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Applying Auto Sharpen

From: Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Applying Auto Sharpen

Now I'd like to show you how to sharpen your images using the Auto Sharpen option and the Sharpening slider available in Quick Fix Edit mode. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing our exercise files folders. What I'd like to do is double-click on the Chapter 5 Using Quick Fix Mode folder and then double-click on the Sharpening folder and then double-click on this Quick Fix 11. All right, so here's our image in the Full Edit mode here in the Elements' Editing workspace. I actually want to open this up in Quick Fix mode. So in the Edit tab I will click the Quick button and now we have access to our Quick Fix controls. Notice at the bottom here, we have the Sharpen control. All right, we have Auto Sharpen and then we also have an Amount slider.

Applying Auto Sharpen

Now I'd like to show you how to sharpen your images using the Auto Sharpen option and the Sharpening slider available in Quick Fix Edit mode. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing our exercise files folders. What I'd like to do is double-click on the Chapter 5 Using Quick Fix Mode folder and then double-click on the Sharpening folder and then double-click on this Quick Fix 11. All right, so here's our image in the Full Edit mode here in the Elements' Editing workspace. I actually want to open this up in Quick Fix mode. So in the Edit tab I will click the Quick button and now we have access to our Quick Fix controls. Notice at the bottom here, we have the Sharpen control. All right, we have Auto Sharpen and then we also have an Amount slider.

Okay, now before we even start playing around with these controls here in Quick Fix mode, the first thing that you really need to know is that you need to zoom into your image to 100% in order to get an accurate preview of what's going to happen when you apply sharpening to an image. So that's the first thing we're going to do, and I want to show you a keyboard shortcut to do this. If we go onto the View menu, you can see we have the Fit on Screen and then Actual Pixels commands. When you choose Fit on Screen, it's just going to increase it in order to fit the work area. But if we choose Actual Pixels, Option+Command+0, it's going to zoom in to a 100%. That's a really good keyboard shortcut to learn, especially when you're working with sharpening.

All right, so Option+Command+0, now we're viewing the image at 100%. You can see there is a lot of intricate detail in this image. This is a very, very good candidate for applying some sharpening. Just about every image that you take is going to be a good candidate for sharpening. I think you should always apply some sharpening and it's usually your last step. After you applied all of your other adjustments, if it were in Quick Fix mode or any of these adjustments above the Sharpening area here, apply those first and leave your sharpening for last. Then you want to zoom in to 100%, and apply a little bit of sharpening in order to bring out some extra detail.

What we're doing with sharpening is we're creating the illusion of focus. What sharpening does is it goes into your image and it looks for all of the pixels and it increases the contrast between them. So that's what we're going to be doing here. Let's take a look at this moss and here we can see all of this intricate detail, we want to try and bring that out a bit with some sharpening, creating the illusion of focus. So the first thing we're going to do is try the Auto Sharpen button. Let's let Elements do the work for us first and see how good of a job it does. We'll click the Auto Sharpen button and you can compare the before and the after.

It's actually done a pretty good job. As you can see here, by increasing that contrast between the adjacent pixels, we can see much more definition now in this very detailed image of the moss if you compare it from the before to the after and it actually looks really, really good. Now this is something you definitely want to do when you print an image, because the printing in itself is a softening process, okay. Now the thing that I find with Auto Sharpening is it doesn't really compensate well enough I think for the printing process. I think we just actually use just a little bit more sharpening than what we got here using the Auto feature. So what I'm going to do is click Undo and try to do this manually using the Amount slider underneath.

So let's drag it out, like I said before, I like to always use the first check on the line here as my first milestone. And that's actually not looking too bad, might be a little bit much and if so, we can just drag it to the left a little bit, so that's not quite as severe. But I do think it's a little bit better than what we got on the Auto Sharpening, because remember, you want it to look sharp, but you want to compensate a little extra for that printing process because even if it looks really nice and sharp on your screen at 100%, when you print it, it's guaranteed to look a little bit softer than what you saw on the screen, okay. You want to compensate for that.

So doing that using the manual slider down here at the bottom, I'm going to go ahead and click the green Commit button. We have now applied that sharpening adjustment to our image. So the things take away here. Always remember that you always need to zoom in to 100% in order to get an accurate preview of your image that every image should have some sharpening applied to it especially before you print it and that you want to do it last after you make your adjustments, and always compensate a little extra for that softening that happens during the printing process.

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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

84 video lessons · 5402 viewers

Ted LoCascio
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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