EDITING TECHNIQUES IN CAMERA RAW
For lesson 11 we learned about output and printing, and focused mainly on RAW image conversion and editing in Camera RAW.
I had learned to use Camera RAW just by trial and error, and usually would only use the sliders to edit my images, and never switch tools in the top toolbar. Lachlan’s demonstration has demistified these tools and I followed along eagerly, amazed at the results I got before even opening the image in Photoshop.
The first thing that we were shown was the spot healing brush. As the name suggests, this tool is mainly used in beauty retouching of portrait images.
I opened up another photo of the lovely Teya, and proceeded to effectively edit all of the character out of her image. Not something I would normally go so far with, and being an authentic kind of soul, probably not something she would entirely approve of herself, but for the sake of demonstration, here is what resulted:
The spot healing brush in Camera RAW is here on the toolbar:
By selecting this brush, resizing it by using the square bracket keys [+] so that it is just a little bit larger than the spot or blemish you want to edit out, adjusting feather etc and clicking, the software automatically samples an area of surrounding skin. If you do not like the effect, undo and try again.
As well as spot healing, we discovered a host of other capabilities I was previously unaware that Camera RAW had:
An excellent article on finding neutral grey, or how to colour correct an image that does not have any neutral grey can be found here
Another handy technique for finding neutral grey in your image in Photoshop can be found in this article here