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WhaI is kAW, and how
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phoIography?
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change Ihe way you shooI
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Row Io bring order Io your
kAW hles
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keady Io sIarI enhancing
your kAW hles? lollow
our 20 hrsI sIeps in kAW
processing
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Advanced Iechniques Io
Iake your phoIography Io
Ihe nexI level
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new kAW soIIware. Why
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lI you're a regular reader oI WDC you'll have heard a loI abouI kAW phoIography. lI's a meIhod oI
working designed Io exIracI Ihe maximum image qualiIy Irom your digiIal phoIos. MosI cameras
process each picIure as iI's Iaken so IhaI you geI an image IhaI's virIually ready Io prinI sIraighI ouI oI
Ihe camera. 8uI in doing so some oI Ihe inIormaIion IhaI was capIured by Ihe sensor is discarded. 8y
shooIing in Ihe kAW hle IormaI you bypass Ihe in-camera processing and reIain all Ihe daIa collecIed
by Ihe sensor. ShooIing in kAW involves a sIeep learning curve, buI iI is ulIimaIely worIhwhile Ior
phoIographers who value image qualiIy above all else.
1haI's where we come in. We've prepared Ihis comprehensive guide Io working in Ihe kAW IormaI
- iI Iells you everyIhing you need Io know, Irom sIarI Io hnish.
8uI iI you'd like even more guidance and inIormaIion visiI our websiIe aI www.whatdigita|camera.
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M
ost D5Lks, and more and more high-end compact
cameras provide the option for switching from the
traditionaI capture formats of IP£C and 1Iff to kAW.
1hls capLure íormaL glves phoLographers more conLrol over Lhe
dlglLal phoLos Lhey creaLe by Laklng back a bunch oí processlng
sLeps LhaL unLll now have been handled by Lhe camera and placlng
Lhem írmly ln Lhe hands oí Lhe phoLographer. 1hls oííers more
creaLlve opLlons and poLenLlally beLLer cuallLy conLrol, buL along
wlLh Lhls íexlblllLy comes lncreased responslblllLy.
WHA1 lS kAW!
All slngle shoL dlglLal cameras (excepL Lhose uslng Lhe loveon chlp)
conLaln a sensor made up oí a grld, or maLrlx, oí llghL-senslLlve
slLes. Lach slLe responds proporLlonaLely Lo Lhe amounL oí llghL
hlLLlng lLs suríace. 8y recordlng and analyslng each oí Lhese
responses a Lone ls aLLrlbuLed Lo each sensor poslLlon ln Lhe grld.
A dlglLal plcLure can Lhen be creaLed írom Lhe range oí scene
brlghLnesses íocused Lhrough Lhe lens onLo Lhe sensor's suríace.
1hls process resulLs ln a monochrome (black, whlLe and grey)
lmage as Lhe CCD or CMOS sensors Lhemselves cannoL record Lhe
colour oí Lhe llghL, only Lhe amounL oí llghL hlLLlng Lhe sensor slLe.
1o creaLe colour, a small ílLer ls added Lo each oí Lhe sensor
slLes. ln mosL cameras Lhese ílLers are a mlxLure oí Lhe Lhree
prlmary colours ked, Green and 8lue and are lald ouL ln a deslgn
called a 8ayer paLLern. lL conLalns 2S/ red ílLers, 2S/ blue and S0/
green (Lhe hlgher percenLage oí green slmulaLes Lhe human eye's
senslLlvlLy Lo Lhls parL oí Lhe vlslble specLrum). Uslng Lhls sysLem
Lhe varlous elemenLs oí a scene are recorded as a maLrlx oí red,
green and blue plxels oí varylng brlghLnesses.
1he phoLo ln Lhls íormaL ls whaL we generally reíer Lo as a kAW
íle. lL conLalns lníormaLlon abouL Lhe brlghLness and colour oí Lhe
WhaI is kAW and whaI are Ihe
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IormaI Ior Ihe phoIographer?
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scene buL ln a íorm LhaL can'L be readlly edlLed or enhanced wlLh
sLandard phoLo soíLware. UnLll Lhe currenL lníux oí kAW-enabled
dlglLal cameras and soíLware, phoLographers were bllssíully
unaware oí Lhe exlsLence oí such íles, as Lhe lmages LhaL Lhey
recelved írom Lhelr cameras were already converLed írom Lhe kAW
sLaLe Lo Lhe much more íamlllar (and useable) !lLG or 1lll íorm.
1hls converslon occurs as an lnLegral parL oí Lhe capLure process
where Lhe raw daLa comlng írom Lhe sensor ls used Lo creaLe a íull
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kAW hles diIIer
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camera, shuIIer
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changed;
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recorded in-camera,
buI can be changed in a kAW ediIor. Changeable opIions include colour
mode, whiIe balance, saIuraIion, conIrasI and applicaIion oI sharpness.
L7he lmage:1he daIa drawn direcIly Irom Ihe camera's sensor siIes in
a non-inIerpolaIed (8ayer paIIern) Iorm. lor mosI cameras, Ihis daIa is
supplied wiIh a I6biI colour depIh, providing many more colours and
Iones Ihan Iound in a sIandard 8biI !PLG or 1lll camera hle.
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¥ou geI Io use Ihe Iull Ional and
colour range capIured by Ihe camera.
¥ou can remove many oI Ihe hle
processing decisions Irom Ihe camera
Io Ihe deskIop where more Iime and
care can be Iaken in Iheir execuIion.
1his includes:
L WhiIe balance changes
LRighlighI, shadow and mid Ione
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LManipulaIing saIuraIion
LColour mode (skG8, Adobe kG8
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comprehensive digiIal picIure hle
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¥ou can make image daIa changes
such as a swiIching whiIe balance
seIIings wiIhouI image loss. 1his is noI
possible wiIh non-kAW IormaIs as Ihe
whiIe balance resulIs are hxed in Ihe
camera processed hle.
¥ou can 'upscale'using primary image
daIa (sIraighI Irom Ihe sensor) raIher
Ihan pre-processed inIormaIion which
arguably leads Io beIIer resulIs.
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memory card.
Raving Io process Ihe images beIore
use back aI Ihe deskIop.
ln some cases needing specialisI kAW
processing soIIware Io converI hles in
addiIion Io your image-ediIor package.
Working in kAW is more Iime
consuming, especially posI-capIure.
Some knowledge is needed Io make
Ihe mosI oI Ihe benehIs oI kAW.
Þres & cens cí ShccLìnc kaw
colour lmage. Speclal algorlLhms are employed Lo change Lhe 8ayer
paLLerned daLa Lo a sLandard kG8 íorm. ln Lhls process Lhe correcL
colour value íor each plxel ls 'guessLlmaLed' uslng Lhe lníormaLlon
írom Lhe surroundlng red, green and blue slLes. 1hls process ls
called lnLerpolaLlon and works exLremely well on mosL cameras.
So when you opL Lo save your lmages ln !lLG or 1lll íormaLs Lhls
capLure and lnLerpolaLlon process happens lnLernally ln Lhe camera
each Llme you push Lhe shuLLer buLLon. SelecLlng kAW as your
preíerred capLure íormaL sLops Lhe camera írom processlng Lhe
colour-separaLed (prlmary) daLa írom Lhe sensor and slmply saves
Lhls daLa Lo your memory card. 1hls means LhaL Lhe íull descrlpLlon
oí whaL Lhe camera 'saw' ls saved ln Lhe lmage íle and ls avallable
Lo you íor use ln Lhe producLlon oí cuallLy lmages.
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Sounds greaL, doesn'L lL` 8uL whaL's Lhe caLch` Well, kAW íles
have Lo be processed beíore Lhey can be used ln a sLandard
lmage-edlLlng appllcaLlon llke lhoLoshop. New appllcaLlons llke
Adobe's LlghLkoom and Apple's AperLure can enhance kAW íles
wlLhouL írsL converLlng Lhem buL íor Lhe mosL parL serlous edlLlng
can only Lake place on a converLed kAW íle. So you wlll need Lo
employ a speclal kAW converLer. 1hese programs come as elLher
sLandalone pleces oí soíLware or as a dedlcaLed íeaLure ln your
íavourlLe edlLlng package. Some can process íles írom capLure
devlces oí several manuíacLurers, oLhers are resLrlcLed íor use wlLh
slngle camera models only.
