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Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of a user cropping an image in the “Camera Raw” dialog box.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Overview

            The Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements appear in the “Tools” bar at the top of the “Camera Raw” dialog box. The Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements let you manipulate a camera raw image. This lesson shows which Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements are available. It also shows how to use them to manipulate the preview image in the “Camera Raw” dialog box. After making changes to the image, you can save the changes and/or import the photo into the Editor in Photoshop Elements.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Using the Zoom Tool

            The “Zoom Tool” is the first of the Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements to discuss.  The “Zoom Tool” is selected by default. This tool lets you click in the preview image to zoom in. To zoom out, hold down the “Alt” key on your keyboard and click into the image. To temporarily switch to the “Hand Tool” when the “Zoom Tool” is selected, hold down either the “Ctrl” or “Spacebar” key on your keyboard. You can temporarily switch to the “White Balance Tool” by holding down the “Shift” key, instead.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Using the Hand Tool

            The “Hand Tool” is the next of the Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements to discuss. Clicking the “Hand Tool” button switches to using the “Hand Tool” by default. The “Hand Tool” scrolls and pans the preview image if the magnification level is so high that you cannot see the entire preview image in the dialog box frame. Click and drag the preview image when using the “Hand Tool” to move it within the frame.

            To temporarily switch to the “Zoom Tool” to zoom in when the “Hand Tool” is selected, hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard. To temporarily switch to the “Zoom Tool” to zoom out when the “Hand Tool” is selected, hold down the “Alt” key on your keyboard. You can temporarily switch to the “White Balance Tool” by holding down the “Shift” key, instead.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of the Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements 2020. They appear in the “Tools” bar at the top of the “Camera Raw” dialog box.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of the Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements 2020. They appear in the “Tools” bar at the top of the “Camera Raw” dialog box.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Using the White Balance Tool

            The “White Balance Tool” is a useful Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements that lets you make quick color adjustments. Click the “White Balance Tool” button to use the “White Balance Tool” by default. The “White Balance Tool” corrects white balance in photos. This removes any color cast applied by improper lighting in the photo. This tool changes the “Temperature” and “Tint” values in the settings panel to make the adjustment. To use this tool, click into a place in the preview image that contains a neutral gray tone.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Using the Crop Tool

            The “Crop” tool is one of the most popular Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements. The “Crop Tool” removes unwanted parts of an image. In its most basic use, click the “Crop Tool” button to enable the tool. Then click and drag to draw a bounding box over the part of the image to retain. Then click another tool in the “Tools” bar or press the “Enter” key on your keyboard to crop the image. Unlike many other Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements, the “Crop” tool also has many advanced settings to apply.

            To apply advanced cropping settings, click and hold down the “Crop Tool” button until its drop-down menu appears. Then select the cropping settings from the drop-down before cropping. By default, the “Normal” and “Constrain to Image” settings are selected. To crop the image using a ratio, select a ratio from the drop-down menu. To create a custom ratio, select the “Custom…” command to open the “Custom Crop” dialog box. Enter the crop ratio to use in this dialog box and then click the “OK” button. After selecting a ratio or creating your own, click and drag in the image. Doing this then draws a bounding box with the specified ratio. Then finish cropping the image, as normal.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of a user cropping an image in the “Camera Raw” dialog box.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of a user cropping an image in the “Camera Raw” dialog box.

            To see a 3×3 overlay over the bounding box that helps you maintain image composure and proportions when cropping, chose the “Show Overlay” command in the “Crop Tool” button’s drop-down menu. After drawing a bounding box, you can adjust its position in the preview image. To move the bounding box, click and drag in the center of the bounding box. To change the dimensions, place your mouse pointer over the sides or the corners of the bounding box until a double-pointed arrow appears. Then click and drag to change the size of the bounding box in either direction shown by the double-pointed arrow.

            To rotate the bounding box to change the angle of the image like the “Straighten Tool” does, place your mouse pointer slightly outside of the bounding box until a bent double-pointed arrow appears. Then click and drag in either direction shown by the double-pointed arrow to rotate the bounding box. You can hold down the “Shift” key when rotating or resizing to ensure you resize in proportion to the existing dimensions and rotate in set increments.

