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No...Camera Raw's curves are for luminance adjustments, they don't behave ight RGB curves because the image isn't RGB yet.
Thank you, Jeff.
Hmm...I was under the impression that Camera RAW was as complete a "workflow" as possible. So I have to do the neutralizing in PS. Can I do a batch transfer of the Curve adjustments to my open PSD files (I generally batch correct a few CR2s in Camera RAW and then save them in different formats)?
Further, what is a good workflow for RAW? I thought I could do it all in Camera RAW. The way I see it now, I do my basic adjustments in Camera RAW (exposure, highlight, shadows, brightness, saturation, contrast). Then if I want to neutralize any color casts I do my Curve adjustments. Do a little bit of sharpening and then publish as needed... How's that sound?
>So I have to do the neutralizing in PS.
If you mean setting the correct neutral gray point, that's done in ACR.
Dudes, really, thank you for entertaining this.
I haven't been involved with PS since version 3(!). I think I'm getting confused having to enter the editing world through ACR before getting to Photoshop. I'm trying to get a handle on a workflow.
If I understand it correctly, I do my color neutralizing within ACR. If editing a JPG I have to do it through Curves (or Levels).
I'm on CS2, so I think I'll have to check out the CS2 version of the book.
Sorry, then forget about opening JPEGs and TIFFs in ACR. You can't do that in CS3.
You should consider updating. ACR 4.2 is an entirely different world. It does not work with CS2.
> ... what is a good workflow for RAW? I thought I could do it all in Camera RAW.
Even with CS2, you can accomplish 90% of your workflow with ACR. For example, for ~70% of your images ACR can be 100% of your workflow, and for 20% be 95% of your workflow ... leaving as little for PS as possible. YMMV of course, but ACR 3 can accomplish a lot, but it wasn't intended to replace some of the tools in PS.
Altho I haven't yet upgraded, ACR4 is a considerable upgrade and offers many more of the tools available in PS (e.g., red eye removal). Tonal adjustments you need may be accomplished with whitepoint, exposure, blackpoint, brightness, contrast; however, they are predictable algorithms that cannot be manipulated with a curve ... altho a curve is provided for the RGB output but not as easy to use as PS's. The "Real World ACR" texts will fill you in with much of the power offered by a workflow using ACR and Bridge. A definite good read!
This was very helpful. You cleared that up a lot ("Even with CS2, you can accomplish 90% of your workflow with ACR. For example, for ~70% of your images ACR can be 100% of your workflow, and for 20% be 95% of your workflow ... leaving as little for PS as possible."). I'm headed to Border's this morning to pick up some books.
>forget about opening JPEGs and TIFFs in ACR. You can't do that in
Ooooops! Typo, my bad. It should read "forget about opening JPEGs and TIFFs in ACR. You can't do that in CS 2", of course.
Yes, of course. I already knew that, butthe context that you wrote it in was clear.
I picked up Camera Raw for Digital Photographers Only yesterday. So far, so good!
Everyone: Thank You for your assistance with this question. I sincerely appreciate it!