Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3

Book description

The raw revolution that began in 2003 with the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in for Adobe Photoshop has changed the way photographers work with images. Shooting in the raw format gives digital photographers complete control over every aspect of image quality. Adobe Camera Raw makes the process of using raw files easier by providing a standardized way of accessing and working with these uncompressed digital negatives. Today serious photographers shoot raw images only. Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop was the first book devoted exclusively to the topic, explaining the advantages and challenges of using Adobe Camera Raw to produce magnificent images.

Real World Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS3 keeps pace with new directions in digital photography and raw image processing. Jeff Schewe, a contributor to the development of Adobe Camera Raw from its beginnings, updates Bruce Fraser’s best-selling book with inside knowledge of how new features let photographers optimize and convert images for the best results in Adobe Photoshop CS3. Hands-on techniques show readers how to expose and shoot for raw image capture as well as use new features such as Spot Healing. Readers will also learn how to use the latest version of Adobe Bridge to manage the thousands of images—and gigabytes of data—that result from raw shooting. Finally, Schewe discusses how Adobe’s latest revolutionary imaging software Photoshop Lightroom adds to the raw equation.

Table of contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Preface: Real World Raw
    1. Teach a Man to Fish
      1. You Are the Lab
      2. Drowning in Data
      3. Making Images Smarter
      4. Starting Out Right
    2. Bruce Fraser’s Legacy
      1. How the Book Is Organized
    3. A Word to Windows Users
    4. The Pace of Innovation
    6. Camera Raw Credits
    7. Thank You!
  3. One. Digital Camera Raw
    1. Exploiting the Digital Negative
    2. What Is a Digital Raw File?
      1. The Camera Sensor
      2. Raw Files Are Grayscale
    3. Exposure and Linear Capture
      1. Exposure
    4. Why Shoot Raw?
      1. Using All the Bits
      2. White Balance Control
      3. Colorimetric Interpretation
      4. Exposure
      5. Detail and Noise
    5. Raw Limitations
      1. Processing Time
      2. File Size
      3. Longevity
    6. Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw
      1. Universal Converter
      2. Industrial-Strength Features
      3. Integration with Photoshop
    7. The Digital Negative
  4. Two. How Camera Raw Works
    1. What Lies Under the Hood
    2. Digital Image Anatomy
      1. Pixels and Resolution
      2. Bit Depth, Dynamic Range, and Color
      3. Gamma and Tone Mapping
    3. Image Editing and Image Degradation
      1. Losing Data and Limiting Options
      2. Color Space Conversions
      3. The Camera Raw Advantage
    4. From Raw to Color
      1. Demosaicing and Colorimetric Interpretation
      2. White Balance and Calibrate Adjustments
      3. Tone-Mapping Controls
      4. Saturation
      5. Size
      6. Sharpening
      7. Luminance and Color Noise Reduction
    5. Watch the Histogram!
  5. Three. Raw System Overview
    1. Camera Raw, Bridge, Photoshop, and DNG
    2. Adobe Bridge CS3
      1. The Virtual Light Table
      2. Managing Metadata
      3. Hosting Camera Raw
    3. Camera Raw
      1. Camera Raw Defaults
    4. Adobe DNG Converter
      1. To DNG or Not to DNG
      2. Using Adobe DNG Converter
    5. Photoshop
      1. Automation and Actions
    6. Putting It All Together
  6. Four. Camera Raw Controls
    1. Digital Darkroom Tools
    2. Camera Raw, Photoshop, and Bridge
    3. Camera Raw Anatomy
    4. Examining the Camera Raw Tools in Depth
      1. The Adjustment Panel Icons
      2. The Basic Panel
        1. The White Balance Adjustments
        2. The Tone Adjustment Sliders
        3. Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation
      3. The Tone Curve Panel
      4. The Detail Panel
        1. The Sharpening Controls
        2. The Noise Reduction Controls
      5. The HSL/Grayscale Panel
        1. The HSL Controls
        2. The Grayscale Controls
      6. The Split Tone Panel
      7. The Lens Corrections Panel
        1. The Chromatic Aberration Controls
        2. The Lens Vignetting Controls
      8. The Calibrate Panel
      9. The Presets Panel
      10. The Camera Raw Flyout Menu
      11. The Camera Raw Main Buttons
      12. The Workflow Options
