In the latest post of our Raw Tuesday series on editing raw format images we show you how to make selective adjustments to your raw format files with three key selective adjustment tools in Adobe Camera Raw.
Since the days of dodging and burning in the darkroom, making selective adjustments to different areas of your image has always been an essential skill for photographers.
Before Photoshop CS4, adjustments made in Adobe Camera Raw were limited in that you could only apply them to the entire image. But with the introduction of the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush, Adobe Camera Raw suddenly became a whole lot more useful.
In Adobe Camera Raw version 7 (which comes as standard with Photoshop CS6) the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter tools have been improved with extra options to adjust white balance, making it easy to selectively correct white balance and warm or cool an image.
The tools have been used here to cool down the sky and add warmth to the land, and to tease out details in the foreground. We’ve also used the Targeted Adjustment tool to boost the saturation of the orange colours in the sky.
On the next few pages we’ll show how to use each of the Graduated Filter, Adjustment Brush and Targeted Adjustment tools, as well as how to use them to get a more accurate white balance.