Deslgned Lo allow you Lo Lake Lhe unprocessed kAW daLa
dlrecLly írom your camera's sensor and converL lL lnLo a usable
lmage íle, Lhese edlLors also provlde access Lo oLher lmage
characLerlsLlcs LhaL would oLherwlse be locked lnLo Lhe íle íormaL.
varlables such as colour space, whlLe balance, lmage sharpness and
Lonal compensaLlon (conLrasL and brlghLness) can all be accessed,
edlLed and enhanced as parL oí Lhe converslon process.
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So why noL íusL sLlck Lo !lLG` 1he answer ls Lwoíold: beLLer lmage
cuallLy and more creaLlve conLrol. Armed wlLh Lhe Lop-cuallLy
kAW-edlLlng soíLware now avallable, and a kAW-enabled camera,
phoLographers can make consldered íudgemenLs abouL Lhe many
varlables LhaL aííecL Lhe plcLure converslon, provldlng cusLomlsed
plcLure-by-plcLure soluLlons never posslble ln-camera.
1he real advanLages oí enhanclng your phoLos aL Lhe kAW sLage
are LhaL Lhese changes are made Lo Lhe íle aL Lhe same Llme as
Lhe prlmary lmage daLa ls belng lnLerpolaLed Lo íorm Lhe íull colour
plcLure. LdlLlng aíLer Lhe íle ls processed (saved by Lhe camera ln
8 blL verslons oí Lhe !lLG and 1lll íormaL), means LhaL you wlll be
applylng Lhe changes Lo a plcLure wlLh íewer Lones and colours.
And we all know Lhe beneíLs LhaL such hlgh-blL edlLlng provldes.
A second bonus íor dedlcaLed kAW phoLographers ls LhaL
acLlons llke swlLchlng írom Lhe whlLe balance opLlon selecLed
when shooLlng, Lo anoLher cholce when processlng, are períormed
wlLhouL any lmage loss. 1hls ls noL Lhe case once Lhe íle has been
processed wlLh Lhe lncorrecL whlLe balance seLLlng.
MosL kAW converslon programs also conLaln several baLch
processlng opLlons. 1hese allow Lhe user Lo seL general parameLers
íor a group oí lmages and Lhen lnsLrucL Lhe program Lo process
and save each íle ln Lurn auLomaLlcally. 1hls ls a real Llme saver
when you have Lo edlL a bunch oí plcLures Laken under Lhe same
condlLlons. Some soíLware also lncludes Lhe ablllLy Lo shooL and
adíusL plcLures whlle your camera ls aLLached Lo Lhe compuLer.
1hls íeaLure, usually reíerred Lo as 'LeLhered' shooLlng, works well
íor sLudlo phoLography and has Lhe advanLage oí bypasslng Lhe
camera's memory card and savlng íles dlrecLly Lo your compuLer.
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lI you swiIch your camera Io kAW, you will need Io shooI diIIerenIly in
order Io geI Ihe benehIs. 8uI iI's easier Ihan iI seems
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hough the basic controIs such as focus, composition and
exposure remain the same regardIess of the capture
format you choose, the inherent differences in the
characteristics of IP£C and kAW mean that some changes
in your shooting workñow are warranted.
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'Once l have swlLched my camera Lo kAW wlll Lhere be any
change ln Lhe way LhaL l shooL`' Maybe. MosL experlenced
phoLographers prlde Lhemselves on Lhelr ablllLy Lo conLrol
all Lhe íuncLlons oí Lhe camera. OíLen Lhelr dexLerlLy exLends
beyond Lhe LradlLlonal conLrols such as aperLure, shuLLer speed
and íocus Lo 'dlglLal
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whlLe balance, conLrasL and sharpness.
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íeaLures Lo maLch
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scene.
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manually adíusL
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seLLlng oí hls camera
íor a mlsLy valley shoL aL
dawn. An avld Lravel phoLographer may reduce
conLrasL and saLuraLlon and swlLch Lo a DayllghL whlLe balance
seLLlng when coníronLed wlLh Lhe íoaLlng markeLs ln 1halland
ln summer. lL has long been known LhaL such cusLomlsaLlon
ls essenLlal lí you wanL Lo make Lhe besL lmages posslble and
are capLurlng ln a !lLG or 1lll íormaL. 8uL as we have seen,
seLLlngs such as Lhese, Lhough íxed ln 1lll and !lLG íormaLs,
are íully adíusLable when shooLlng kAW.
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WhaL does Lhls mean ln our day-Lo-day phoLography` Well,
lí aíLer documenLlng some lnLerlors you íorgeL Lo swlLch Lhe
whlLe balance seLLlng írom LungsLen back Lo dayllghL beíore
sLarLlng Lo shooL ouLslde, all ls noL losL. 1he whlLe balance
seLLlng used aL Lhe Llme oí capLure ls recorded wlLh Lhe raw
íle buL ls only applled when Lhe plcLure ls processed. So
when you open Lhe lmages ln a raw converLer Lhe plcLure ls
WiIh mosI kAW-enabled cameras swiIching Irom one capIure IormaI Io
anoIher is a simple maIIer oI enIering Ihe camera seI-up menu and selecIing
Ihe kAW enIry Irom Ihe lmage QualiIy opIions. 1his opIion may also be
accessed via a qualiIy Ioggle or swiIch elsewhere on Ihe camera.
Some models also oIIer a choice beIween compressed and non-compressed
versions oI Ihe hle. Compressing will mean picIures will Iake up less space on
Ihe memory card, buI Ihe process oI compression resulIs in longer saving Iimes.
1his isn'I an issue unless you like Io phoIograph acIion, as Ihe exIra Iime Iaken
Io compress Ihe hle will reduce Ihe Irames per second raIe oI your camera.
1here are several cameras on Ihe markeI IhaI also have Ihe abiliIy Io save
boIh kAW and !PLG versions oI Ihe same hle aI Ihe Iime oI capIure. 1his opIion
can be a real Iime saver iI you need Io access your picIures quickly, buI Ihe
IeaIure is less oI an advanIage iI you regularly perIorm many enhancemenI
sIeps Io your hles as, in Ihe end, Ihe capIured !PLG will noI resemble Ihe
processed kAW hle.
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all Lhls happens wlLh no resulLanL loss ln cuallLy. Hooray!
1he same slLuaLlon exlsLs íor conLrols such as conLrasL,
saLuraLlon and, wlLh some cameras, sharpness. As beíore, Lhe
seLLlngs made aL Lhe Llme oí shooLlng wlll be used as a basls
íor lnlLlal raw prevlews buL Lhese can be adíusLed beíore
processlng. 1hls leads some people Lo belleve LhaL Lhey no
longer need Lo pay aLLenLlon Lo Lhese shooLlng íacLors, so Lhey
leave Lhelr cameras seL Lo 'auLo everyLhlng', preíerrlng Lo íx
any problems aL Lhe deskLop. OLher phoLographers conLlnue
Lo conLrol Lhelr cameras on a shoL-by-shoL basls bellevlng LhaL
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Llme laLer. 8oLh approaches are valld and whlch sulLs you wlll
largely be down Lo wheLher you would preíer Lo spend your
Llme manlpulaLlng your camera or compuLer.
AI Ihe momenI Ihere is no one sIandard Ior a kAW hle IormaI. Lach
manuIacIurer Iends Io have a version oI kAW IhaI is specihc Io Iheir
own camera range. 1hey mainIain IhaI Ihis approach gives Ihem
Ihe besI ßexibiliIy Io Iake advanIage oI consIanIly changing camera
Iechnology while mainIaining compaIibiliIy and image qualiIy across
Iheir producI range.
ln lebruary 200S Adobe released a specihcaIion Ior a new non-
proprieIary hle IormaI Ior sIoring camera kAW hles. 1he DigiIal
NegaIive IormaI, or DNG, is being puI Iorward by Ihe company as
a candidaIe Ior a common kAW sIandard IhaI boIh camera and
soIIware manuIacIurers can adopI. MosI phoIographers believe
IhaI Ihe new IormaI is a sIep in Ihe righI direcIion as iI brings
compaIibiliIy and sIabiliIy Io Ihe area along wiIh Ihe assurance IhaI
your raw hles will be able Io be opened long aIIer your camera has
gone by Ihe wayside.