      13. The Save Button
        1. The File Format Options by Format
      14. The Zoom Control
      15. The Camera Raw Toolbar
        1. Zoom and Hand Tools
        2. White Balance Tool
        3. Color Sampler Tool
        4. Crop and Straighten Tools
        5. Retouch Tool
        6. Red Eye Removal
        7. Camera Raw Preferences
      16. The Camera Raw Keyboard Commands
      17. Calibrating Your Camera’s Colors
    5. The Darkroom Toolkit
  7. Five. Hands-On Camera Raw
    1. Evaluating and Editing Images
    2. Camera Raw Default
    3. Camera Raw Setup
    4. Evaluating Images
    5. Editing Images
      1. Before and After Case Studies
        1. White Balance
        2. Point Curve
        3. Parametric Curve
        4. Wide Dynamic Range
        5. Narrow Dynamic Range
        6. Image Detailing
        7. Saturation Clipping
        8. Color Split Toning
        9. Monochromatic Split Toning
        10. Converting from Color to B&W
        11. Landscape Sharpening
        12. Portrait Sharpening
      2. Syncing Spot Healing
      3. Camera Raw as a Smart Object
        1. Smart Object
    6. JPEG and TIFF Files in Camera Raw
      1. JPEG Editing
    7. Beyond Camera Raw
  8. Six. Adobe Bridge
    1. Your Digital Light Table
      1. Launching Bridge
    2. Configuring Bridge Windows
      1. Arranging Windows
      2. Bridge Window Components
      3. Image Thumbnails
      4. Thumbnail Stacks
      5. Configuring Bridge Panels
      6. Bridge Filter and Sort
        1. Additional Filter Criteria
        2. Metadata Panel
        3. Keywords Panel
      7. Bridge CS3 Tools
        1. Batch Rename
        2. Cache
        3. Photoshop Tools
      8. Bridge’s Edit Menu
        1. Develop Settings
          1. Find Command
        2. Collections
      9. Slideshow
    3. Image Ingestion with Bridge
    4. Opening Images
    5. Working in Bridge
      1. Selecting and Sorting
      2. Applying Camera Raw Settings
    6. It’s Smart to Be Lazy
  9. Seven. It’s All About the Workflow
    1. That’s Flow, Not Slow
    2. Workflow Principles
      1. Do Things Once
      2. Do Things Automatically
      3. Be Methodical
    3. Planning and Strategy
      1. Who Has the Cache?
      2. Strategies for Settings
      3. Working with DNG
        1. DNG Downsides and Advantages
        2. Camera Raw’s DNG File Handling
      4. What’s in a Name?
      5. Ratings and Labels
      6. Simplicity Is Its Own Strategy
    4. The Image Ingestion Phase
      1. Camera Media and Speed
      2. Formatting Camera Media
      3. Camera Card Capacities
      4. Ingesting Images
    5. The Image Verification Phase
      1. Verifying Images
      2. Feeding the Cache
      3. Interrupting the Cache
      4. Caching Multiple Folders
    6. The Preproduction Phase
      1. Selecting and Editing
      2. Rating and Labeling
      3. Applying Camera Raw Settings
      4. Sorting and Renaming
      5. Applying Keywords and Metadata
    7. The Production Phase
      1. Background Processing
      2. Automated Conversions
      3. Tethered Shooting
    8. Postproduction
      1. Archiving Images
      2. Delivering Images
    9. Make the Work Flow
  10. Eight. Mastering Metadata
    1. The Smarter Image
    2. What Is XMP, and Why Should I Care?
      1. Growing Pains
      2. XMP Is Text
    3. XMP Uncovered
      1. Sidecar .xmp Decoded
    4. Metadata Templates
    5. Custom File Info Palettes
    6. Keywords and Descriptions
    7. Making Images Smarter
  11. Nine. Exploiting Automation
    1. Working Smarter, Not Harder
    2. Batch Processing Rules
      1. Rules for Opening Files in a Batch Operation
      2. Rules for Saving Files in a Batch Operation
      3. Rules for Running a Batch Operation
      4. Playing by the Rules
    3. Recording Batch Actions
      1. Simple Action—Save as JPEG
      2. Complex Action—Save For Print
      3. Working with Actions
    4. The Power of Droplets
    5. Script Events Manager
    6. Moving Actions to Another Computer
    7. Running Batch
      1. Source Settings
      2. Destination Settings
    8. Image Processor
    9. Advanced Automation
  12. Pixel Genius PhotoKit Plug-in Discounts
    1. PhotoKit SHARPENER
      1. A Complete Sharpening Workflow for Photoshop
    2. PhotoKit
      1. Analog Effects for Photoshop
    3. PhotoKit Color
      1. Creative Color Effects for Photoshop

Product information

  • Title: Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3
  • Author(s): Bruce Fraser, Jeff Schewe
  • Release date: November 2007
  • Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
  • ISBN: 9780321549990