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In this rst part, I’ll show you how to create multiple versions
of the same RAW le as Smart Objects in Photoshop. Part Two
shows a couple of ways to use Photoshop to selectively merge
the dierent versions into one.
Here are the steps for this first part:
Starting in 1. Bridge, as shown in Figure
7-34, open the RAW file into Camera
Raw (FileOpen in Camera Raw).
In Camera Raw, use the Basic or Tone 2.
Curve controls to adjust for either
the highlights or shadows. Don’t try
to compromise. Just make one or
the other right. In Michael’s image
(Figure 7-35), the highlights in the
background are now correct but, as
indicated by the blue shadow clipping
warning, the shadow areas in the
foreground are lacking detail.
Select Camera Raw workflow 3.
preferences by clicking on the link
at the bottom of the Camera Raw
window. In the Workflow dialog box,
select Open in Photoshop as Smart
Objects (circled in Figure 7-36).
Part One: Creating
Two Versions
Figure 7-34
Figure 7-35
Figure 7-36
Select Open Object from the bottom 4.
right of the Camera Raw window. The
RAW file, with your adjustments, will
open in Photoshop as a Smart Object
(as you can see in the History palette
in Figure 7-37). It will retain its original
characteristics and remain fully editable
at any time in Camera Raw.
Back in Bridge, open the same RAW 5.
file again into Camera Raw. This time,
adjust the exposure so the shadow
areas are correct. Now Michael’s
background is blown out, as depicted
by the red highlight warning in Figure
7-38. I quickly noticed that opening
up the shadow areas revealed a
lot of image noise. At this stage of
the process, I ignored this obvious
distraction, choosing to fix it later with
Photoshops Reduce Noise filter. (For
more on this filter see Chapter 9.)
Open this version as a Smart Object 6.
in Photoshop. Youll now have two
versions of the same image open in
Photoshop as Smart Objects. Next
you’ll need to create a multi-layered
document. With both images open in
Photoshop, select a layer (it doesn’t
matter which one in the Layers palette
of one of the images), hold the Shift key
and drag the layer on top of the other
image. The Layer Palette I created with
Michael’s image is shown in Figure 7-39.
Note that both layers are Smart Objects,
which means both are independently
Figure 7-37
Figure 7-38
Figure 7-39
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Now you are ready to blend the images,
which I’ll go into detail shortly.
Using Bridges Place in Photoshop
You can also bring multiple versions of
the same image into Photoshop as Smart
Objects directly from Bridge by using
Bridge’s place command. The first time
you use the Place command on your RAW
file it won’t open in Camera Raw, but you
can always go back and perform your
adjustments there later. The second time
you use Place on the same RAW file, it will
open in Camera Raw and you can make
adjustments then or later.
To do this:
Select File1. Place In Photoshop from
the Bridge menu, as in Figure 7-40.
After the first version is automatically 2.
placed in Photoshop, go back to
Bridge and repeat step one.
This time, when Camera Raw appears, 3.
make a tonal adjustment for either
highlights or shadows and select
OK when you are done. The second
version will open in Photoshop and be
pasted into the original one as a Smart
Object, as shown in Figure 7-41. It’ll
have a large X across the image. Select
the Commit button from the Options
bar, circled in Figure 7-42.
Figure 7-40
Figure 7-41
Figure 7-42

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