1o coincide wiIh Ihe new IormaI Adobe provided a Iree conversion
uIiliIy (Ihe Adobe DNG converIer) IhaI can converI mosI common
raw Iile IormaIs Io Ihe new deIaulI sIandard. kecenI upgrades oI boIh
PhoIoshop,PhoIoshop LlemenIs and Adobe Camera kaw (Adobe's own
raw converIer) now also mean IhaI all programs are DNG compaIible.
ln Ihe pasI Iew monIhs Leica,Rasselblad,kicoh and Samsung have all
released cameras IhaI capIure naIively in Ihe DNG IormaI.
GeI your Iree DNG converIer here:
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y repIacing the ñIe browser feature found in previous
versions of Photoshop with the fuII feature 8ridge
appIication, Adobe changed the way picture ñIes were
handIed. 8ridge is not just a tooI for viewing your photos, it is
a key technoIogy in managing, sorting and enhancing those
ñIes. 1his pivotaI roIe is never more evident than when one is
managing kAW ñIes. Here we wiII Iook at some of the ways
that you can bring order to your ñIes using 8ridge.
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Keywords are slngle word descrlpLlons oí Lhe conLenL oí
lmage íles. MosL phoLo llbrarles use keywords as parL oí Lhe
way Lhey locaLe lmages wlLh speclíc conLenL. 1he words are
sLored ln Lhe meLadaLa assoclaLed wlLh Lhe plcLure. Users
can allocaLe, edlL and creaLe new keywords (and keyword
caLegorles) uslng Lhe Keywords panel ln Lhe 8rldge browser
and llle lnío paleLLe ln lhoLoshop.
New keywords and keyword caLegorles (seL) can be added
Lo Lhe Keyword panel by cllcklng Lhe New Keyword SeL and
New Keyword buLLons aL Lhe boLLom oí Lhe panel. UnwanLed
seLs or keywords can be removed by selecLlng írsL and Lhen
cllcklng Lhe DeleLed buLLon. Unknown keywords lmporLed
wlLh newly downloaded or edlLed plcLures are sLored ln Lhe
panel under Lhe OLher Keywords seL.
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One oí Lhe many ways LhaL you can organlse Lhe raw íles LhaL
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Lo Lhe plcLure. ln CS2 Lhe labels opLlon ls supplled ln Lwo íorms
- a colour Lag, called a Label; or sLar raLlng, called a kaLlng.
LlLher or boLh label Lypes can be applled Lo any plcLure. 1he
label Lag can Lhen be used Lo sorL or locaLe lndlvldual plcLures
írom groups oí phoLos.
Labels andíor raLlngs are aLLached by selecLlng Lhe
Lhumbnall(s) ln Lhe workspace and Lhen chooslng Lhe deslred
label írom Lhe llsL under Lhe Label menu. Keyboard shorLcuLs
are also provlded íor each label opLlon maklng lL posslble Lo
culckly apply a label Lo a Lhumbnall or group oí Lhumbnalls.
Or you can culckly add sLar raLlngs by cllcklng beneaLh Lhe
Lhumbnall ln Lhe workspace.
Labels can also be aLLached Lo plcLures ln Adobe Camera
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sorLed and dlsplayed ln varlous ways.
8y deíaulL Lhe plcLures are dlsplayed ln ascendlng order
based on Lhelr ílenames buL 8rldge provldes a varleLy oí oLher
opLlons ln Lhe View : 5ort menu. MosL oí Lhe seLLlngs llsLed
here are selí-explanaLory. Once a sorL enLry ls selecLed Lhe
workspace ls auLomaLlcally updaLed and Lhe íles reordered.
ln addlLlon, Lhe íollowlng relaLed íeaLures exLend Lhe conLrol
LhaL you have over how your íles are dlsplayed:
L 1he Show opLlons ln Lhe vlew menu,
L1he kaLlngs and Labels íeaLures LogeLher wlLh Lhe ílLerlng
opLlons conLalned ln Lhe
drop-down menu aL Lhe
Lop rlghL oí Lhe 8rldge
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organlslng your plcLures ln
Lhe 8rldge workspace ls Lhe
huge range oí search opLlons
LhaL Lhen become avallable
Lo you. SelecLlng find írom
Lhe LdlL menu dlsplays Lhe
llnd dlalogue. Here you wlll
be able Lo nomlnaLe whaL
you wanL Lo search íor, Lhe
Row Io use 8ridge Io organise your kAW hles
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crlLerla íor Lhe search,
whlch íolder you wanL Lo
search ln, whaL Lype oí
meLadaLa Lo search and
ínally whaL Lo do wlLh Lhe
plcLures LhaL maLch Lhe
search crlLerla.
1o locaLe plcLures wlLh
speclíc keywords, lnpuL
Lhe LexL lnLo Lhe llnd
íeaLure ln 8rldge, seLLlng
Keywords as Lhe locaLlon
íor Lhe search.
1o íorm a search based
on a raLlng level selecL Lhe
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choose kaLlng, ecual Lo,
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1he MeLadaLa panel ln 8rldge dlsplays a varleLy oí lníormaLlon
abouL your plcLure. Some oí Lhls deLall ls creaLed aL Llme oí
capLure and oLher parLs are added as Lhe íle ls edlLed. 1he
meLadaLa lncludes llle lroperLles, ll1C (copyrlghL and capLlon
deLalls), LXll (camera daLa), GlS (navlgaLlonal daLa írom a
global poslLlonlng sysLem), Camera kaw seLLlngs and LdlL
HlsLory. 1o dlsplay Lhe conLenLs
oí each meLadaLa caLegory
cllck on Lhe slde-arrow Lo Lhe
leíL oí Lhe caLegory headlng.
1he daLa dlsplayed ln Lhls
paleLLe, such as Lhe copyrlghL,
descrlpLlon, auLhor and
capLlon lníormaLlon, can be
edlLed here or vla Lhe fiIe : fiIe
Info dlalogue ln lhoLoshop,
and Lhe range oí conLenL Lypes
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MeLadaLa lreíerences ln 8rldge.
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1he meLadaLa opLlons ln CS2 also allow users Lo creaLe and
apply groups oí meLadaLa seLLlngs Lo lndlvldual or groups oí
íles. 1he seLLlngs are creaLed, saved and applled as a meLadaLa
LemplaLe. 1hls really speeds up Lhe managemenL oí Lhe many
íles Laken durlng shooLlng sesslons, all oí whlch need Lo have
shooL, locaLlon, cllenL and copyrlghL deLalls aLLached.
1o creaLe a LemplaLe, open an example lmage ln lhoLoshop
and Lhen dlsplay Lhe llle lnío dlalogue. Add your own deLalls
and lníormaLlon lnLo Lhe edlLable areas oí Lhe varlous daLa
secLlons ln Lhe dlalogue.
NexL, selecL Lhe 5ave Metadata 1empIate opLlon írom Lhe
pop-up menu LhaL appears aíLer presslng Lhe sldeways arrow
aL Lhe Lop rlghL oí Lhe dlalogue.
1he new LemplaLe wlll be added Lo Lhls menu, allowlng you
Lo easlly append exlsLlng deLalls ln lhoLoshop by openlng Lhe
plcLure's llle lnío dlalogue and selecLlng Lhe LemplaLe írom
Lhe pop-up menu. 1he same LemplaLe can be applled Lo several
plcLures by mulLl-selecLlng Lhe Lhumbnalls and Lhen chooslng
Lhe deslred LemplaLe írom Lhe llsL avallable ln Lhe pop-up
menu ln Lhe MeLadaLa lanel ln 8rldge.
1he LemplaLe íles LhaL you creaLe are sLored ln XML íormaL
and are saved Lo a MeLadaLa 1emplaLes íolder ln DocumenLs
and SeLLlngs\User\AppllcaLlon DaLa\Adobe\XMl íor Wlndows
machlnes.
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phoIographers, oIIering Ihem greaIer conIrol over Ihe Ione and colour in Iheir
hles, buI unIorIunaIely Ihere is no one sIandard available Ior Ihe specihcaIion oI
how Ihese kaw hles are saved. Lach camera manuIacIurer has Iheir own ßavour
oI raw hle IormaI. 1his can make Ihe long-Ierm managemenI oI such hles a
liIIle Iricky. WhaI happens, Ior insIance, iI over Iime Ihe specihc IormaI used by
your camera Ialls ouI oI Iavour and is no longer supporIed by Ihe ma|or ediIing
packages? Will you be able Io access
your picIure conIenI in Ihe IuIure?
