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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness


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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

with Ted LoCascio

Video: Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness

The Adjust Sharpness feature offers a few more options than Unsharp Mask does. With this movie I would like to show you how to sharpen your images properly using Adjust Sharpness. I'm here in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folders. What I would like to do is scroll down here in the Content panel and go down to the Chapter 13 folder, double-click on the adjust sharpness folder, open that up and then double-click on the tree_mos _01.JPG image. All right, that opens it up here in the Elements' Editing workspace and what I would like to do is first view the image at a 100%. We always need to do that anytime we're going to apply sharpening. So under the View menu let's choose Actual Pixels or you can use this keyboard shortcut of Command+ Option+0, that's a good one to memorize, very, very useful.
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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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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training
8h 22m Beginner Sep 29, 2008

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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Identifying photos by name, keyword, rating, and label
  • Locating photos with searches, filters, collections, and stacks
  • Using automated red-eye correction and sharpening tools
  • Making detailed color and tone corrections
  • Using Photomerge on faces and groups
  • Working with filters, artwork, and other image customizations
  • Scrapbooking
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Ted LoCascio

Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness

The Adjust Sharpness feature offers a few more options than Unsharp Mask does. With this movie I would like to show you how to sharpen your images properly using Adjust Sharpness. I'm here in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folders. What I would like to do is scroll down here in the Content panel and go down to the Chapter 13 folder, double-click on the adjust sharpness folder, open that up and then double-click on the tree_mos _01.JPG image. All right, that opens it up here in the Elements' Editing workspace and what I would like to do is first view the image at a 100%. We always need to do that anytime we're going to apply sharpening. So under the View menu let's choose Actual Pixels or you can use this keyboard shortcut of Command+ Option+0, that's a good one to memorize, very, very useful.

Okay, so now that we're viewing the image at a 100%, we can really see that the image is soft. It contains a ton of detail and lots of contrasty edges but overall still looking a little too soft. Knowing that printing is a softening process in general, if we want to print this image, we should probably compensate for that in addition to the softness that already exists in the image. So we definitely need to apply some sharpening here especially if we want to print it, okay. All right, so what we need to do then is take a look at the Enhance menu and the Adjust Sharpness dialog box, okay. Now, this particular sharpening feature offers a few more options than the other sharpening feature, which is called Unsharp Mask. All right.

So let's take a look at the similarities and the differences. One similarity is that they both have a preview area except for the Adjust Sharpness one is a lot bigger than the one in the Unsharp Mask, okay. Of course, it's defaulting to a 100% because you always want to be at a 100% in order to ensure that you're getting an accurate preview anytime you're applying sharpening, okay. You can scroll around here just by clicking and dragging, just like you can in the Unsharp Mask dialog box. You can use this in conjunction with the document window that's behind the dialog box here. As long as you have the Preview option turned on, you can choose to view one area of the image here in this portion of the dialog box and another portion of the image in the document window behind it, okay. So you can use these two together, all right.

We also have an Amount slider in both Unsharp Mask and Adjust Sharpness. Okay, this controls how much of a sharpening effect you're applying to the image overall. So let's bring this up to about 50%, just to start out with, somewhere right round there. We also have a Radius setting like we do in Unsharp Mask. This reaches into your image, it controls how far you're reaching into your image in order to create this illusion of sharpness, okay. That's basically what you're doing anytime you apply sharpening, no matter which tool you're using. We're creating the illusion of sharpness, okay, by enhancing these contrasty edges throughout our image.

Now in general, you want to keep the Radius setting between 1 and 2 pixels. If you go any higher than that, things are going to start to get a little bit strange and look very unnatural, like this. This is what over sharpening looks like and that's not what we want to do. Instead, we want to keep things looking natural, just a little bit more in focus. Again, we're creating the illusion of things being more in focus, that's what sharpening is, that's what sharpening is. Okay, so I'm going to bring this up to about 1.4-1.5, somewhere around there to start out with. I think that's a good starting setting between 1 and 2. Now here's where things are different between Adjust Sharpness and Unsharp Mask. We have this Remove menu here, it's defaulting to Gaussian Blur and with this selected, it's going to apply the same type of sharpening as you would find in Unsharp Mask. However, if you were to change this to Lens Blur, you're then applying a much finer type of sharpening. It also results in less of the sharpening halos that can sometimes pop up whenever you apply sharpening to an image, okay. You might see that around some contrasting edges, when you have applied sharpening you can see a little bit of halo around it. That happens less when you choose this particular option, Lens Blur.

So this is actually a much better option and different from Unsharp Mask. Then we have Motion Blur; if your image contains motion blur in it you can choose this and then control the angle in which you would want to try and sharpen it out, okay. We don't have that problem here, so we're going to choose Lens Blur in which case the angle setting does not apply. But does apply a finer sharpening technique than the Gaussian Blur, that's also found in Unsharp Mask, okay. So here is where things start to differ. We also have this More Refined option. If you turn this on, it's going to use a different process and also add to this finer sharpening technique along with Lens Blur, okay. If you turn that on, it can sometimes help but it can also bring a lot more noise in your image. If your image already contains noise, this is going to really enhance it. So you want to be careful with that okay.

Inspect for noise first, maybe try and reduce it if you need to and then beware of this option, okay. This one is not so bad so I think I'm going to go ahead and use that. Again if you click and hold in the preview area, you can get a before image and then let up on the mouse button, you can get an after image, okay. So we can see the before and the after. All right, so I think this is actually looking pretty good. I might actually want to bring back the Radius a little bit down to about 1 pixel and I might increase the Amount just a little bit up to about 60%. That's really looking good to me. There is the before, there is the after and maybe we will go up to just a little bit on both of these, 70% and 1.2 pixels. Things are getting a little bit strange, aren't they? I will turn off More Refined; I think it's overdoing it a bit there. Yeah, I turned that off and I think that's actually looking a lot better.

All right, so lets go ahead and click OK to apply this sharpening and then if we want to we can scroll around our image as we have it being viewed at a 100% here in the document window and it's looking a lot better. I really like that. If you want to see the before and after here in the document window, we can click Undo and there is our soft image and click Redo now we can see the much sharper image. That's actually looking really, really good. All right, so the main thing you need to know here when working with Adjust Sharp is, is that you have a couple of different options. You have that More Refined option which unfortunately didn't work well in this particular instance but might work well with another image that you might want to try and experiment with and we also have those different settings you can choose, the Gaussian Blur setting, the Lens Blur setting and the Motion Blur setting.

Lens Blur will give you some really nice results that we used it here and it actually applies a finer sharpening technique that you will not find in the Unsharp Mask, alright. So you might want to try that when you apply sharpening to your own images here in Elements.

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