            To clear a bounding box you have created, select the “Clear Crop” command from the “Crop Tool” button’s drop-down menu. Alternatively, press the “Esc” key on your keyboard. After cropping an image, you can also select the “Revert to Original Crop” command from the “Crop Tools” button’s drop-down menu to revert back to the image’s original crop.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Using the Straighten Tool

            The “Straighten Tool” is another one of the Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements that helps image composure. The “Straighten Tool” straightens a crooked image, taken at an angle. To do this, click the “Straighten Tool” button. Then click and drag a straight line across the image where you want the bottom of the image to appear. A bounding box then appears onscreen.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of a user straightening an image in the “Camera Raw” dialog box.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of a user straightening an image in the “Camera Raw” dialog box.

            Adjust the rotation, size, and placement of this bounding box, just like the “Crop Tool,” if needed. Then click another button in the “Tools” bar or press the “Enter” key on your keyboard to accept your changes.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Using the Red Eye Removal Tool

            The “Red Eye Removal Tool” is another one of the commonly used Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements. To correct red eye or pet eye in an image, click the “Red Eye Removal Tool” button. Then use the “Pupil Size” and “Darken” sliders to set the levels for both settings. These settings appear in the settings pane at the right side of the dialog box. When ready, click and drag over the red eye or pet eye to correct in the image. The correction should occur automatically, according to the specified settings. If the program cannot find any red eyes in the area you selected, a message box appears and prompts you to redraw the area that includes the eye and some of the face, so it can make the corrections.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Setting the Camera Raw Preferences

            While not technically one of the Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements, to access the “Camera Raw Preferences” dialog box, click the “Open preferences dialog” button in the “Tools” bar. In the “General” section, choose to “Save image settings in” either “Sidecar ‘.xmp’ files” or in the “Camera Raw database,” by selecting a choice from the drop-down menu. You can also choose to “Apply sharpening to” either “All images,” or “Preview images only,” by making the desired selection from the next drop-down.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of the “Camera Raw Preferences” dialog box.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of the “Camera Raw Preferences” dialog box.

            In the “Default Image Settings” section, you can check or uncheck the checkboxes to either apply or disable each setting. The “Apply auto tone adjustments,” “Make defaults specific to a camera serial number,” and “Make defaults specific to camera ISO setting” checkboxes appear here.

            In the “DNG File Handling” section, you can check or uncheck the checkboxes to either apply or disable each setting. The “Ignore sidecar ‘.xmp’ files” and “Update embedded JPEG previews” checkboxes appear here. If the second setting is enabled, then use the adjacent drop-down to select the previews size to update. In the “Keyboard Shortcuts” section, you can check or uncheck the “Use legacy undo shortcuts” checkbox to enable or disable to enable or disable the legacy “undo” shortcut. To apply your settings when finished, click the “OK” button in the upper-right corner of the dialog box.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Rotating Camera Raw Images

            The last two Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements to discuss appear at the right side of the “Tools” bar. To rotate the image 90° counter-clockwise, click the “Rotate image 90° counter clockwise” button. To rotate the image90° clockwise, click the “Rotate image 90° clockwise” button.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Instructions

  1. To use the Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements, click the buttons in the “Tools” bar at the top of the “Camera Raw” dialog box.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: How to Use the Zoom Tool

  1. If you want to change the image’s magnification level, click the “Zoom Tool” button.
  2. To zoom in on the preview image, click within the preview image.
  3. To zoom out from the preview image, hold down the “Alt” key on your keyboard and click into the image.
  4. If needed, to temporarily switch to the “Hand Tool” when the “Zoom Tool” is selected, hold down either the “Ctrl” or “Spacebar” key on your keyboard.
  5. To temporarily switch to the “White Balance Tool,” instead, hold down the “Shift” key.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: How to Use the Hand Tool

  1. To scroll and pan the preview image if the magnification level is so high that you cannot see the entire preview image in the dialog box frame, click the “Hand Tool” button.
  2. Click and drag the preview image to move the preview image in the frame.
  3. To temporarily switch to the “Zoom Tool” to zoom in when the “Hand Tool” is selected, hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard.
  4. To temporarily switch to the “Zoom Tool” to zoom out when the “Hand Tool” is selected, hold down the “Alt” key on your keyboard.
  5. If you want to temporarily switch to the “White Balance Tool,” hold down the “Shift” key, instead.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: How to Use the White Balance Tool

  1. To set the correct white balance in the photo, click the “White Balance Tool” button.
  2. Then click into a place in the preview image that contains a neutral gray tone.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: How to Use the Crop Tool

  1. To perform a basic crop, click the “Crop Tool” button.
  2. Then click and drag to draw a bounding box over the part of the image to keep.
  3. To finish cropping the preview image, click another tool within the “Tools” bar or press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: How to Perform Advanced Cropping

