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Getting started

In this lesson, you will work with several images to learn about Photoshop’s support for camera raw image processing and editing, as well as to explore many features that let you enhance and clean up your digital photographs. You will save each edited image in a Portfolio folder when you’re finished, and at the end of the lesson, you will prepare a PDF slide show of your corrected images. You will start by viewing the before and after images in Adobe Bridge.

1.
Start Photoshop and then immediately hold down Ctrl-Alt-Shift (Windows) or Command-Option-Shift (Mac OS) to restore the default preferences. (See “Restoring default preferences” on page 6.)

2.
When prompted, click Yes to confirm that you want to reset preferences, and Close to close the Welcome Screen.

3.
Click the Go to Bridge button () on the tool options bar to open Adobe Bridge.

4.
In the Favorites palette in the upper left corner of Bridge, click the Lessons favorite, and then double-click the Lesson08 folder in the preview area to see its contents.

5.
Make sure your thumbnail previews are large enough for a good look at the images, and locate the 08A_Start.crw and 08A_End.psd files.

Before

After

The original photograph of a Spanish-style church is a camera raw file, so it doesn’t have the usual .psd file extension you’ve worked with so far in this book. It was shot with a Canon Digital Rebel camera and has the Canon proprietary .crw raw file extensioninstead. You will process this proprietary camera raw image to make it brighter, sharper, and clearer, and then save it as an industry-standard DNG digital negative.

6.
Locate the 08B_Start.psd and 08B_End.psd files and study their thumbnail previews.

Before

After

You are going to make several corrections to this portrait of mother and son, including bringing out shadow and highlight detail, removing red eye, and sharpening the image.

7.
Locate the 08C_Start.psd and 08C_End.psd files and study their thumbnail previews.

Before

After

You are going to edit the image of this red clapboard farmhouse to add a window and remove the seasonal wreath, preserving the vanishing-point perspective as you make corrections.

8.
Locate the 08D_Start.psd and 08D_End.psd files and study their thumbnail previews.

Before

After

You are going to correct the lens barrel distortion in this image.


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