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The different tabs are represented
graphically on the right side of the
Camera Raw window (Figure 4-48). If
you hold your mouse over each icon, a
balloon appears naming the function of
each tab.
Basic Tab
Under the Basic tab shown in Figure 4-49,
you’ll find settings for White Balance,
Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Recovery, Fill
Light, Blacks, Brightness, Contrast, Clarity,
Vibrance, and Saturation. I’ll get into the
proper use of the Basic tab controls in
Chapter 6.
Tone Curve Tab
Like Exposure in the Basic tab, Tone
Curve controls let you adjust the entire
tonal range of an image. You have two
curves to choose from: Parametric, and
Point, shown in Figure 4-50. With the
Parametric curve you adjust tonal values
with four sliders: Highlights, Lights, Darks,
and Shadows. With the Point curve,
you can adjust up to 14 different points
throughout an images tonal range (from
shadows to highlights). You can save Tone
Curve settings for use in another image.
I’ll get into using Tone Curve controls in
more detail in Chapter 6.
Camera Raw has eight tabs, and each tab is a gateway to
controlling the look and feel of your RAW image. Let’s look at
the tabs, one by one.
Camera Raw Tabs
Figure 4-48
Figure 4-49
Figure 4-50
Detail Tab
Detail controls, found under the Detail tab
shown in Figure 4-51, control Sharpening
(Amount, Radius, Detail, Masking)
and Noise Reduction Luminance and
Sharpening controls. I discuss how to use
the Noise Reduction controls in Chapter 9.
Under the HSL/Grayscale tab, you’ll find
very useful color and black and white
controls. HSL stands for Hue, Saturation,
and Luminance. Camera Raw uses a
method of defining and working with
color based on these three values, shown
in Figure 4-52. Many of you will find
working with color this way intuitive, easy,
and even fun!
When you select the Convert to Grayscale
box, as shown in Figure 4-53, grayscale
conversion is as simple or complex as
you like. You can quickly convert an
image to black and white with good
results by using the Auto setting, which
is the default setting. Or you can use the
Grayscale Mix controls and come up with
a custom conversion of your own. I’ll go
into more detail on using the HSL controls
in Chapter 7 and the Grayscale controls in
Chapter 10.
Figure 4-51
Figure 4-52
Figure 4-53
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Split Toning Tab
Under the Split Toning tab, shown in
Figure 4-54, you can control the tint
and saturation of a tint applied to the
highlight areas of any image separately
from that applied to the shadow areas.
The Balance slider in the middle controls
the range of each. These controls can be
applied to a black and white or a color
image. I’ll go into more detail on using
these controls in Chapter 10.
Lens Corrections Tab
Under the Lens Corrections tab (Figure
4-55) are tools to overcome Chromatic
Aberration and Vignetting. I go into great
detail on this subject in Chapter 9.
Camera Calibration Tab
You can use the Camera Calibration
controls, shown in Figure 4-56, to improve
the color accuracy of your RAW files.
You can also use these controls to create
special effects and grayscale images
from RGB. I go into the use of Camera
Calibration for fine-tuning the behavior
of Camera Raw’s built-in camera profiles
in Chapter 6. I cover using the Camera
Calibration controls for special effects
and the creation of grayscale images in
Chapter 10.
Figure 4-54
Figure 4-55
Figure 4-56

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