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    Common problems with travel photos and how Camera Raw can help

    | Photoshop Tutorials | Tutorials | 20/08/2013 00:01am
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    How to rescue travel photos in your Camera Raw editor: steps 7-12

    How to rescue travel photos in your Camera Raw editor: step 7

    07 Recover highlights
    To recover detail in the over-exposed background snow and clouds, drag the Recovery slider right to a value of 38. The red patches clipping warning will shrink. To see how your processing is shaping up, tick and untick the Preview box to see a before and after version of the image.

    How to rescue travel photos in your Camera Raw editor: step 8

    08 Tweak overall contrast
    The contrast of the scene is still a little flat. To make the dark foreground trees stand out against the lighter snowy mountain backdrop, push the Blacks slider up to 12. This selectively darkens the shadows. Push the Contrast slider up to +31 to darken the shadows and brighten the highlights.

    How to rescue travel photos in your Camera Raw editor: step 9

    09 Adjust midtone contrast
    Compared to the foreground’s striking shadows, our majestic mountain’s midtones lack impact due to haze and distance. To selectively increase midtone contrast and restore craggy details, drag the Clarity slider right to a value of 48. The mountain’s greyscale textures now have more impact.

    How to rescue travel photos in your Camera Raw editor: step 10

    10 Boost colour
    The tones now have more contrast but the colours are still a bit bleak. To boost weaker colours without over-saturating stronger ones, drag Vibrance right to +43. For a subtle global colour boost, push the Saturation slider up to +11. Press O to lose the remaining clipping warning patch.

    How to rescue travel photos in your Camera Raw editor: step 11

    11 Get sharp
    Now that you’ve enhanced colour and tone, it’s well worth boosting sharpness to reveal more of the scene’s delicate details and create a picture with more punch. Click on the Detail tab. Right click with the Zoom tool and choose 100% from the list of options in the drop-down menu.

    How to rescue travel photos in your Camera Raw editor: step 12

    12 Savvy sharpening
    Boost the default sharpening settings by pushing the Amount to 38 and Radius to 1.2. Hold down Alt and drag Detail up to 65. This greyscale preview enables you to see which edges are being sharpened. It also helps you stop high ISO picture noise from being exaggerated.

    PAGE 1 – How to rescue travel photos in your Camera Raw editor: steps 1-6
    PAGE 2 – How to rescue travel photos in your Camera Raw editor: steps 7-12
    PAGE 3 – Convert your travel photos to black and white in Photoshop Elements

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    Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials.

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