The Power of the Camera RAW Filter

Camera RAW Filter. This filter allows you to edit any image or graphic in your PSD with the Camera RAW editor. Changing light, color, and tone all with a simple slider has never been easier! Also, if you’re just more comfortable using Lightroom or working in the Camera RAW editor, this is the way to bring those sliders into your PSD no matter what kind of image you’re working with.

1. Convert for Smart Filters

camera-raw-filter-photoshop-01 Before we can apply our Camera RAW filter, we need to convert our layer to a Smart Object by right-clicking on the layer and choosing “Convert to Smart Object.”

2. Launch Camera RAW

camera-raw-filter-photoshop-02 Go Filter>Camera Raw Filter to open that single layer in the Camera RAW editor.

3. Easy Temperature and Tint

camera-raw-filter-photoshop-03 One of my favorite things about the Camera RAW filter is the easy access to the Blue/Orange slider and the Green/Magenta slider which allow you to completely change the feel/mood of an image in seconds. There isn’t really a comparable set of sliders anywhere else in Photoshop. This is reason enough to use the Camera RAW filter.

4. Tonal Changes

camera-raw-filter-photoshop-04 I am also going through and making some tonal changes. Check out the video above to see my thinking behind all the changes that I am making in the Camera RAW dialog.

5. Camera RAW Sharpening

camera-raw-filter-photoshop-05 I actually don’t mind the sharpening that comes out of Camera RAW. It’s not tearing down the world, but it’s nothing to sneeze at either. I usually like to apply a little bit of sharpening here as a sort of first pass of sharpening before the image gets put back into Photoshop.

6. Manual Lens Correction

camera-raw-filter-photoshop-06 There is a difference in the lens correction that you can apply depending on whether you have a true RAW image from your camera and a JPEG or graphic that you have in Photoshop that you’re putting into Camera RAW editor. Check out the video above and see how I drastically adjusted the perspective of the image in the video above.

7. Camera Profiles, Color Grading, Graduated Filter Tool, and More

camera-raw-filter-photoshop-07 Again, check out the full video to see how I tackle adjusting the fineness of the colors and tones of this image as well as the Graduated Filter tool, and also a bonus bit on how I create a double processed black and white image to add grittiness to the skin of a subject in your photo. Thanks for checking out this tutorial and I hope you enjoyed it!