  1. If you want to apply advanced cropping settings, click and hold down the “Crop Tool” button until its drop-down menu appears.
  2. Select the cropping settings from the drop-down before cropping the image. By default, the “Normal” and “Constrain to Image” settings are selected.
  3. To crop the image using a ratio, select a ratio from the drop-down menu.
  4. To create a custom ratio, select the “Custom…” command to open the “Custom Crop” dialog box.
  5. Enter the crop ratio to use in this dialog box and then click the “OK” button.
  6. After selecting a ratio or creating your own, click and drag in the image.
  7. Doing this then draws a bounding box with the specified ratio.
  8. Finish cropping the image, as normal.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: How to Apply Advanced Cropping Options

  1. If you want to see a 3×3 overlay over the bounding box that helps you maintain image composure and proportions when cropping, chose the “Show Overlay” command in the “Crop Tool” button’s drop-down menu.
  2. To move the bounding box after drawing it, click and drag in the center of the bounding box.
  3. To change the dimensions of the bounding box, place your mouse pointer over the sides or the corners of the bounding box until a double-pointed arrow appears.
  4. Then click and drag to change the size of the bounding box in either direction shown by the double-pointed arrow.
  5. To rotate the bounding box, place your mouse pointer slightly outside of the bounding box until a bent double-pointed arrow appears.
  6. Then click and drag in either direction shown by the double-pointed arrow to rotate the bounding box.
  7. You can hold down the “Shift” key when rotating or resizing to ensure that you resize in proportion to the existing dimensions and rotate in set increments.
  8. To clear a bounding box you have created, select the “Clear Crop” command from the “Crop Tool” button’s drop-down menu or press the “Esc” key on your keyboard.
  9. To revert back to the image’s original crop after cropping an image, select the “Revert to Original Crop” command from the “Crop Tools” button’s drop-down menu.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: How to Use the Straighten Tool

  1. To straighten a crooked image that was taken at an angle, click the “Straighten Tool” button.
  2. Then click and drag a straight line across the image where you want the bottom of the image to appear.
  3. A bounding box then appears onscreen.
  4. You can adjust the rotation, size, and placement of this bounding box, just like the “Crop Tool,” if needed.
  5. To accept the changes, click another button in the “Tools” bar or press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: How to Use the Red Eye Removal Tool

  1. To correct red eye or pet eye in an image, click the “Red Eye Removal Tool” button.
  2. Then use the “Pupil Size” and “Darken” sliders to set the levels for both settings. These settings appear in the settings pane at the right side of the dialog box.
  3. Click and drag over the red eye or pet eye to correct in the image. The correction occurs automatically, according to your settings.
  4. If the program cannot find any red eyes in the area you selected, a message box appears and prompts you to redraw the area that includes the eye and some of the face.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: How to Set Camera Raw Preferences

  1. To access the “Camera Raw Preferences” dialog box, click the “Open preferences dialog” button in the “Tools” bar.
  2. In the “General” section, choose to “Save image settings in” either “Sidecar ‘.xmp’ files” or in the “Camera Raw database,” by making the desired selection from the drop-down menu.
  3. You can also choose to “Apply sharpening to” either “All images,” or “Preview images only,” by making the desired selection from the next drop-down.
  4. In the “Default Image Settings” section, you can check or uncheck the checkboxes to either apply or disable each setting. The “Apply auto tone adjustments,” “Make defaults specific to a camera serial number,” and “Make defaults specific to camera ISO setting” checkboxes appear here.
  5. In the “DNG File Handling” section, you can check or uncheck the checkboxes to either apply or disable each setting. The “Ignore sidecar ‘.xmp’ files” and “Update embedded JPEG previews” checkboxes appear here. If the second setting is enabled, then use the adjacent drop-down to select the previews size to update.
  6. In the “Keyboard Shortcuts” section, you can check or uncheck the “Use legacy undo shortcuts” checkbox to enable or disable to enable or disable the legacy “undo” shortcut.
  7. To apply your settings when finished, click the “OK” button in the upper-right corner of the dialog box.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: How to Rotate Camera Raw Images

  1. To rotate the image 90° counter-clockwise, click the “Rotate image 90° counter clockwise” button.
  2. To rotate the image 90° clockwise, click the “Rotate image 90° clockwise” button.

Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Camera Raw Tools,” shows how to use the Camera Raw Tools in Photoshop Elements. This video lesson is from our complete Photoshop Elements tutorial, titled “Mastering Photoshop Elements Made Easy v.2020.”

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