadows +80, Whites -50, Blacks +50, Clarity +100, Saturation -100.

     

    How to blend raw files using Photoshop Smart Objects: Step 6

    06 Make tone curve panel adjustment
    Go to the Tone Curve Panel. Under Parametric, set Highlights +10, Lights +25, Darks -25. Click OK.

     

    How to blend raw files using Photoshop Smart Objects: Step 7

    07 Luminosity blend mode
    In the Layers Panel, click on the Blend Mode drop-down and then choose Luminosity.

     

    How to blend raw files using Photoshop Smart Objects: Step 8

    08 Removing edge halos
    To fix unwanted halos, press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to merge a copy of the layers, then grab the Burn tool. Set Range: Highlights, Exposure 10%, and brush carefully over the edge halos.

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    Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 at 7:00 pm under Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials.

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