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Chapter 3. Using Camera Raw > Evaluating Images

Evaluating Images

Before starting to edit a raw image, it's always a good idea to do a quick evaluation. Is the image over- or underexposed? Does the subject matter fall within the camera's dynamic range, or do you have to sacrifice highlights or shadows? Camera Raw offers three features that help you evaluate the raw image and answer these questions.

  • The histogram lets you judge overall exposure and detect any clipping to black, white, or a fully saturated primary.

  • The image preview shows you exactly how the converted image will appear in Photoshop, and the clipping display, available when you adjust the Exposure and Shadows sliders, lets you see exactly which pixels, if any, are being clipped.

  • The RGB readout lets you sample the RGB values from specific spots in the image.


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