Adobe developed Ihe DNG or DigiIal
NegaIive hle Iype Io help promoIe
a common kaw IormaI IhaI can be
used Ior archival as well as ediIing and
enhancemenI purposes. 1he company
hopes IhaI Ihe specihcaIion will be
adopIed by Ihe ma|or manuIacIurers
and provide a degree oI compaIibiliIy
and sIabiliIy Io Ihe raw IormaI area. AI
Ihe momenI Rasselblad, Leica, kicoh and
Samsung have all produced cameras
IhaI capIure in Ihe DNG IormaI, wiIh
more predicIed Io Iollow.
Adobe has included DNG ouIpuI
opIions in boIh PhoIoshop CS2 and
PhoIoshop LlemenIs 4.0 and also
provides a DNG converIer IhaI can
change many proprieIary camera kaw
IormaIs direcIly Io DNG. 1he converIer is Iree and can be downloaded Irom
www.adobe.com.
ln addiIion Io providing a common kaw hle IormaI, Ihe DNG specihcaIion
includes a lossless compression opIion which will help reduce Ihe space Iaken
up wiIh Ihe Ihousands oI images IhaI phoIographers accumulaIe.
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5aving to DNC from Adobe Camera kaw
1o save your kaw hles in Ihe DNG IormaI selecI Ihis
opIion as Ihe hle Iype when saving Irom Ihe Adobe
Camera kaw uIiliIy.
Using the DNC converter
MulIiple hles can be converIed Io Ihe DNG IormaI
using Ihe Iree DNG ConverIer, available as a download
Irom www.adobe.com. AIIer launching Ihe uIiliIy,
selecI Ihe Source and desIinaIion direcIories and
deIermine Ihe name and exIension Io be used wiIh Ihe
converIed hles.
1he lasI seIIing in Ihe dialogue is Ihe Change
PreIerences buIIon. Click here Io alIer Ihe deIaulI
seIIings used Ior Ihe conversion. 1he laIesI version oI
Ihe converIer oIIers Ihe opIion Io embed Ihe original
kAW hle wiIhin Ihe dng conversion. 1his acIion will
cause Ihe resulIanI hle Io be larger, as iI will conIain
Iwo Iorms oI Ihe picIure, buI you geI an added sense oI
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righI clicking, Ihen selecIing
Open in Camera kaw. 1his
new CS2 only open allows
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Ihe conversions Iake place
wiIhouI Ihe need Io share
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SLarLlng ln Lhe lhoLo 8rowser or Organlzer workspace ln
lhoLoshop LlemenLs, slmply rlghL cllck on Lhe Lhumbnall oí
Lhe kAW íle and selecL Go Lo SLandard LdlL írom Lhe pop-up
menu Lo Lransíer Lhe íle Lo Lhe LlemenLs' verslon oí ACk ln Lhe
LdlLor workspace.
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daunting. Here, we walk you Lhrough Lhe process wlLh
whaL ls arguably Lhe mosL wldely used converslon
soíLware - Adobe Camera kaw (ACk). lL comes ln Lwo sllghLly
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Once you have downloaded your kAW íles írom camera Lo
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noL ln Lhe íull-colour kG8 íormaL we are used Lo, so írsL you
need Lo open Lhe plcLure lnLo a converslon uLlllLy or program.
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Lool, cllck and drag a sLralghL llne along an edge ln Lhe phoLo
LhaL ls meanL Lo be horlzonLal or verLlcal. Upon releaslng Lhe
mouse buLLon ACk creaLes a crop marcuee around Lhe phoLo.
¥ou wlll noLlce LhaL Lhe marcuee ls roLaLed so LhaL Lhe edges
are parallel Lo Lhe llne LhaL was drawn wlLh Lhe SLralghLen
Lool. When you exlL ACk by savlng or openlng (lnLo lhoLoshop)
Lhe plcLure, Lhe roLaLed crop ls applled.
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Lool, Lhen cllck and drag Lo draw a marcuee around Lhe plcLure
parLs you wanL Lo reLaln. Use Lhe slde and corner handles on
Lhe marcuee Lo adíusL Lhe slze and shape oí Lhe selecLed area.
1he crop ls applled upon exlLlng Lhe ACk dlalogue. lredeíned
crop íormaLs are accessed by cllck and holdlng Lhe Crop Lool
buLLon. 1here's also a CusLom opLlon where you can deslgn
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LhaL ls meanL Lo
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grey and ln Lhe process Lhe resL oí Lhe lmage wlll be balanced.
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and ls noL a blown or specular hlghllghL.
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AdíusL Lhe brlghLness wlLh Lhe Lxposure sllder. 1he
seLLlngs are ln l-sLop lncremenLs; a + J.00 seLLlng ls eculvalenL
Lo lncreaslng exposure by J í-sLop. Use Lhls sllder Lo peg or seL
Lhe whlLe Lones. ¥our alm ls Lo llghLen Lhe hlghllghLs wlLhouL
cllpplng (converLlng Lhe plxels Lo pure whlLe) Lhem. 1o do Lhls,
hold down AlLíOpLlon whlle movlng Lhe sllder. 1hls prevlews
Lhe phoLo wlLh Lhe plxels belng cllpped agalnsL a black
background. Move Lhe sllder back and íorLh unLll no cllpped
plxels appear buL Lhe hlghllghLs are as whlLe as posslble.
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1he Shadows slider adusIs Ihe
shadow areas oI Ihe image. Again
Ihe aim is Io darken Ihese Iones
buI noI Io converI (or clip) delicaIe
deIails Io pure black. As wiIh Ihe
Lxposure slider, Ihe AlI/OpIion
key can be pressed while making
Shadows ad|usImenIs Io preview
Ihe pixels being clipped. Or use Ihe
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areas and smaller íumps ln Lhe
hlghllghLs. ln so dolng Lhls sllder
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(or shadows). 1hls ls why lL ls
lmporLanL Lo seL whlLe and black
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1he ConLrasL sllder concenLraLes
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Sharpenlng should be applled as Lhe very lasL sLep ln
Lhe edlLlng process and Lhe seLLlngs used need Lo maLch Lhe
Lype oí ouLpuL Lhe phoLo ls desLlned íor. 1hls means lmages
LhaL are noL golng Lo be edlLed aíLer kAW converslon should
be sharpened wlLhln ACk, buL plcLures LhaL are golng Lo be
enhanced íurLher should be sharpened laLer uslng Lhe speclallsL
ílLers ln lhoLoshop and LlemenLs. 1he sharpenlng conLrol ln
ACk ls based on Lhe Unsharp Mask ílLer and provldes an easy
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lmage unsharpened and hlgher values lncrease Lhe sharpenlng
eííecL based on kadlus and 1hreshold values LhaL ACk
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Movlng Lhe sllder Lo Lhe rlghL lncreases saLuraLlon, wlLh a value
oí +J00 belng a doubllng oí Lhe colour sLrengLh íound aL a
seLLlng oí 0. keduce saLuraLlon by movlng Lhe sllder Lo Lhe leíL,
wlLh a value oí -ff produclng a monochrome lmage.
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Lumlnance SmooLhlng and Color Nolse keducLlon sllders are
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ACk conLalns Lwo nolse-reducLlon conLrols. 1he
Lumlnance SmooLhlng sllder reduces Lhe appearance oí
greyscale nolse - useíul íor lmprovlng lmages LhaL appear
gralny. 1he second Lype oí nolse ls Lhe random coloured plxels
LhaL Lyplcally appear ln phoLos Laken wlLh a hlgh lSO seLLlng
or a long shuLLer speed. 1hls ls reíerred Lo as Chroma nolse
and ls reduced uslng Lhe Color Nolse keducLlon sllder ln ACk.
1he nolse reducLlon eííecL oí boLh íeaLures ls lncreased as Lhe
sllders are moved Lo Lhe rlghL. When uslng Lhese Lools, zoom
ln Lo Lhe lmage (aL leasL J00/) and check Lhe resulLs oí your
seLLlngs ln lmporLanL areas oí deLalls.
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(lCC proíle), Lhe lmage slze (malnLaln capLure dlmenslons
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(plxels per lnch or plxels per cenLlmeLre). NoLe: 1he lhoLoshop
LlemenLs verslon oí ACk only conLalns Lhe Colour DepLh
ouLpuL opLlon.
