basic-camera-raw-7Lots of photographers tend to edit RAW photos, and those will definitely love the new Camera Raw 7 that has been updated in Photoshop CS6. Actually, it is quite similar to Lightroom 4 but I will explain you more here, why you should consider using Camera Raw 7.

After one takes a RAW pic to Photoshop, Camera Raw will open up automatically to start editing the image at once. Then you will notice that all the slide options in the sidebar are in the middle of their scale to adjust data as we never would have believed before. Sliders can be increased or decreased which means moving them left or right in order to retouch the photo.

In addition to Fill option and Recovery from past versions, CS6 has Shadows slider and Whites one as well. Histogram below will give you the idea of what needs to be adjusted.


There are blacks and shadows on the left, highlights and whites on the right. Brightness of the photo is situated in the middle part. As here you can see on histogram, the image is quite dark because shadows and blacks is high, therefore the right part is very low.


The image can be made brighter by increasing the Exposure. By moving the sliders to left and right, one can deal with the dark tones, shadows and brightness.


The Clarity slider in Camera Raw 7 helps to keep the picture details sharp and therefore not overdo it like before. Just to be sure, it is recommended not to use this option very heavily. You can move the slider just a bit in order to get best results. And after doing so, you can see the difference yourself, how Camera Raw has increased the quality of the image.


Whenever the function creates too much noise to the photo in the end, that is very usual thing actually, you can open up the Detail tab to use the noise reduction function. It will surely elaborate the whole process.


Also, be sure to add the Luminance feature a bit to decrease the noise if there is much of it. Even if some part of the pic seems to be gone more or less, it can be restored with the Luminance Detail button. And now the picture has no noise, but everything is there very well seen as supposed to.


We have come to the last part of this tutorial and this is the Adjustment Brush. It has been developed well for CS6. It now has additionally Highlights, Noise Reduction and Shadows buttons that one can slide to left and right. Basically, the Adjustment Brush can do quite the similar job as this tutorial has shown above, but the difference is you can now do everything to precise parts of the image. For example, if one needs to brighten a spot, its Highlights should be increased. When the adjustments are selected, it can be brushed over these parts which need to be modified.


This is more or less it. I suggest you try it in Photoshop CS6, read the tutorial all over again if necessary, or search for more information on the website to increase skills of Photoshopping.