Editing the Shots
Most photographers think of Camera Raw as a RAW le convert-
er. But here you’ll see that its capabilities extend beyond image
processing and it can also be used to examine, analyze, cull, and
rate images as well.
Let’s do some actual editing of multiple
images in Camera Raw:
From Bridge, open the selected 1.
files by placing your cursor over
one of the selected thumbnails and
double-clicking. After a while, the
images appear in the Camera Raw
window and look like Figure 5-6.
Note the image in the main window
opens at 34.4 percent, or some other
percentage dictated by a cameras
native resolution. Not a good size for
determining sharpness. Also note the
icon in the lower right corner of each
file’s thumbnail. This signifies Camera
Raw settings have been applied.
Remember, in Martin’s case, he applied
the custom Camera Raw settings
earlier, in Bridge.
Before magnifying the image to 2.
a desirable 100 percent, choose
Select All from the top of the image
window. Next, use the Zoom tools to
magnify the image to 100 percent.
The keyboard shortcut -Option-0
(Ctrl-Alt-0) also sets an image to 100
percent (Figure 5-7). Now all the
images will appear at 100 percent, and
you don’t have to stop and change the
zoom level each time.
Cycle through the images using the 3.
keyboard arrow keys. At 100 percent
magnification, Martin quickly sees
which images are sharp and which
Figure 5-6
Figure 5-7
Photo Editing with CamEra raw
Use the histogram on the top right 4.
to observe the distribution of tonal
values (Figure 5-8). Look for clipping
in the highlights or shadow areas.The
histogram will change with each image.
Select one thumbnail at a time and
make needed Exposure adjustments.
Make sure the exclamation mark in the
upper right of the image is clear before
making any decisions.
Deleting in Camera Raw
Like in Bridge, you can trash and prioritize
images in Camera Raw but with the
advantage of being able to enlarge and
analyze individual images more fully than
you could in Bridge. To delete an image,
select the image and click the Trashcan in
the toolbar at the top of the Camera Raw
window, circled in Figure 5-9. To deselect
images marked for deletion, simply click
the trash icon again. You can also delete/
undelete by using the delete keyboard
command. (The trash icon will appear in
Camera Raw only when multiple RAW files
are open.) A reminder will appear in the
image window. In the filmstrip view, the
image icon will have a reminder as well, in
the form of an X. When you exit Camera
Raw, the images marked for deletion
are automatically moved to the trash or
recycle bin.
Assigning Ratings in Camera Raw
You can also assign your ratings here
by clicking directly on the filmstrip
thumbnails (just below the image), or
by selecting a thumbnail and using
-Numbers 1–5 (Ctrl-Num 1–5).
Figure 5-10 shows what Martins
thumbnails look like in Camera Raw
after he assigns ratings.
Figure 5-8
Figure 5-9
Figure 5-10

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