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1he lasL sLep ls Lo apply Lhe changes. 1hls can be done ln
a varleLy oí ways. 1he mosL baslc opLlon ls Lo process Lhe kAW
íle accordlng Lo Lhe seLLlngs selecLed, Lhen open Lhe plcLure lnLo
Lhe edlLlng workspace oí lhoLoshop or LlemenLs. LlemenLs users
slmply selecL Lhe OK buLLon and lhoLoshop aíclonados cllck Lhe
Open buLLon. SelecL Lhls rouLe lí you lnLend Lo edlL Lhe lmage
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íor íasL processlng oí mulLlple íles wlLhouL Lhe need Lo open
Lhem ln lhoLoshop. 1he same íuncLlonallLy ls noL avallable íor
LlemenLs users. lnsLead Lhey wlll need Lo open (cllck Lhe OK
buLLon) Lhe converLed íle ln Lhe edlLor workspace and Lhen
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sharpness, next Iet's now Iook at some more speciaIised
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lhoLoshop. lL conLalns a graph-based workspace wlLh a llghL
grey hlsLogram prevlew oí Lhe plcLure's Lones and a sLralghL
llne LhaL represenLs Lhe relaLlonshlp beLween lnpuL values and
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such íne-Lunlng sLeps can be applled Lo kaw íles íusL as easlly
as sLandard lSD, !lLG or 1lll lmages. 1he íeaLure ls locaLed
under Lhe Curve Lab ln Lhe SeLLlngs area oí Lhe ACk dlalogue.
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Curve drop down menu or creaLe Lhelr own 'cusLom' seLLlngs.
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Lhen cllck-dragglng Lhe polnL Lo a new poslLlon Lo alLer Lhe
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1he verslon oí Adobe Camera kaw ln lhoLoshop CS2 lncludes
many new íeaLures lncludlng Lhe ablllLy Lo open and process
mulLlple raw íles aL Lhe same Llme. lrevlous verslons oí
Lhe uLlllLy as well as Lhe verslon LhaL shlps wlLh lhoLoshop
LlemenLs are only able Lo work on one íle aL a Llme.
1o process several íles aL once, mulLl-selecL Lhelr
Lhumbnalls ln Lhe 8rldge workspace and Lhen selecL fiIe :
Dpen with Camera kaw (AlLíOpLlon k). 1he írsL selecLed íle ls
prevlewed ln Lhe ACk workspace and hlghllghLed ln Lhe sllde
Lable secLlon (leíL) oí Lhe dlalogue. 1he resL oí Lhe plcLures are
also dlsplayed here ln Lhumbnall íorm.
1o process Lhe íles slmply cllck on each Lhumbnall ln Lurn,
maklng your enhancemenLs uslng Lhe sllder conLrols and
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1lnL sllders, Adobe Camera kaw also conLalns a seL oí colour
speclíc conLrols grouped under Lhe CallbraLe Lab ln Lhe
SeLLlngs secLlon oí Lhe dlalogue. 1hough daunLlng Lo sLarL
wlLh, Lhe opLlons here provlde an amazlng amounL oí conLrol
and are used by many pros Lo 'proíle' Lhe way LhaL Lhe colour
írom Lhelr cameras ls lnLerpreLed by Lhe raw converLer. 1hls
ls parLlcularly useíul íor bulldlng a proíle íor neuLrallslng Lhe
casLs ln lmages shoL under mlxed arLlíclal llghLlng condlLlons.
1he process lnvolves phoLographlng a MacbeLh Color
Checker reíerence board under Lhe llghLlng condlLlons LhaL are
Lyplcal íor Lhe scene. 1he kAW íle ls Lhen opened lnLo Adobe
Camera kaw and Lhe colour and Lones oí Lhe capLured íle ls
adíusLed Lo maLch Lhe 'Lrue' values oí Lhe paLches. 1he kG8
values LhaL each paLch should be (ln a varleLy oí colour spaces)
can be obLalned írom 8ruce Llndbloom's greaL webslLe (www.
brucellndbloom.com). 1hese synLheLlc values wlll acL as a
reíerence when maklng your adíusLmenLs.
SLarL by seLLlng a baslc whlLe balance by cllcklng onLo Lhe
llghL grey paLch oí Lhe Color Checker wlLh ACk's WhlLe 8alance
Lool. NexL use Lhe Lxposure and Shadow sllders Lo adíusL Lhe
conLrasL oí Lhe lmage. Use Lhe Color Sampler Lool Lo check Lhe
paLch values ln Lhe kaw prevlew agalnsL Lhose synLheLlc values
íound on Llndbloom's slLe.
NexL swlLch Lo Lhe CallbraLe Lab and use Lhe sllders Lo sLarL
Lo adíusL Lhe colour oí Lhe LesL paLches. Agaln your alm ls Lo
maLch as closely as posslble Lhe capLured (sampled írom Lhe
prevlew) values wlLh Lhe synLheLlc values oí Lhe colour checker.
Movlng one sllder wlll noL only aííecL lLs colour buL also Lhe
value oí Lhe oLher Lwo. MaLchlng Lhe Lwo values ls a process
oí adíusL, check and Lhen adíusL agaln buL once compleLed Lhe
ínal colour seLLlngs can be saved as a new seLLlngs subseL and
applled Lo all phoLos Laken under Lhe same llghLlng condlLlons.
shoL aL Lhe same Llme under Lhe same llghLlng condlLlons, Lhe
enhancemenL process ls even culcker. SLarL by adíusLlng
Lhe seLLlngs íor Lhe írsL phoLo ln Lhe serles. NexL choose Lhe
SelecL All buLLon aL Lhe Lop leíL oí Lhe dlalogue (you can also
mulLl-selecL speclíc Lhumbnalls) and Lhen cllck Sychronlze.
ACk Lhen dlsplays Lhe Synchronlze dlalogue where you can
selecL Lhe speclíc enhancemenLs LhaL you wanL Lo apply Lo all
selecLed lmages. Cllck OK Lo exlL Lhe dlalogue and apply Lhe
changes Lo Lhe Lhumbnalls. lress Lhe Save or Done buLLons Lo
apply Lhe changes Lo Lhe phoLos.
And remember LhaL Lhe enhancemenLs have noL been
applled permanenLly - you can always reopen Lhe raw íle and
change Lhe seLLlngs or even remove Lhe enhancemenLs all
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that are stiII in the beta stage of production. After aII,
the feature set and interface design can change, and
probabIy wiII, before the program is ñnaIIy reIeased. 8ut Adobe's
new raw workñow product is different. Why?
Well írsL, lL's a publlc beLa, so you have Lhe chance Lo play wlLh
Lhls new Lechnology and even conLrlbuLe Lo lLs developmenL.
LlghLkoom also provldes us wlLh a unlcue vlslon oí raw íle
processlng, manlpulaLlon and managemenL. 1he íuLure ls belng
íorged now and we wanL you Lo know abouL lL.
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lhoLoshop ls a complex beasL. lL's noL LhaL Lhe lndlvldual íeaLures
are coníuslng ln Lhemselves (okay, some blLs are!), lL's when you
sLarL Lo layer and merge Lhem LogeLher. llrsL Llme users can be
daunLed by Lhe prospecL oí Lrylng even Lhe mosL baslc Lasks.
LlghLkoom on Lhe oLher hand, ls a decepLlvely slmple producL.
lL uses Lwo core Lechnologles: a relaLlonal daLabase, whlch sLores
your lmage deLalls, seLLlngs and meLadaLa and provldes searchlngí
caLalogulng opLlons - and Lhe Adobe Camera kaw englne, whlch
supplles Lhe lmage enhancemenL Lools.
Lven aL Lhls beLa sLage lL íeels llke a well deslgned, sLreamllned
phoLographer's work Lool. Adobe's englneers have dlsLllled Lhe
core power and íeaLures oí boLh Lhe workíow and raw converslon
elemenLs oí lhoLoshop and packaged Lhem lnLo a new lnLeríace.
1here are íeaLures llke Lhe 1one Curve LhaL are pure lhoLoshop, buL
even such íamlllar conLrols have been glven a makeover, provldlng
cusLomlsaLlon opLlons way beyond whaL ls currenLly avallable. 1he
addlLlon oí new conLrols llke SpllL 1onlng and HSL Color 1unlng
make Lhls an exclLlng addlLlon Lo Adobe's llne up.
