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Photoshop CC 2015, Camera Raw #3

Focal Point Lighting.

Adjusting the exposure is a fundamental part of any Photographers arsenal, producing the same effect across the whole of the image. If you wanted to create a "spotlight" or "focal point" lighting effect but didn't have the equipment to do it, or you captured a well lit image & simply wanted to enhance the effect Graduated Filters and the Adjustment Brush make for useful tools to grab hold of the light reigns and really customize your images. In the cover image for this article i used a combination of all three methods.

In the tutorial i wanted to show the effect at extreme levels to emphasize what is possible within Camera Raw, by using graduated filters instead of a gradient layer for example, you are cutting out the more intricate style of image editing for a sleeker simpler image editing tool. I find throughout the Facebook groups that Career Photographers prefer to use Camera Raw whilst dealing with consumer events where only a slight enhancement is required, whereas the more graphic design minded might choose Photoshop. I would say that if you are a Photographer then use Camera Raw, it is simple and designed for your camera. Check out two more Camera Raw Photoshop Tutorials below on the basics & how to create stunning Photo shoot images too.

Episode #1 Camera Raw Basic Adjustments

Learn the ropes of camera raw, improve clarity and make your images really pop.

Photoshop Camera Raw – Episode #2

Photo shoot texture smoothing & Sharpening, plus easy Vignette customization.

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Top 5 Photoshop Q & A

We collaborated with Pixelobby.com to bring you this video blog So i decided to go on camera to share some Photoshop tips and tricks, where to find some cool additions to Photoshop and all round general Adobeness. Here i present to you my top 5, Photoshop Questions and answers, let me know if you want […]

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Cinematic, Gritty Movie Effect In Photoshop

Creating a Cinematic Movie Effect In Photoshop: If you want dramatic images with a theater like feel, you might be wondering how to create a gritty, authentic looking images. Photoshop is the leading software for the theatres, now it’s our Turn to transform an every day image into a movie cover easily by watching the […]

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Single Color Splash Effect

Enhanced Black & White, with a splash of color To create emphasis on a certain area, Photoshop has some magical tools to transform ordinary looking images into pieces of art. I’m not saying i’m an artist by any means but you can truly appreciate an image when you know the work that has gone into […]

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Watermarking Images, Record Easy Photoshop Actions.

Bulk upload your watermark Using your logo or brand as a brush preset is great if you are working on a few images but what if you needed to watermark 100 images quickly? Maybe for a client preview or you need to send images out to clients and want to make sure your art is […]

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Tattoo Design Photoshop Tutorial

Design Your Own Custom Sleeve In Just a Few Minutes. Personally i do not have any tattoos but i have friends who are crazy for them, they seem to have an insatiable need for the needle. Some people literally walk into a tattoo parlor, choose a design right off the wall and walk out sporting […]

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Change The Color Of Anything In Photoshop

Ever wanted to change the color of your car? maybe even the wallpaper? In this easy to use guide i show you step by step how to select out and change the color of anything in Adobe Photoshop. Follow along with the step by step guide or watch the video to follow along with me […]

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How Can Frequency Separation Help Us Achieve Smoother Skin?

Retouching Skin In Photoshop One of the most used “features” of Adobe Photoshop is skin retouching or skin smoothing, the tricky part is maintaining high quality texture. Think about it, if i were to add a layer on top of my photograph then paint over the top with a brush, ii would achieve color but […]

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Soft Color Lighting In Photoshop

Enhanced Photoshoot Editing Using Blend Modes. Soft Light, probably the best blend mode available in Adobe Photoshop. I speak to a lot of Photographers online and when asked about their opinion of soft light, around 75% had used it before. There were a few who religiously stick by soft light & use it on almost […]

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Photoshop CC 2015, Camera Raw #2

Photoshoot Correction, Smoothing & Vignettes.

Picture the scene, you have just finished what you deem to be a successful photoshoot, the client seems happy and you feel that you have taken a sufficient number of diverse interesting pictures. Upon review you feel that maybe the colors don't pop enough, maybe the lights could have been a little different or the model just does't suit a particular pose. This is why Camera Raw in Photoshop is a gift from the gods, nowadays most high end cameras will be able to perform a lot of the effects possible in Camera Raw, within the actual camera. (Chances are these type of cameras will also shoot in RAW too which is even better.) Nonetheless if you shoot in JPEG or don't get the perfect shot in camera you can really change the feel of an image in just a few clicks within Camera Raw.

In the tutorial i really wanted to emphasize the effect, obviously this is aimed more towards people who are creating dramatic marketing or promotional images. Take a look at the three final edits below to show how camera raw can help create a softer look too, using a lesser noise reduction to smooth the textures nicely. It really goes to show that even with a camera that doesn't break the bank, you can create professional images. The only other recommendation i would make is shooting with as plain a background as possible as camera raw will heavily affect the background if you are really changing the dynamics of your images.
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Episode #1 Camera Raw Basic Adjustments

Learn the ropes of camera raw, improve clarity and make your images really pop.

Take a Sneaky Look at Episode #3

Create custom lighting with Graduative Filters & the Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw.

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How To Create a Professional Watermark

Why Are Watermarks so Important? Visually watermarks need to be as less intrusive as possible, the idea here is to protect yourself and your images whilst promoting your brand but without ruining the beauty of the image. Follow along with me in the video below and i will show you how to create a custom […]

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Watermarking Images, Record Easy Photoshop Actions.

Bulk upload your watermark Using your logo or brand as a brush preset is great if you are working on a few images but what if you needed to watermark 100 images quickly? Maybe for a client preview or you need to send images out to clients and want to make sure your art is […]

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The Top 5 Free Photoshop Plugins

Explore & Download Completely FREE Photoshop Plugins Photoshop in all of its glory is difficult even in the eyes of masters, implying we’ve got to seek out new & inventive ways around fickle issues. Guaranteed time eater with no guaranteed results. Here’s some unbelievable free Photoshop plugins to increase productivity and decrease stress levels. ( […]

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Tattoo Design Photoshop Tutorial

Design Your Own Custom Sleeve In Just a Few Minutes. Personally i do not have any tattoos but i have friends who are crazy for them, they seem to have an insatiable need for the needle. Some people literally walk into a tattoo parlor, choose a design right off the wall and walk out sporting […]

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How to Photoshop a Reflection Into Sunglasses

Make it look like you have the Toronto skyline or New York High Street reflecting in your sunglasses or add a custom reflection to anything in Adobe Photoshop!. Read through the step by step guide below or get some extra tips by following along in the video with me. Step 1 – Preparing Our Image […]

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Photoshop CC 2015, Camera Raw #3

Focal Point Lighting. Adjusting the exposure is a fundamental part of any Photographers arsenal, producing the same effect across the whole of the image. If you wanted to create a “spotlight” or “focal point” lighting effect but didn’t have the equipment to do it, or you captured a well lit image & simply wanted to […]

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Mirror an Image In Photoshop

Quicksty 60 Second Photoshop With Skandy Keyboard shortcuts, Photoshop has hundreds of them and trying to understand what they all are ( nevermind what they mean ) is an emotional mine field only leveled in difficulty by learning a new language… Then trying to navigate a keyboard configured by said language. Learn how to create […]

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HD Photo Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop

Photoshop is the number one photo editing software in the world, offering a range of photo manipulation techniques. In this tutorial we run through, step by step some of the tips and tricks to create and add vibrant photo manipulation to any photo. Step 1 – Preparing our image And Background Drag and drop the […]

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