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Adobe Photoshop CS5 : The Essentials of Camera Raw - Photoshop Killer Tips

12/30/2012 4:05:57 PM

Skipping the Camera Raw Window Altogether

If you’ve already applied a set of tweaks to a RAW photo, you probably don’t need the Camera Raw editing window opening every time you open the file. So, just press-and-hold the Shift key when you double-click on the RAW file in Mini Bridge, and the image will open in Photoshop, with the last set of edits already applied, skipping the Camera Raw window altogether. If you didn’t apply any tweaks in Camera Raw, it just opens with the Camera Raw defaults applied. Either way, it’s a big time saver.

Rate Your Images in Camera Raw

You don’t have to be in Mini Bridge to add or change star ratings. If you’ve got multiple images open, you can do it right in Camera Raw. Just press Command-1, -2, -3 (PC: Ctrl-1, -2, -3), and so on, to add star ratings (up to five stars). You can also just click directly on the five little dots that appear below the thumbnails in the filmstrip on the left.

Seeing a True Before/After

The weird thing about the way Camera Raw handles previews is it does them on a panel-by-panel basis, so if you make a bunch of changes in the Basic panel, then switch to the Detail panel, and makes changes there, when you turn off the Preview checkbox (on the top right of the Preview area), it doesn’t give you a real before/after. It just gives you a before/after of the panel you’re in right now, which doesn’t give you a true before/after of your image editing. To get a real before/after of all your edits in Camera Raw, click on the Presets icon (the second icon from the right at the top of the Panel area) or the Snapshots icon (the far right icon), and now when you toggle on/off the Preview checkbox, it shows you the real before/after.

Don’t Get Fooled by the Default Button

If you’ve edited your image in Camera Raw, and then you decide you want to start over, clicking the Default button in the Basic panel (it’s to the left of the Auto button) won’t return your image to how it looked when you opened it. Instead, to get back to the original way your image looked when you first opened it in Camera Raw, go to the Camera Raw flyout menu and choose Camera Raw Defaults. You can also press-and-hold the Option (PC: Alt) key, and the Cancel button will change to a Reset button.

Cool Raw Retouching Trick

There’s a pretty common retouching technique in Photoshop for reducing hot spots (shiny areas on a subject’s face), which uses the Healing Brush to completely remove the hot spot, then under the Edit menu, choosing Fade Healing Brush, and lowering the Opacity there. A little hint of the hot spot comes back, so it looks more like a highlight than a shine (it actually works really well). You can do something similar in Camera Raw when using the Spot Removal tool (set to Heal) by removing the hot spot (or freckle, or wrinkle) and then using the Opacity slider in the Spot Removal options panel.

Deleting Multiple Images While Editing in Camera Raw

If you have more than one image open in Camera Raw, you can mark any of them you want to be deleted by selecting them (in the filmstrip on the left side of Camera Raw), then pressing the Delete key on your keyboard. A red “X” will appear on those images. When you’re done in Camera Raw, click on the Done button, and those images marked to be deleted will be moved to the Trash (PC: Recycle Bin) automatically. To remove the mark for deletion, just select them and press the Delete key again.

Get a Larger Preview Area

If you have multiple images open in Camera Raw, and need more room to see the preview of the image you’re currently working on, just double-click right on that little divider that separates the filmstrip from the Preview area, and the filmstrip tucks in over to the left, out of the way, giving you a larger preview. To bring it back, just double-click on that divider again (it’s now over on the far left side of the Camera Raw window) and it pops back out.

Constrained Cropping Is Here

In CS5, they added the ability to crop while keeping the same aspect ratio as the original image. Click-and-hold on the Crop tool in Camera Raw’s toolbar, and from the pop-up menu that appears, choose Constrain to Image.

Rule-of-Thirds Cropping Is Here

This one Adobe borrowed from Camera Raw’s sister program Photoshop Lightroom, because now (like in Lightroom), you can have the “Rule-of-Thirds” grid appear over your cropping border anytime by just clicking-and-holding on the Crop tool in the toolbar, then choosing Show Overlay.

Jump to Full Screen Mode in Camera Raw

If you want to see your image in Camera Raw as large as possible, just press the F key, and Camera Raw expands to Full Screen mode, with the window filling your monitor, giving you a larger look at your image.

Shortcut for Viewing Sharpening

The best zoom magnification to view your sharpening in Camera Raw is a 100% view, and the quickest way to get there is to just double-click the Zoom tool.

Help with Fixing Chromatic Aberrations

If you have an image where you have more than one chromatic aberration (which is quite common), this might make things easier: when you’re fixing the first color, press-and-hold the Option (PC: Alt) key before you start dragging the slider. This isolates that color slider, and lets you focus on fixing just that one color for now.

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