And dld l menLlon LhaL Lhese enhancemenL Lools never change
Lhe orlglnal plxels capLured` 1he whole workíow ls lossless (le
non-desLrucLlve). lmage enhancemenL and converslon seLLlngs
are sLored separaLely Lo Lhe orlglnal lmage daLa and are Lhen used
Lo generaLe screen prevlews, prlnL ouLpuL and Lhe screen-based
slldeshows oí Lhe íles.
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1he module menu
appears aL Lhe Lop oí
Lhe screen and noL only
llsLs Lhe opLlons avallable
buL also hlghllghLs Lhe
one currenLly selecLed.
AL Lhe momenL Lhere are
íour modules lncluded
ln LlghLkoom (Llbrary,
Develop, Slldeshow, lrlnL)
buL, glven Lhe modular
naLure oí Lhe program,
don'L be surprlsed lí oLher
opLlons become avallable
ln Lhe íuLure.
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1he rlghL hand panel holds Lhe
seLLlngs conLrols avallable íor
Lhe currenL module. ln Llbrary mode
lL dlsplays some culck adíusLmenL
opLlons, ln Lhe Develop module Lhe
panel conLalns Lhe compleLe seL oí
enhancemenL conLrols and ln Lhe
Slldeshow and lrlnL modules lL
houses layouL and ouLpuL seLLlngs.
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1he menu bar
provldes access
Lo sLandard menu
commands buL, llke
mosL screen elemenLs
ln Lhe LlghLkoom
lnLeríace, Lhls Loo can
be hldden írom vlew
and resLored when
needed. !
1he leíL panel's role changes dependlng on whlch module or
mode you are ln. 1he example screen shoL shows LlghLkoom
ln Lhe Llbrary mode whlch ls prlmarlly deslgned íor managlng
your phoLos and organlslng your shooLs. So here you wlll see
LhaL Lhls secLlon oí Lhe screen houses Search, CollecLlon, vlew
and Llbrary opLlons. lí you swlLch Lo Lhe Develop, Slldeshow
or lrlnL modules, Lhe conLenLs changes Lo dlsplay preseL and
saved opLlons seLLlngs.
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locaLed aL Lhe boLLom
oí Lhe screen and dlsplays
all Lhe lmages írom Lhe
currenLly selecLed Llbrary.
lndlvldual plcLures or
groups oí lmages can
be selecLed írom Lhe
ílmsLrlp ln any module.
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ln Lhe deíaulL seLLlng íor Lhe Llbrary
module, Lhe maln workspace dlsplays
an enlarged prevlew oí Lhe plcLure selecLed
ln Lhe ílmsLrlp. A slngle mouse cllck on Lhe
lmage zooms Lhe plcLure Lo and íro a J:J
magnlícaLlon seLLlng. lmages can be vlewed
ln Grld (llke a sorLlng area on a sllde box),
Loupe (enlarged Lo J:J) or Compare (slde by
slde comparlsons oí mulLlple phoLos) modes
whlle ln Lhe llbrary mode. ln Slldeshow
and lrlnL modes Lhe workspace dlsplays a
prevlew oí Lhe lmages as Lhey wlll appear on
screen or on Lhe prlnLed page.
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1he Develop module ls Lhe nexL sLep ln Lhe LlghLroom workíow
and ls cenLral Lo all enhancemenL changes LhaL are applled
Lo your phoLos. !usL llke when you are worklng ln Lhe Adobe
Camera kaw dlalogue, Lhe enhancemenL seLLlngs and conLrols
are grouped ln a panel on Lhe rlghL oí Lhe wlndow and a prevlew
oí Lhe lnLerpolaLed raw íle ls also lncluded. New íor LlghLroom
ls a lreseLs 8rowser panel (below rlghL) LhaL houses ready-made
converslon seLLlngs as well as Lhose creaLed and saved by Lhe
user. 1he speed wlLh whlch Lhese seLLlngs can be applled and Lhe
prevlew lmage updaLed ls really lmpresslve.
Develop conLalns íamlllar ACk conLrols such as WhlLe 8alance,
Lxposure, shadows (now called 8lacks), 8rlghLness, ConLrasL,
DeLall (sharpness and nolse), Lens CorrecLlon (írlnglng and
vlgneLLlng) and Camera CallbraLlon. 1hese conLrols work ln a
slmllar íashlon Lo Lhelr counLerparLs ln ACk buL íeaLures such
as Lhe Lone curve have galned a LlghLroom makeover. Now lL ls
posslble noL only Lo manlpulaLe Lhe shape oí Lhe curve manually
(cllck and drag) buL also make Lhese adíusLmenLs vla new sllder
conLrols. WlLh Lhese you can seL hlghllghL and shadow cllp polnLs,
adíusL conLrasL and brlghLness and also compress or sLreLch
speclíc ranges oí Lones ln Lhe lmage. 1hls new Compresslon
sllder provldes real power íor Lhose phoLographers who llke Lo
push Lhe Lones around ln Lhelr lmages.
ln addlLlon Lo reworklng íeaLures llke Lhe Lone curve, Develop
also conLalns brand new conLrols. We now have a dedlcaLed
greyscale converslon Lool called Lhe Greyscale Mlxer, a Hue
SaLuraLlon and LlghLness conLrol, and a greaL SpllL 1onlng íeaLure
LhaL makes creaLlng cool cross-processlng eííecLs a breeze.
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All lmage managemenL sLarLs wlLh Lhe
Llbrary module. Here you lmporL your
phoLos, arrange Lhem ln collecLlons,
add keywords, search your llbrary or
browse lndlvldual shooLs. All Lhls acLlvlLy
ls handled wlLh Lhe opLlons ln Lhe leíL
hand panel whlle ln Lhe workspace you
can vlew your lmages ln magnlíed
Loupe mode, slde by slde Compare mode
or Grld mode. One Lhlng LhaL you wlll
noLlce lmmedlaLely ls Lhe speed wlLh
whlch you can edlL, raLe and label your
plcLures. Unllke oLher browser producLs,
LlghLkoom ls noL as Lled down Lo Lhe
operaLlng sysLem íle sLrucLure as ls
normally Lhe case. When you lmporL
phoLos írom a shooL, Lhe program
generaLes lLs own organlsaLlonal
sLrucLure (relaLlonal daLabase) LhaL
noL only malnLalns Lhe managemenL
cholces you make (raLlng, addlng
meLadaLa eLc) buL also holds Lhe raw
processlng seLLlngs you choose. 1hough
exposure, brlghLness and conLrasL can
be culckly adíusLed here uslng Lhe
seLLlngs ln Lhe Qulck Develop secLlon Lhe
maíorlLy oí enhancemenL changes are
made ln Lhe nexL parL oí Lhe process.
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Lven Lhough LlghLroom ls ln a beLa sLage you can geL a good
lndlcaLlon oí how Lhe ínal producLlon program wlll look, íeel
and, more lmporLanLly, íuncLlon. Adobe says LhaL a new beLa
ls belng released every slx weeks or so, and as we go Lo press
l noLlce LhaL beLa 2 has íusL been announced. And yes, Adobe ls
llsLenlng Lo Lhe commenLs made on Lhe íorum. 1hls new beLa
conLalns a Crop Lool and ls ln a Unlversal 8lnary íormaL whlch
means LhaL lL can run on Lhe new lnLel-based MaclnLoshes.
WlLh promlses oí more reínemenL as Lhe beLa program
progresses, and a Wlndows verslon Lo íollow culckly,
LlghLroom ls a slgn oí Lhe way LhaL kAW processlng wlll be
handled ln Lhe íuLure.
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µreserlalicr cµlicrs llal car le ctlµtl ir |Dl,
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lí you llke, you can ouLpuL your
phoLos as a presenLaLlon. 1he
presenLaLlon opLlons can be íound
ln Lhe Slldeshow module where you
can layouL and secuence a group
oí lmages Lhen produce Lhem
as a lDl presenLaLlon, H1ML or
llash webslLe. When selecLlng Lhe
Slldeshow module Lhe conLenLs oí
Lhe rlghL panel change Lo opLlons
LhaL alLer Lhe seLLlngs íor your
presenLaLlon. Here you can adíusL
border and shadow opLlons as well
as Lhe layouL and any overlay used
íor each sllde. 1he producLlon can
be prevlewed by presslng one oí
Lhe vCk Lype conLrols or llay and
lrevlew buLLons aL Lhe boLLom oí
Lhe panel. OuLpuL Lhe slldeshow ln
one oí Lhe Lhree íormaLs wlLh Lhe
LxporL command.
