Friday, February 25, 2011

RAW Advantage

"RAW rules!" is one of the daily chants at my workshops.
By Rick Sammon Published in Quick Fix
RAW Advantage


When you click Open Image, your image opens in Photoshop Elements, where you can further enhance an image. To check the brightness and the shadow/highlight area of an image, go to Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Levels. As you can see, my image lacked good highlights, indicated by a space at the right side of the histogram. To create a better, brighter image, I simply moved the Highlight slider to the left, just inside the histogram’s “mountain range.” Had my image lacked good shadows, I would have moved the Shadow slider (dark triangle) to the right. The basic histogram adjustment concept is to have the “mountain range” stretch across the width of the histogram window.


Want to try black-and-white? Go to Enhance > Convert to Black and White. You can select a Style and Adjust the Intensity. I chose Vivid Landscapes, and increased the Red setting because, just like a red filter on a film camera loaded with black-and-white film, it makes the sky go darker and look more intense. Play around with Black and White. It’s fun, and it’s cool that you can see the Before and After images.


Here’s my final black-and-white image. I like the color image, but this one looks cool to me, too.

Rick Sammon, a Photoshop World Hall of Fame nominee, has written extensively on digital imaging. See more of Rick’s work at

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