I have one photo.

I processed two slightly different pictures via Camera Raw from this one.

  • One with Camera Raw settings focused on front object.
  • One with Camera Raw Setting focused on background.
  • And than combined these two pictures with masking.

Is this a good workflow?

Or would you recommend one Camera Raw use and than just masking and postproduction with other Photoshop tools?

Does Camera Raw have better quality in image data processing than other Photoshop tools?

Is it worth it to use one Camera Raw dialog per image or two when you are focusing on two things?

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    – Vincent
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 9:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ You might search Photo.stackexchange for the topic 'focus stacking', as this has been answered before: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/667/… photo.stackexchange.com/questions/25731/… \$\endgroup\$
    – cmason
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 13:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ @cmason The OP means "concentrated on" when he says "focused", they are talking about an HDR not focus stacking workflow. \$\endgroup\$
    – Matt Grum
    Commented Feb 6, 2015 at 13:15

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Yes the approach you have described (take a single RAW file, process it once to accentuate one part of the image, export, then process it against to accentuate another part of the image, export, bring the two versions back together and selectively blend together to produce a third image) will work, I have done this on occasion where I could not obtain the desired result from a single RAW conversion.


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