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Call it a control thing, but until recently-or, more specifically, until the availability of digital raw camera formats-you simply weren't ready to make the move to digital photography. Raw formats, however, changed all of that by allowing you to retrieve images before any in-camera processing has been performed. Photoshop's Adobe Camera Raw plug-in makes that process even easier by providing a standardized way of accessing and working with these uncompressed digital negatives in your favorite image-manipulation ...
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Call it a control thing, but until recently-or, more specifically, until the availability of digital raw camera formats-you simply weren't ready to make the move to digital photography. Raw formats, however, changed all of that by allowing you to retrieve images before any in-camera processing has been performed. Photoshop's Adobe Camera Raw plug-in makes that process even easier by providing a standardized way of accessing and working with these uncompressed digital negatives in your favorite image-manipulation software. In the first volume devoted exclusively to the topic, best-selling author Bruce Fraser shows you how to take advantage of Adobe Camera Raw to set white balance, optimize contrast and saturation, handle noise, correct tint, and recover lost detail in images before converting them to another format. After learning about the raw formats themselves, you'll discover hands-on techniques for exposing and shooting for digital raw, using the File Browser to preview images and automate tasks, and building a workflow around the digital raw process.
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Photoshop CS’s Camera Raw plug-in gives you unprecedented control over your digital images, but few photographers have much experience working with the Raw files their cameras generate. The solution: Bruce Fraser’s new book. Fraser covers all you need to know about Raw: file management, workflow, automation, but above all, the supercharged image editing it makes possible.

When should you resample? How much highlight detail can you really recover? How can the File Browser help you handle Raw images more efficiently? How do you recover lost settings? Fraser answers dozens of questions like these and provides dozens of tips, too, for everything from shadows to metadata. If you’re exploring Camera Raw, he’ll help you skip much of the trial-and-error and get you to real mastery -- fast. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321278784
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Series: Real World Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Fraser is an internationally known author, consultant, and speaker on the topics of digital imaging and color reproduction. He is a contributing editor for Macworld magazine as well as co-author of the best-selling books Real World Photoshop and Real World Color Management.

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Table of Contents

Preface Real World Raw xiii

Teach a Man to Fish xiv
You Are the Lab xv
Drowning in Data xv
Making Images Smarter xv
Starting Out Right xvi

Understanding and Hubris xvi
How the Book Is Organized xvii

A Word to Windows Users xviii
Thank You! xviii

Chapter 1 Digital Camera Raw 1

What Is a Digital Raw File? 2
The Camera Sensor 2
Raw Files Are Grayscale 4
The Foveon X3 Difference 5
Exposure and Linear Gamma 6

Why Shoot Raw? 7
Using All the Bits 7
White Balance Control 8
Colorimetric Interpretation 9
Exposure 10
Detail and Noise 11

Raw Limitations 11
Processing Time 11
File Size 12
Longevity 12

Adobe Camera Raw 13
Universal Converter 13
Industrial-Strength Features 13
Integration with Photoshop 14

The Digital Negative 14

Chapter 2 How Camera Raw Works 15

Digital Image Anatomy 16
Pixels and Resolution 16
Bit Depth, Dynamic Range, and Color 17

High-Bit Photoshop 19
Gamma 20

Image Editing and Image Degradation 21
Losing Data and Limiting Options 23
Color Space Conversions 27
The Camera Raw Advantage 27

From Raw to Color 28
Demosaicing and Colorimetric Interpretation 28
White Balance and Calibrate Adjustments 29

Camera Raw and Color 29
Exposure 30

How Much Highlight Detail Can I Recover? 32
Shadows 32
Brightness and Contrast 33
Saturation 33
Size 33
Sharpening 34
Luminance and Color Noise Reduction 35

Watch the Histogram! 35

Chapter 3 Using Camera Raw 37

Camera Raw Anatomy 38

Camera Raw Static Controls 40
The Tool Palette 40
The Preview Controls 41
The Main Control Buttons 42
The Histogram and RGB Readout 42
The Settings Menu 44
The Camera Raw Menu 45

Camera Raw Work.ow Controls 47

Camera Raw Image Controls 48
The Adjust Tab 48
The Detail Tab 56
The Lens Tab 57
The Calibrate Tab 60

Hands-On Camera Raw 67
Camera Raw Setup 67

The High-Bit Advantage 72
Evaluating Images 72

When to Resample 73
Editing Images 79

Saving Settings 104
Camera Raw Database 105
Sidecar XMP Files 105
Save Settings Subset 106

