Clipping warnings show in blue and red. Photo ©Scott Bourne

By Rich Harrington — Follow Rich on Twitter

When working with a raw image, it’s very easy to clip data.  This happens when you push too many details into a pure white or black state (causing a loss of detail).  Locate in the Camera Raw dialog you’ll see a Histogram display in the upper right corner.

Click on one or both of the small triangles. The one on the left is for shadows and the one on the right for highlights. Once enabled, clipped shadows appear blue, and clipped highlights appear red. Make adjustments as needed, but be wary of clipping too much information.


Taking effort to avoid clipping will lead to a better print and free the image of muddy or blown details.

This post is a sneak peak from the new Photoshop book I’m writing with Scott. The book is a remake of his original best-seller “88 Secrets to Photoshop for Photographers. It will be available as iBook later this Spring.

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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

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