BASIC EDITING WORKFLOW (with Adobe Bridge and Photoshop)
To begin, upload all of your RAW images from your camera SD card onto your computer and file them under the date or a keyword (for example: “Mexico_Nov2019”). Create a separate folder within that folder for your edited images (“Edited_Mexico_Nov2019”)
Select the image or images that you would like to edit.
Right click > select “Open With” > Photoshop
If you have access to Adobe Creative Cloud you can download Adobe Bridge by logging in to your Creative Cloud desktop application and selecting Bridge from the download list. It is free with your basic Photo editing subscription.
If you have Adobe Bridge, the images you selected to edit will open in Bridge before opening in Photoshop.
Once your image(s) have opened:
> Select the “Lens Correction” icon from the tool panel on the right side (it is the sixth icon across the top)
> Making sure you are on the “Profile” tab > select “Remove Chromatic Aberration” > Select “Enable Profile Corrections”
NOTE: You can manually enter the lens you made these images with for a more accurate correction. Under “Lens Profile” > Select your camera Make > Model > and Profile.
> If you have any vignetting on your image that you would like to correct:
Use the “Correction Amount” tool at the bottom of the panel > slide the “Vignetting” scale to mitigate lens shadow around the corer of your images.
NOTE: If you still have slight distortion and vignetting > Select the “Manual” tab at the top of the panel > Use the “Distortion” scale and “Vignetting” scale to make minor corrections
Next, select the “Detail” icon (third icon across the top)
> Under “Sharpening” > Increase “Amount” between +15 to +30 (this will effectively sharpen the image plane—use sparingly!).
If you have noise in your image:
> Under “Noise Reduction” > Increase “Luminance” scale (this will “smooth” any noise caused by a high ISO)
Next, select the “Basic” icon (first icon across the top):
> Increase “Clarity” scale between +10 to +17
> Increase “Saturation” scale between +5 to +10 (paying attention to your image quality)
Look at the histogram at the top of the image panel. If any of the teardrop shaped icons appear with a color, this means there is is “clipping” of the darkest or whitest point in your image.
To correct this, and to improve the overall range of tones in your image’s exposure:
> Increase or decrease the “Blacks” scale so that any clipping is mitigated, paying attention to image quality. For images with a lot of shadow or with a black backdrop, it is not always possible to “unclip” the shadow warning.
NOTE: You want the edges of the histogram to stretch from each side as close as possible to the “edge”, indicating a full range of tones.
> Increase or decrease the “Whites” scale, paying special attention to image quality. For images that are overexposed, it is not possible to “unclip” this warning.
> From the panel at top left, select the “White Balance” tool (it is the eye dropper shaped icon, third in from the left)
> If you have a white point in your image, use this tool to click on the whitest spot.
> If you do NOT have a white point, skip this step.
NOTE: Selecting the white point will correct your image’s color balance. Often, because this removes color cast (and the density of blue/warm tones) the exposure of your images will change. Return to the “White” and “Black” scale to make adjustments.
IF YOU NEED TO CROP:
> Select the “Crop Tool” from the top left sidebar
IF YOU NEED TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR IMAGE:
> Select the “Straighten Tool” from the top left sidebar. > Double click on your image to automatically straighten.
To manually straighten:
> Place the straight tool/arrow next to the line you would like to straighten > click and hold down, dragging the straight line next to the line in your image > the image should straighten > press “Enter” to accept
To Undo > File > Step Back (or “Undo”)
LAST STEP (in Bridge):
Select > “Open Image” (at bottom right corner)
The “Embedded Profile Mismatch” screen will appear > Select “Okay”
You are now in the Photoshop workspace!
Go to > “Image” (top of left action bar) > “Mode” > Select “16 Bits”
***If you would like to convert your image to black and white:
Go to > “Image” > “Mode” > Select “Grayscale”
This will remove the color profile from your image as opposed to desaturating, which masks or hides color.
> Go to > “Image” > “Adjustments” > Select “Curves” OR “Levels” (these effectively do the same thing)
NOTE: At this point, your image should be pretty close to perfect in terms of exposure and contrast after the corrections made in Bridge. Curves and Levels can help fine tune your exposure. If you do not have a white point, going through Curves/Levels can sometimes remove color cast.
> Select the “Preview” box
> Click on “Black Point” eyedropper tool at the bottom of the menu > hold down the “Option” key and hold the eyedropper tool over your image > while continuing to hold down the “Option” key, click on your image > continue to click into the black points until you can no longer do so.
> Release the “Option” key to view changes > un-click “Preview” to view before/after
> Select the “White Point” eyedropper tool > Repeat previous steps used for “Black Point”
> After viewing all changes > Accept all changes by clicking “OK” OR select “Cancel” to reject changes
TO SHARPEN AN IMAGE:
> Go to > Filter (top of grey action bar) > Sharpen > Sharpen Edges
TO CORRECT COLOR CAST:
> Go to > Image > Adjustments > Color Balance
> Select the “Preview” box
> Select “Shadows”, “Midtones”, and “Highlights” from the bottom (based on what tonal range your color cast is appearing in) > Increase the opposite color of the color you are wishing to edit out in your image > Uncheck “Preview” box to review changes > Select “Okay” or “Cancel”
AFTER ALL CHANGES ARE MADE:
Go to > File > Save As >
In the “Save As” dialogue menu:
> Rename You Image > Select from the dropbox menu the (“Edited_Mexico_Nov2019”) folder created earlier.
> From the “Format” dropdown menu > Select “Photoshop” > Check the “Embed Color Profile” box > SAVE
> Repeat the previous steps, selecting “TIFF” and finally “JPEG” from the Format dropdown if you are finished editing this image.
In your “Edited_Mexico_Nov2019” folder there should be (3) copies of the same image:
ALWAYS “SAVE AS” SO THAT YOU DON’T SAVE OVER YOUR ORIGINAL FILE!!