Real World Camera Raw with Photoshop CS2: Industrial-Strength Production Techniques

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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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Overview

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 Bridge, Adobe’s new standalone file browser, to preview images and automate tasks, and building a workflow around the digital raw process.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321334091
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 5/23/2005
  • Series: Real World Series
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Fraser is an internationally known author, consultant, and speaker on the topics of digital imaging and color reproduction. In addition to authoring Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop, he is a contributing editor for Macworld magazine and co-author of the best-selling books Real World Adobe 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
The Pace of Innovation xix
Thank You! xix
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 Capture 6
Exposure 7
Why Shoot Raw? 9
Using All the Bits 9
White Balance Control 10
Colorimetric Interpretation 11
Exposure 12
Detail and Noise 13
Raw Limitations 13
Processing Time 13
File Size 14
Longevity 14
Adobe Camera Raw 15
Universal Converter 15
Industrial-Strength Features 15
Integration with Photoshop 16
The Digital Negative 16
Chapter 2 How Camera Raw Works 17
Digital Image Anatomy 18
Pixels and Resolution 18
Bit Depth, Dynamic Range, and Color 19
High-Bit Photoshop 21
Gamma and Tone Mapping 22
Image Editing and Image Degradation 23
Losing Data and Limiting Options 25
Color Space Conversions 29
The Camera Raw Advantage 29
From Raw to Color 30
Demosaicing and Colorimetric Interpretation 30
White Balance and Calibrate Adjustments 31
Camera Raw and Color 31
Tone-Mapping Controls 32
How Much Highlight Detail Can I Recover? 35
Saturation 36
Size 36
Sharpening 37
Luminance and Color Noise Reduction 37
Watch the Histogram! 38
Chapter 3 Raw System Overview 39
Adobe Bridge 40
The Virtual Light Table 40
Managing Metadata 42
Hosting Camera Raw 43
Camera Raw 43
Camera Raw Defaults 44
Adobe DNG Converter 45
To DNG or Not to DNG 45
Using Adobe DNG Converter 47
Photoshop 50
Automation and Actions 50
Putting It All Together 51
Chapter 4 Camera Raw Controls 53
Camera Raw, Photoshop and Bridge 54
Camera Raw Anatomy 56
Camera Raw Static Controls 58
The Tool Palette 58
The Preview Controls 62
The Histogram and RGB Readout 64
The Settings Menu 66
The Camera Raw Menu 67
Preferences 68
Loading and Saving Settings 69
Export Settings 70
Use Auto Adjustments 70
Setting Camera Defaults 72
The Main Control Buttons 73
Camera Raw Workflow Controls 76
Camera Raw Image Controls 77
The Adjust Tab 78
The Detail Tab 86
The Lens Tab 89
The Curve Tab 92
The Calibrate Tab 95
The Darkroom Toolkit 102
Chapter 5 Hands-On Camera Raw 103
Camera Raw Setup 104
The High-Bit Advantage 107
Evaluating Images 108
When to Resample 109
Editing Images 118
Filmstrip Mode 146
Saving Images in the Background 149
Saving Image Settings 151
Camera Raw Database 151
Complex Action-Save for Edit 274
Running Batch 277
Source Settings 278
Destination Settings 278
Contact Sheet II 279
Image Processor 281
Merge to HDR 282
PDF Presentation 283
PhotoMerge 285
Picture Package 285
Web Photo Gallery 287
Advanced Automation 291
Index 293
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