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There have been a few questions along the lines of:
(1) Where do I start?
(2) How do I start using the software that I have?
Part 1 – Where to start
The starting point is with getting your photos from your camera to your computer. You know by now that these should be saved in both Camera Raw and jpg format. Not sure how to do this with your camera? Then get out the manual and set your camera to saving photos in both formats.
Why would you want to do this? We have mentioned that the main advantage is that Camera Raw contains every detail of your photo. The jpg format throws out a lot of information that could help you to recover detail in the highlights and shadows of your photo.
Read more about it here:
(1) 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Shooting RAW (http://photographyconcentrate.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-be-shooting-raw/)
And here as well!
(2) 12 Answers To Your Burning Questions About Shooting Raw (http://photographyconcentrate.com/12-answers-to-your-burning-questions-about-shooting-raw/)
There. That is sorted. You have read the two websites and now understand the reasons for shooting and saving your snapshots in RAW. Whoops! Did you read your manual yet? No? Well, naughty. Go find it, take out your camera, and set it to Save RAW and jpg formats. I probably dislike reading an instruction manual even more than you do. But it is a necessary evil some times. Now go RTM.
Now that you have your file saved in RAW and jpg format, you can begin to edit your images in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). This is a good starting point for easy editing of your snapshots. It also gives you a background to understand and to better use the tools in PS/PE for enhancing your photos. So let’s make a start.
Part 2 – How to open the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) Module
Lightroom has a Develop module that is the same as the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in that comes with PS and PE. There is a different way to get to this point (your image open in ACR) depending on the program that you are using.
(A) Using Lightroom (the starting point for every photographer!)
(1) Use Finder to locate the Image that you want to open.
(2) Open Lightroom.
(3) Navigate to the folder that contains your image.
(4) Click on that folder.
(5) Click on the Import button as shown below:
(B) Using Photoshop Elements (PE)
(1) Open PE in the Organiser module.
(2) Select the image that you wish to edit.
(3) In the Editor module, click on File/Open in Camera Raw. This will work for a jpg as well as a Raw format.
(C) Using Photoshop (PS)
(1) Open PS.
(2) Click on File/Open As.
(3) In the drop down menu, click on Photoshop Raw format.
(4) Click on the file that you want to open in ACR.
(5) You file opens up magically in ACR and awaits for your editing pleasure.
You can get more information here:
Well, that sort of takes care of how to get your image into ACR whether you are using PS/PE/LR. The next step is to have a look at what you can do in ACR to edit your photos
Part 3 – Using ACR to edit you image.
At this point, it does not matter which program that you might be using. We are at a good starting point to edit any photos.
There is a however!
However, this is where it gets to be hard yakker. You can choose how much or how little that you want to do with ACR. Here are a couple of sites to get you started:
(1) http://www.colourphil.co.uk/CS6-ACR7-raw-edits.shtml – This site gives you a brief introduction. Enough to get you started.
(2) http://www.photoshopactions.com/blogs/blog/43885573-adobe-camera-raw-101-a-basic-overview-and-why-you-should-make-it-part-of-your-workflow – Good one for beginners. Short and to the point.
(3) http://theagnosticprint.net/preparing-digital-files-for-printmaking/ – More than you might possibly want to know but very satisfying when you get to the end.
if you want to try a whole course that is online for free, than have a look at these two:
(4) http://nmsmithphotoshop1.weebly.com/lesson-1.html – Well structured.
(5) http://www.danscourses.com/Photoshop/ – This guy has everything! Worth a look.
Conclusion for the May Photoshop SIG Notes
These were started and prepared to meet the requests that have come up recently. I hope that the notes give you a starting point for easy editing and enhancement of your images. And remember that “Less is more.” Refrain from moving the Saturation slider all the way to 100%.
One on One is still available
If you want to join in the fun, email me (email@example.com) to arrange a time between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Photoshop Challenge for June
Please send me Before and After photos of a snapshot the you have edited in ACR.