as a Photoshop user and a Camera Raw user. I'm often opening up images in Camera Raw, but once the image is actually open and you want to go to Camera Raw, you actually have close it first in the previous versions of Photoshop to re-open it in Camera Raw. Well now for the first time, Camera Raw is actually a filter in Photoshop CC. Now I can make this filter even better and make it more non-destructive by simply first converting this image to a Smart filter. Now that I've done that, I can simply go to my Filter menu and go to the brand new Camera Raw filter. That'll open up the image that I had open already in Camera Raw so I can do non-destructive things to it. So that's my first top 5 favorite feature of Photoshop CC. Now for the second one. As you can see this building or this doorway is kind of shot from the street level walking by, and not only does it need to be straightened, but the perspective is off, and that's the hard part. Normally, I'd have to go in and do some manual work to get the perspective right, but there's a brand new Upright feature here in Photoshop CC in Camera Raw as part of the Lens Corrections. So when I head over to Lens Correction-- normally you'll be on the Color tab; I'm going to switch to the Manual tab. And you have basically 4 options to choose from. You know me; I like to do automatic whenever possible, just to try it and let it do its own thing, but I'm going to walk you through the Manual ones first. So the first one is-- let's say your image just needs to be level. We can just do level, and that will level out your image, just kind of straighten it. It didn't create the perspective, but it did make the image level. Now the second one is actually for vertical correction, so if we do that, it'll give me a nice vertical correction, and I can even show the grid to show me what it's aligning to. I'm going to turn that off for now. And then the last one is kind of the best of both. It's going to give me a vertical and horizontal correction and correct the perspective. Now of course, this is computer generated. It's computer algorithms figuring this out, and you still may want to tweak it, and that's the best part of this is you still have complete control. So if I want to bring that vertical adjustment down a little bit more, I can adjust it down a little bit more. So I can actually bring the camera angle up. I can also do the horizontal. I can turn the image and get right in front of that doorway and get it just right. And if I still need to crop it off, I don't have to worry about going to the Crop feature. I can just simply scale the image up a little bit to crop off any edges that were shown by this filter. Once I click OK, because I did a Smart filter first, that is now non-destructive, so I can turn it off to see the before, turn it on to see the after. So that's my second favorite feature is the Upright in Camera Raw. Now speaking of Camera Raw, let's head over and take a look at another one. So once again, I want to bring this image that I already have open into Camera Raw. I can go to my Filter menu and convert it to a Smart filter first, just to make it non-destructive, and then go to my Camera Raw filter to bring it up in Camera Raw. And what I want to concentrate on is this area here where we've got some--it looks like a bug or debris on the lily pad. I want to take that out. Now Photoshop and Camera Raw has had a Spot Removal tool for the last couple of versions now. Of course I can use my bracket keys on the keyboard to make that smaller or bigger, and it's great for removing quick little spots or sensor dust from your image. And you just click, and it does it. It will find a spot to heal from, and of course, you can rearrange that spot and move it around. But what if you want to correct something like this, where it's kind of an irregular shape, and maybe making a big spot is not going to work, because it's just too big? Well now for the first time, you can use the Healing brush in a non-circular fashion and create a custom shape to heal with just by simply dragging it to get the exact shape you need. And then of course you can pick this up and sample anywhere else in the photo that makes sense. So if I want to move this around, I can. So third favorite feature is the new Spot Removal tool that is now non-circular. Let's go ahead and click OK on that, and we'll apply that as a Smart filter. Once again, we can turn it off, turn it on to see what's been applied and double click to get right back into those adjustments if we need to adjust it further. So I kind of didn't like where that spot was happening, so I can pick that up and move that adjustment and get it just right to make the adjustment that I need, click OK, and make my new correction. All right, now let's head over to the third image-- or the next image, I should say, and we're going to go ahead and take a look at this church that I shot, and you can see that really the only light in the room is the natural light coming in from a window up above. And while this is a nice, dramatic looking photo, it's really not that interesting, because I didn't really have any flashes or anything to light this properly. Well now with the new Radio filter in Camera Raw-- so go to our Filer menu. Again, open this up in Camera Raw. We have a new Radio filter that allows me to make all kinds of adjustments; again, non-destructively, but exactly where I need to make them in the photo. So for example, originally when I looked at this, I thought, "Well, maybe I want to put a little bit more light in this area of the banister." So I'm just going to go ahead and drag out the filter, and then to my surprise, I saw that there were actual words in the wall--or on the wall that I thought--or I forgot about. I didn't remember even seeing those until I just saw them again for the first time after taking this photo, and that data was still in the picture but in my mind, it had been lost, because I'd forgotten all about those words on the wall. Now you might think, "Well, doesn't that work just like a vignette?" And a vignette is great, but it only does it from the center typically and you can usually only have 1 vignette per photo. Well with the Radio filter, I can make multiple adjustments. I can relight this photo anywhere I want. I can even walk around with my flashlight, kind of light the room, see what else is there that I might discover and put these anywhere I need them, rotate them, change the size, and really create some cool lighting effects non-destructively in Camera Raw. So that's my fourth favorite feature. Let's click OK. Now last but not least, and this is actually a feature now in Photoshop CC. You might remember last year at Adobe MAX, we kind of did a tech sneak preview of a de-blur technology. Basically we have a blurry photo that was the result of camera shake. Now I just want to make sure we understand; this is a camera shake blur, not a motion blur. Not the fact that the flowers were maybe blown, but this is actually because the camera was shaking. So we have some technology now that we introduced or showed last year that has finally made its way into Photoshop CC for the first time. I'm going to go to my Filter menu, and I'm just going to come down to Sharpen, and I'm going to introduce you to the brand new Shake Reduction. So we'll do Shake Reduction, and first thing you'll notice is that it analyzes the photo. It actually picked a blur estimation region, and it's now showing me in that region the direction of the camera shake. So if we look at the before, and we look at the after, we've gone from a photo that I would have normally just pitched, thrown away, deleted to a photo that I can actually use, because the camera shake was reduced automatically. Now for the techies out there watching this, camera shake happens in different ways in different parts of the photo, especially if the lens tilted or turned, so you can have multiple blur regions that you can analyze. So I can drag out another one here, and it can analyze that area of the photo, and you might see a slightly different shake pattern, depending on where you are in the photo. So that might increase your processing time once you click OK, but you actually will end up with typically a better result than just the one blur region that it defaults to. So Camera Shake Reduction or Shake Reduction as a filter definitely my fifth favorite feature of Photoshop CC. And now that you've seen all of my favorite features or my top 5 favorite features of Photoshop CC, I'm excited; I know you're going to be excited to get these features, and Photoshop CC is only available in Creative Cloud.
Terry White's Top 5 Features in Adobe Photoshop CC
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Terry White, Adobe worldwide evangelist, gives an overview of his 5 favorite features in Photoshop CC.
Runtime : 00:09:05 Added : 05/06/2013
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