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Chapter 3. Using Camera Raw > The Adjust Tab

The Adjust Tab

The controls in the Adjust tab let you tweak the white balance, exposure, tonal behavior, and saturation. Three controls in this tab are key: the Temperature, Tint, and Exposure controls let you do things to the image that simply cannot be replicated using Photoshop's tools on the converted image.

The Contrast, Brightness, and Shadows controls provide similar functionality to Photoshop's Levels and Curves, with the important difference that they operate on the high-bit linear-gamma data in the raw capture, rather than on gamma-corrected data post-conversion. If you make major corrections with the Exposure slider, you definitely want to use the Brightness, Contrast, and Shadows controls to shape the raw data the way you want it before converting the raw image. If you don't make big Exposure corrections, it's more a matter of convenience whether you do the major tone-shaping in Camera Raw or in Photoshop.


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