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llsLens Lo Lhe suggesLlons oí lLs users,
Lhen Lhe LlghLroom lrlnL module ls a
conírmaLlon LhaL Lhey do. Here ln Lhe one
dlalogue are all Lhe conLrols LhaL you need
Lo ouLpuL conLacL sheeLs, prlnL packages
as well as lndlvldual prlnLs. 1he rlghL panel
conLalns prlnL and layouL seLLlngs. 1he
mlddle oí Lhe screen conLalns a prevlew
oí Lhe phoLos as Lhey wlll appear on Lhe
prlnLed page; and on Lhe leíL you have a
range oí LemplaLe preseLs and Lhe ablllLy
Lo save your own prlnL layouLs.
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Adobe LighIroom is |usI Ihe laIesI enIry Io Ihe kAW processing arena.
Rere's a selecIion oI oIher kAW ediIing programs currenIly available
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kAW SH001£k
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llxmanLec kaw ShooLer ls shlpped ln Lwo dlííerenL Wlndows
verslons: a íree llghL edlLlon called LssenLlals 200S (a wlnner ln
Lhe WDC Awards) and a beeíer proíesslonal release, lremlum
200ô. 1he core Lechnology beLween Lhem ls Lhe same buL Lhe
íree verslon has a smaller enhancemenL and edlLlng íeaLure seL.
kaw ShooLer ls as much a kAW workíow Lool as a
converslon uLlllLy. Users can download, browse (wlLh greaL
speed), edlL, correcL and converL lndlvldual as well as baLches
oí kAW íles. A recenL addlLlon ls a new Colour Lnglne module,
whlch acLs as a plug-ln íor Lhe lremlum edlLlon and helps Lo
provlde beLLer colour accuracy.
AD08£ CAM£kA kAW
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lhctcshcp anJ lhctcshcp llements
Deslgned as a plug-ln íor boLh lhoLoshop, 8rldge and
LlemenLs, Lhe Adobe kAW converLer sLarLs when you open a
kAW íle írom lnslde elLher program. 1he blg plus wlLh Lhls
edlLor ls LhaL lL's íasL, easy Lo use, has a greaL prevlew, ls well
lald ouL and works írom lnslde Lhe klng oí dlglLal lmaglng
soíLware. No need Lo process Lhe kAW íle ln one program
and Lhen open Lhe processed íle ln lhoLoshop Lo ínlsh Lhe
edlLlng íob. 1he LranslLlon beLween kAW converslon program
and lhoLoshop ls smooLh and eííorLless and ln Lhe laLesL
verslon many oí Lhe enhancemenL Lasks can be applled Lo
Lhe íle wlLhouL havlng Lo pass lL Lo Lhe maln edlLlng space.
Nlk0N PlC1Uk£ Pk0I£C1
Nikon's PicIure Pro|ecI is supplied wiIh all oI iIs
DSLks and kAW-enabled bridge cameras. 1he
soIIware allows you Io browse kAW hles and save
as 1lll and !PLG, buI does noI allow you Io make
any ad|usImenIs.
Nlk0N CAP1Uk£ £Dl10k
¥o may have Io pay a premium Ior Nikon CapIure,
buI Ihe advanIage over PicIure Pro|ecI is immense:
you can change Ihe Iones, WhiIe 8alance and more,
as well as conIrol Ihe camera remoIely Irom Ihe
deskIop.
CAN0N PH010 Pk0f£SSl0NAl
lound on Ihe Canon SoluIions disk, PhoIo Pro
allows you Io view and ad|usI Ihe CkW or Ck hles
produced by Ihe Canon kAW-enabled cameras. Like
mosI oI Ihe proprieIary soIIware, Ihe laIesI version
is backwards compaIible.
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As a Iree suiIe Ihe Olympus MasIer soIIware is
preIIy darn good value Ior money. kAW images
can be browsed, ad|usIed, and saved Io oIher
IormaIs quickly and easily. LxIra money is needed Io
upgrade Io Olympus SIudio.
P£N1AX PH010 lA80kA10k¥
PenIax PhoIo Lab is similar Io Ihe oIher soIIware
menIioned, wiIh Ihe opIions Io browse, ad|usI and
alIer Ihe image. lmages can Ihen be converIed Io
1lll and !PLG.
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As well as allowing Ihe correcIions and ad|usImenIs
Io lu|ihlm .kAl hles, Ryper UIiliIy also allows
browsing oI images and, crucially, ad|usImenIs oI
Ihe S Pro's images'dynamic range via a slider in Ihe
conrol panel. 1he unique design oI Ihe sensor allows
precise conIrol oI highlighI and shadow deIail.
ÞreprIetary k^W scíLwarc (usua¦¦y supp¦ìcd wìLh Lhc cancra)
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1hls ls Lhe only edlLlng soíLware ln Lhe group LhaL uses NeuLral
NeLwork Lechnology ln Lhe lnLerpolaLlon oí kAW íles Lo creaLe
plcLures wlLh a balance beLween hlgh resoluLlon and low
nolse. 1he program provldes no less Lhan Lhree oLher meLhods
oí lnLerpolaLlon and an opLlon Lo vlew Lhe unprocessed 8ayer
paLLern as well. Sharpkaw can be used wlLh Canon, Nlkon,
MlnolLa, Kodak, luíl, Slgma, Sony, lenLax, ConLax and Olympus
generaLed íles.
1he program íeaLures Lhree dlííerenL meLhods íor auLo
whlLe balanclng, bullL-ln conLrols íor lens dlsLorLlon and colour
balance correcLlon, lmage reslzlng wlLh perspecLlve conLrol
levels and unsharp mask ílLer.
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8lbble provldes a culck and easy way Lo converL and enhance
kAW íles. lL supporLs Nlkon, luíl, Olympus, Kodak and Canon
cameras. lL can be used ln sLandalone mode or as a plug-ln íor
lhoLoshop, allowlng kAW íles Lo be opened írom Lhe program,
processed vla 8lbble and Lhen loaded back lnLo lhoLoshop.
lmage adíusLmenLs lnclude One cllck WhlLe balance,
advanced hlghllghL recovery, kG8 Color balance, HSv 8alance,
Hl-cuallLy lmage slze re-sampllng. lmage processlng ílLers
lnclude: 8lur, Sharpen, Medlan CuL and Unsharp mask.
8lbble comes ln lro and LlLe verslons and edlLlons LhaL are
sulLable íor Wlndows, MaclnLosh and Llnux plaLíorms.
CAP1Uk£ 0N£ S££
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WlLh supporL íor a range oí cameras lncludlng Lhe ablllLy Lo
drlve Lhe íamed lhase One dlglLal camera backs, Lhls soíLware
ls an lndusLry sLrengLh edlLor írom a company who has been aL
Lhe íoreíronL oí kAW capLure íor years. 1he soíLware provldes
clean and sharp resulLs. 1he program can be used wlLh Canon,
lenLax, Nlkon, luíl, Olympus, Lelca and Lpson cameras.
1he soíLware allows a range oí lmage adíusLmenLs such as
grey balance, levelsícurves, conLrasL, crop, slzlng, and unsharp
masklng Lo be carrled ouL ln one process wlLh lnsLanL íeedback
on Lhe screen. lor Lhe colour-consclous phoLographer Lhe Color
LdlL opLlon allows you Lo adíusL exlsLlng colour proíles dlrecLly.
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8reeze8rowser has long been assoclaLed wlLh Canon DSLk
cameras, buL Lhe soíLware has evolved Lo supporL a wlde
varleLy oí Nlkon, Olympus, Konlca MlnolLa and lenLax cameras
as well. UK-based soíLware auLhor, Chrls 8reeze, ls also
renowned íor Lhe level oí personal supporL provlded íor lL.
One oí Lhe obvlous dlííerences Lo Lhe oLher packages ls
LhaL lL can be used as an lmage-managemenL resource, wlLh
íasL Lhumbnalllng and prevlews, noL íusL kAW íles, buL !lLGs
and oLher lmage íle íormaLs. lL ls also avallable bundled wlLh
Downloader lro, whlch leLs you copy íles írom your camera
uslng personallsed namlng and sLorage preíerences.
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Slldeshow ls one oí Lhe new vlew modes avallable ln Lhe
8rldge workspace.
