Using the Image Processor with RAW Files

You may want to save processed RAW format images to different file formats for different purposes. In fact, it's usually a very good idea to do this because you can automatically process all open files, selected files, or files in a particular folder for different purposes, such as JPEG files destined for a web gallery to be used for client approval TIF images at full or enhanced resolution for printed publication or for delivery to the client (you probably don't want to give away your trade...

Protecting Your Copyright with Watermarks

Many expert photographers are afraid to put their photos on the Web for fear they'll be stolen and then used without pay or be claimed as the work of someone else. But giving up web exposure for your photography means giving up one of best ways of becoming known (especially if your career is just starting) and of communicating with clients. Also, web graphics are highly compressed and merely 72 dpi in resolution, which is so low that, even if an image is easily stolen, its use is pretty much...

Figure 830 The Layer Styles palette and a water drop made with it Be sure to use the same or similar settings as shown

Make a variety of water drops in different sizes and shapes. Make them about twice the size that you're ever likely to need them. That way, you won't have to remake the set because you'll always have enough resolution. Keep the water drops in their own layered file so if you need them, you can just open the file alongside the target image and drag their layers to the target image. If you're really wise, turn them into Smart Objects. Then you can transform a single water drop in many different...

Back up RAW files to DVD

Up until now, the workflow procedure has been the same for both RAW and JPEG. At this point, however, you want to convert your proprietary RAW files to a more archival and universal RAW file format called Adobe DNG. If you shot JPEG, skip the backup procedure here and move on to the sections about naming and winnowing files. A few high-resolution digital camera backs (and possibly some upcoming Canon cameras according to current rumors) will shoot their RAW files in DNG format. If that's the...

Figure 435 The lowkey and highkey exposures of the same RAW file

Go to Bridge and open your image in Camera Raw. When you see the image in the Camera Raw workspace, press Cmd Ctrl-U until all the Auto checkboxes are turned off. Then create a low-key exposure, but don't worry too much about keeping detail in the shadows. The overall image should look as though it's about two stops underexposed. The most important thing is to be sure that you see plenty of detail in the Highlights. When you like what you see in the Preview window, click Open. Your low-key...

Converting to DNG

As I just mentioned, there is one nonproprietary RAW format that belongs to us all, even though it was invented by Adobe. It's called DNGshort for digital negative. It has more features than proprietary RAW files and may eventually become a universal format. Any future version of this format is promised to be backward compatible with older versions, so it is unlikely that your files will be orphaned by the discontinuance of their format. Furthermore, you can rest assured that virtually all...

Figure 41 The DNG Converter dialog

Here's the step-by-step process to save a DNG file 1. Download the converter and create a shortcut for your desktop. 2. Download the files from a shoot, put them into the same folder, and follow the naming conventions suggested in the Renaming Individual Files section in Chapter 3. 3. Go to your desktop and click the Adobe Digital Negative Converter icon. The dialog in Figure 4-1 will appear. 4. Click the Select Folder button to choose the folder of files you want to convert. If you've (for...

Figure 1236 The options in Photoshop Albums Web Photo Gallery dialog

Choose Banner from the Options tab or drop-down menu. In the Site Name field, enter the name as you want it to appear on your site. In the Photographer field, enter the name of the person or organization you would like to designate as the owner of the photo (e.g., yourself). You can actually enter any information you wish in any of the Banner Options fields. For instance, I put all my contact information in the Contact Info field, but if I want to include ordering instructions or comments about...

Figure 14 A finished contact sheet

Galleries are similar to the multiple-image Camera Raw view or the Slideshow mode of Bridge. That is, thumbnails of each image are shown on one side of the gallery, while a larger preview image appears on the other side whenever you click on a thumbnail. Chapter 12 discusses the particulars of how to create and prepare your images for a web gallery. Photoshop's built-in galleries, along with a few that are available from www.adobe.com, are the easiest to incorporate into your workflow. However,...

Figure 215 The Color Vision Spyder 2 monitor calibration interface

Although you can spend a small fortune on calibration, for a mere 89 you can buy a tool that will put you miles ahead of using the Adobe Gamma manual calibration software that comes with Photoshop or the ColorSync utility that comes with Mac OS X. Of course, if you don't have a spectrometer, at least make sure you're taking advantage of Adobe Gamma if you're a Windows user or ColorSync if you're on the Mac. If you feel like taking the spectrometer jump to instrumental calibration, the ColorSync...