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Sharpening with Unsharp Mask


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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training

with Ted LoCascio

Video: Sharpening with Unsharp Mask

Every digital photograph can use a little sharpening to help boost contrast and bring out the detail in an image. Sharpening is especially important if you're planning to print your images on photo paper. This is because printing in general is a softening process. With this movie I would like to show you how to sharpen your images properly using the Unsharp Mask feature in Elements. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folders. Here in the Content panel, I'm going to go ahead and scroll down a bit and double-click on the Chapter 13 folder, then double-click on the Unsharp Mask folder and then double- click on the sponge diver-2 image.
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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 Unsharp Mask

Every digital photograph can use a little sharpening to help boost contrast and bring out the detail in an image. Sharpening is especially important if you're planning to print your images on photo paper. This is because printing in general is a softening process. With this movie I would like to show you how to sharpen your images properly using the Unsharp Mask feature in Elements. I'm currently in the Bridge application and I'm viewing the exercise files folders. Here in the Content panel, I'm going to go ahead and scroll down a bit and double-click on the Chapter 13 folder, then double-click on the Unsharp Mask folder and then double- click on the sponge diver-2 image.

Okay, here we have our sponge diver image. I have actually gone ahead with this image and reduced some noise that was in it. That's something that you would always want to do before you sharpen an image. So if you have an image that both contains noise and also need some sharpening, it's always a good idea to reduce the noise first and then apply sharpening. Okay, because you don't want them to counteract each other and you have to be careful in doing so. All right, so with some noise already reduced in this. This particular image contained a lot of color noise; I went ahead and reduced that in another movie.

Now what I'm going to do is apply some sharpening to it. Now the first thing that you need to do before you start applying sharpening using the Unsharp Mask filter is to view your image at a 100%. So let's go ahead under the View menu and choose Actual Pixels. That's another way of saying let's view this at a 100% magnification. There we have it. We have a 100% here up at the top of the title bar so we know that we're viewing it at a 100%. We can also see that down here in the lower-left of the document window. We can go and hold down the spacebar in order to temporarily access the Hand tool and then click and drag to scroll around the image, just to inspect it, just take a look at it. You can see that all that noise has been reduced, it looks really, really good and I do think so however, that it needs some sharpening. Okay, it's looking a little soft.

As I said before, printing in general is a softening process. So if you know that you're going to print the image, you want to make sure and compensate for that when you're applying your sharpening. Okay, so that your edges look nice and sharp. Right now everything is just a little, little too soft and for a hard statue like this, you really want to see all these nice, hard its details. So let's take a look at how we can apply some sharpening using Unsharp Mask. I'm going to go under the Enhance menu and I'm going to choose Unsharp Mask. That brings up a separate dialog box. You can see it's defaulting to the last used settings and these are way too strong. So here is the perfect example of over sharpening, okay. That doesn't look good at all, that's way over compensating. So let's go ahead and just 0 this out, drag everything off to the left, okay and start fresh.

Notice that your preview window in the Unsharp Mask dialog box defaults to 100%. That's because you have to be at a 100% in order to get an accurate preview of what's going to happen to your image when you apply sharpening. Okay, has to be at 100%. All right, so now that we know that, we can use the preview area here to scroll around through our image and inspect specific areas for sharpness. We can also refer to our image in the background as well, okay. We can use them both together as different preview. All right, maybe focus in on one area in here in the dialog box and a different area in the document window behind it with your Preview option turned on.

First thing you want to do is control the amount of sharpening that you're going to apply to this image overall, right. So I'm going to go ahead and just drag this up to about 50%, that's about a good starting point, somewhere around here. Take a look at what's happening to the image in the background. We can also refer to our preview area and just like it was with the other dialog box in Reduce Noise, you can click and hold down in order to see the before and then let up to see the after. Okay, it's not a having enough of an effect yet. So I would say we need to increase the Radius. This is controlling how far reaching into your image in order to sharpen the image.

Basically what is happening here is we're creating the illusion of things being more in focus. Okay and in doing so we're increasing contrast all along these edges where contrast already exists. So we need to raise this value here up to between, I would say, 1 and 2 pixels is usually a good range; 1 is usually a good starting point. Somewhere around 1 and that usually is where I keep it unless a particular image is so blurry and somewhat out of focus to the point we can save that by increasing this maybe up to about 2. But you don't usually go beyond 2 because if you do, you can start reaching too far into your image, it's going to be looking too far and going beyond just the obvious, contrast the edges here and then you can start to get this over sharpening effect. You can see it happening, that's not good.

So I'm going to stick to about 1.5 at least for this image. Then increase the Amount a little further, see what's happening. Now we're starting to get the effect that I want. Something you also want to be careful of as you're doing this is if you start over sharpening you can bring out noise in an image. Now we have already reduced some noise, so it's a less of a worry here but if I had not done that already, we would really be bringing out a lot of noise that's in here, in image like this. All right, so you want to be careful with that. That's actually looking pretty good to me so far and we also have the Threshold setting down here, this acts like a fader control, think of it as controlling how powerful these setting are. Right now we're at full power, it's at Threshold 0. If I drag this to the right, it's going to start to soften the effect, make it not as powerful. You can see it getting softer as I'm dragging to the right; we're lessening its power. Generally I keep this at 0 all the time. I don't see a reason to fade what I have done up here because if I wanted to fade what I have done up here, I just move these sliders, okay.

So generally I keep this at full power all the time, to the far left. Okay and just focus on working with the Amount slider and how far I'm reaching into my image with the Radius setting, okay. So this has started to look really good to me. I can see the before and after by turning off the Preview referring to the image in the background and turning it back on to see the effect of these settings. And that's actually looking pretty good to me. I think we're actually on the right course. So I'm going to go ahead and click OK to apply this Unsharp Mask filter. Again, creating this illusion of focus by just increasing contrast in these edges all along the image. Let's take a look. Command+ Minus, I'm going to zoom out a little bit just to look at the image overall. Looks really good. I'm liking that.

Okay, so Unsharp Mask can help you bring out the detail in an image. You have three controls in there, the Radius control, the Size and then of course -- or the Amount slider -- and then of course the Threshold control. Threshold, always keep it 0, the Radius, always keep in between 1 and 2 depending on your image. And the Amount, you can move just really as far as you need depending on the image. Usually it's between 60% and 100%; somewhere around there is usually where you will wind up dragging that slider. All right, so that's how you can sharpen an image using the Unsharp Mask filter.

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