SelecLlng Lhls opLlon creaLes an auLomaLlc selí-runnlng
slldeshow conLalnlng Lhe lmages ln Lhe currenL workspace
or Lhose mulLl-selecLed beíore chooslng Lhe íeaLure. lresslng
Lhe H key dlsplays a llsL oí commands LhaL can be used Lo
navlgaLe, edlL and adíusL Lhe slldeshow.
1hls íeaLure provldes a greaL way Lo culckly edlL and label
lmages LhaL you have íusL phoLographed. MulLl-selecL Lhe
phoLos wlLhln Lhe 8rldge workspace and Lhen cllck CtrI/
Command L Lo swlLch Lo Slldeshow vlew. As each oí Lhe
phoLographs are belng dlsplayed you can kaLe Lhe plcLures by
cllcklng Lhe number keys J - S or Label Lhem by presslng
ô - 9. Some phoLographers use Lhls approach wlLh Lhelr
cllenLs, lnLeracLlvely raLlng Lhe plcLures based on Lhe cllenL's
íeedback Lo Lhe sllde show.
P0k1A8l£ SllD£SH0WS
lí you need Lo send a serles oí phoLos Lo someone you
can creaLe a porLable slldeshow LhaL Adobe calls a lDl
lresenLaLlon. 1hls selí-runnlng slldeshow ls saved ln Lhe lDl or
Adobe AcrobaL íormaL and can be emalled or saved Lo a CD.
As beíore, sLarL Lhe process by mulLl-selecLlng Lhe phoLos
Lo be lncluded ln Lhe presenLaLlon írom Lhe Lhumbnalls lnslde
Lhe 8rldge workspace. NexL selecL Lhe lDl lresenLaLlon opLlon
írom Lhose llsLed ln Lhe 1ooIs : Photoshop menu. lhoLoshop
opens and Lhe lDl lresenLaLlon dlalogue ls Lhen dlsplayed.
Here you can add Lo Lhe íles selecLed or remove Lhem írom
Lhe llsL. NexL, selecL Lhe lresenLaLlon opLlon aL Lhe boLLom oí
Lhe dlalogue and adíusL Lhe Advance and 1ranslLlon seLLlngs
beíore cllcklng Lhe Save buLLon.
NomlnaLe a name and íolder íor Lhe presenLaLlon beíore
cllcklng Save íor a second Llme. Choose Lhe Screen kes seLLlng
írom Lhe lDl lreseLs dlalogue dlsplayed, Lhen press 5ave PDf.
lhoLoshop now does lLs maglc openlng, converLlng slzlng and
savlng Lhe plcLures ln Lhe presenLaLlon íormaL. 1he ínal resulL
can be vlewed ln Adobe's íree AcrobaL keader.
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ntiI recentIy the kAW ñIes were viewed as a
capture-onIy format, with the ñrst step in any
workñow being the conversion of the picture to
another ñIe type so that editing, enhancing and output
tasks couId be performed. I say recentIy because with the
reIease of products such as Lightroom from Adobe, it is no
Ionger necessary to change ñIe formats to move your pictures
further through the production workñow.
Lven 8rldge ls suííclenLly kAW enabled Lo allow you Lo
produce conLacL sheeLs, lDl presenLaLlons, llcLure lackages
and Web Gallerles all írom kAW orlglnals. ¥es, Lhe íles
are converLed as parL oí Lhe producLlon process íor Lhese
ouLcomes, buL l can llve wlLh Lhls lí lL means LhaL my preclous
plcs sLay as kAW íor more oí Lhe producLlon workíow.
So leL's look aL some oí Lhe ouLpuL opLlons LhaL are
avallable íor Lhe kAW phoLographer who wanLs Lo malnLaln
hls plcLure's kAW sLaLus íor longer.
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8ack when CS was hrsI released, Adobe evangelisI kussell 8rown developed Ihe lmage Processor Io
demonsIraIe Ihe power oI Ihe scripIing engine wiIhin PhoIoshop and aI Ihe same Iime Io provide a
very handy image conversion uIiliIy. Now Ihe lmage Processor is a permanenI parI oI boIh 8ridge and
PhoIoshop's IeaIure lineup.
1he uIiliIy is designed Io quickly converI a range oI kAW hles inIo !PLG, PSD and 1lll versions. 1here
is an opIion Io manually ad|usI Ihe kAW conversion seIIings Ior Ihe hrsI hle and Ihen apply Ihese
seIIings Io Ihe resI oI Ihe images. 1he uIiliIy can also rename, run a pre-saved acIion, add copyrighI
deIails and size aI Ihe same Iime as converIing beIween IormaIs, providing a IasI and eIhcienI
workßow Ior processing images IhaI have been capIured in a single session.
AIIer processing, Ihe hles are sIored in Ihree separaIe Iolders on your hard drive. 1o use Ihe uIiliIy,
selecI your raw hles Irom inside 8ridge and Ihen choose 1ooIs : Photoshop : Image Processor. SeI
Ihe locaIion where processed hles are Io be saved, Ihe hle Iype and any
associaIed seIIings (size, compression, colour prohle), add in copyrighI deIails
and Ihen choose any acIions Io apply Io Ihe hles.
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1he ConLacL SheeL opLlon ln lhoLoshop can be used írom
8rldge Lo prlnL 'prooí' sheeLs oí raw íles. 1humbnalls are
mulLl-selecLed írom Lhe 8rldge workspace beíore accesslng
Lhe uLlllLy vla 1ooIs : Photoshop. 1he opLlons conLalned ln
Lhe ConLacL SheeL dlalogue allow you Lo selecL Lhe number
oí columns oí lmage Lhumbnalls per page and Lhe conLenL oí
Lhe LexL labels LhaL are added. 1he page slze and orlenLaLlon
can also be chosen vla lage SeLup. lresslng Lhe OK buLLon
lnsLrucLs lhoLoshop Lo open each lmage ln Lurn, reslze lL and
Lhen poslLlon lL ln a new documenL ready íor prlnLlng.
PlC1Uk£ PACkAC£
1he mulLl lmage prlnLlng ldea ls exLended vla Lhe llcLure
lackage uLlllLy, also locaLed under Lhe 1ooIs : Photoshop menu
ln 8rldge. WlLh Lhls, you have Lhe opLlon oí laylng ouL several
lmages oí dlííerenL slzes on a slngle page. AlLernaLlvely you
can produce several coples oí Lhe same phoLo ln a range oí
LemplaLe deslgns. Use Lhls Lo puL LogeLher mulLl-prlnL pages
LhaL are desLlned íor cuLLlng up and presenLlng separaLely.
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UníorLunaLely 8rldge doesn'L conLaln a sLralghL prlnL opLlon
LhaL allows lndlvldual kAW íles Lo be prlnLed írom Lhe
workspace. 8uL Lhe SmarL ObíecL Lechnology released ln
lhoLoshop CS2 provldes a neaL workaround. SmarL ObíecLs are
a way oí embeddlng Lhe orlglnal íle wlLhln a speclal layer ln a
lhoLoshop documenL. SLarL
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plxel dlmenslons oí Lhe kAW
íle. SwlLch Lo lhoLoshop
and creaLe a new documenL
uslng Lhese dlmenslons ln
Lhe New DocumenL dlalogue.
NexL íump back Lo 8rldge
and cllck onLo Lhe Lhumbnall
oí Lhe kAW íle. Now SelecL
fiIe : PIace : In Photoshop.
8rldge opens lhoLoshop
Lhen dlsplays Lhe kAW íle
lnslde Lhe Adobe Camera
kaw dlalogue. Make
changes, buL you wlll be able
Lo readíusL Lhe kAW seLLlngs
laLer. Cllck Lhe Save buLLon and Lhen LnLeríkeLurn Lo place Lhe
kAW íle lnLo Lhe lhoLoshop documenL. NoLlce ln Lhe layers
paleLLe LhaL Lhe kAW plcLure has be placed as a speclal SmarL
ObíecL layer. 1he kAW íle ls now embedded lnLo Lhe lhoLoshop
documenL. 1o make changes Lo Lhe kAW seLLlngs, double cllck
on Lhe layer's Lhumbnall. 1hls acLlon dlsplays ACk allowlng you
Lo Lweak Lhe kAW seLLlngs.
lrlnLlng can now be handled
vla fiIe : Print with Preview.
NoLe: lull kAW workíow
producLs llke LlghLroom and
AperLure do conLaln dlrecL
prlnL opLlons.
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