Beyond Camera Raw 108

Chapter 4 The File Browser 109
Opening the File Browser 110

Anatomy of the File Browser 110
File Browser Menu Bar 111

All About Metadata 114
File Browser Toolbar 117
File Browser Main Window 118
The Folders Palette 118
The Preview Palette 119
The Metadata Palette 119
The Keywords Palette 120

Configuring the File Browser 121
File Browser Navigation 121

Working in the File Browser 124
Selecting and Sorting 125
Applying Camera Raw Settings 129

It's Smart to Be Lazy 136

Chapter 5 It's All About the Workflow 137

The File Browser 138

Storing and Transferring Raw Images 139
Camera Media and Speed 139
Formatting Camera Media 141
Camera Card Capacities 142
Acquiring Images 142
Archiving Images 143

Loading Images in the File Browser 145
Key Preference Settings 145
Feeding the Cache 147
Verifying Images 150
Interrupting the Cache 151
Caching Multiple Folders 151

Working with the Images 152
Selecting and Editing 153
Sorting and Renaming 159
Applying Keywords and Metadata 161

Processing Images 164
Automated conversions 165

The File Browser Cache 166
Understanding the Cache 167
Working with the Cache 169

Make the Work Flow 170

Chapter 6 Understanding Metadata 171

What Is XMP, and Why Should I Care? 172
Growing Pains 173
XMP Is Text 174

XMP Uncovered 174
Sidecar .xmp Decoded 178

Meddling With Metadata 184
Cleaning Up Metadata Templates 184

Custom File Info Palettes 188
Hijacking Useless File Info Fields 189
Embed Private Metadata 192

Making Images Smarter 193

Chapter 7 Exploiting Automation 195

Batch Processing Rules 196
Rules for Opening Files in a Batch Operation 198
Rules for Saving Files in a Batch Operation 198
Rules for Running a Batch Operation 199
Playing by the Rules 199

Recording Batch Actions 199
Simple Action-Save as JPEG 200
Complex Action-Save for Edit 204

Running Batch 208
Source Settings 208
Destination Settings 208

PDF Presentation 209
Contact Sheet II 212
Picture Package 213
Web Photo Gallery 215
Advanced Automation 217
Image Credits and Permissions 219
Index 221

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005

    Raw Strength

    Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS Peachpit Press, 2005 -- 235 pages -- ISBN 0-321-27878-X Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS: Industrial-Strength Production Techniques by Bruce Fraser is a favorite of mine. I admit I have not (unfortunately) had the opportunity to use Adobe's Camera Raw Controls. I was intending to purchase a Fuji FinePix S-2 when I ordered Mr. Fraser's book but I changed my mind and opted to buy a new Panasonic Camcorder instead. Nonetheless, I am pleased with myself for reading this book. Mr. Fraser's reasons for using the Raw format are compelling his definition and description of a Raw file are easily understandable and his book includes several tips on automating Photoshop that I use often. When I do upgrade my digital camera I'll make sure it can handle the Raw format. In this book, Fraser explains the basic principle that makes the camera raw format practical in spite of the fact that it adds extra steps to the workflow. Simply stated, camera raw conversions preserve pixels! All edits reduce the number of pixels in a photograph but edits made during conversion in the 16-bit environment (32,769 levels of black and white), with the camera raw controls, reduce the number less than edits made in the normal 8 bit environment (256 levels) of Photoshop. Saving pixels preserves head room for other edits and compression. Making initial edits, such as white balance, exposure, tonal behavior, and saturation during the raw conversion, while you have the largest number of pixels available, maximizes the possibilities for success. Fraser writes, '...when you shoot JPEG, you trust the camera's built-in conversions to throw away one-third of your data in a way that does justice to the image. When you shoot raw, though, you have, by definition, captured everything the camera has to offer.' Fraser also explains how images are captured by CCDs and what this means in terms of operating the camera. Starting with the camera sensor and continuing with a description of what a raw file is, Fraser concludes, '...correct exposure in the digital realm means keeping the highlights as close to blowing out, without actually doing so, as possible.' This is, however, opposite to the way I was taught to shoot slides. His instructions on how to use camera raw controls increased my understanding of photography. I also liked learning about the new features of the file browser. For me, however, the most valuable information is how to use the automated features of the actions palette. Configuring Photoshop's batch processing controls is less than intuitive. I have struggled with them but after reading Fraser's explanations I can now automate my workflow. Thank you Fraser! I'm glad I have your book on my shelf. Now that I know how and why to use Adobe's Camera Raw Converter all I need is a new camera. Michael Morgan

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