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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos

Sharpening


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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos

with Jan Kabili

Video: Sharpening

As I explained in an earlier movie about sharpening in the Expert edit workspace, the very act of capturing a photo digitally softens the image. To compensate for that, you may want do some capture sharpening here in the Camera Raw workspace when you first open a Raw file. Now in most cases this won't be the last time that you sharpen, you'll probably do your final sharpening in the Expert edit workspace after you've resized the image as I showed you how to do in an earlier movie, using either the Unsharp Mask feature or the Adjust Sharpen feature. But here in the Camera Raw workspace you can do your initial sharpening, and that's done in the Detail Panel, which you access by clicking the Detail tab.
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  1. 6m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
    3. Overview of the editing workspaces
      3m 34s
  2. 43m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 21s
    2. Making the most of Elements' tools
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging the panels
      4m 32s
    4. Zooming and panning
      4m 3s
    5. Viewing multiple photos
      3m 51s
    6. Undoing
      5m 15s
    7. Cropping
      3m 46s
    8. Resizing
      7m 18s
    9. Saving images and examining formats
      6m 2s
  3. 19m 23s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 59s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      4m 33s
    3. Creating new layers
      6m 51s
  4. 38m 28s
    1. Why use selections?
      4m 20s
    2. Selecting with the marquee tools
      3m 56s
    3. Selecting with the lasso tools
      6m 40s
    4. Selecting by color and tone
      6m 22s
    5. Refining a selection
      4m 51s
    6. Selecting hair
      5m 42s
    7. Hiding content with a layer mask
      6m 37s
  5. 46m 54s
    1. Why use adjustment layers?
      5m 15s
    2. Adjusting color with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      4m 32s
    3. Correcting lighting with a Levels adjustment layer
      3m 32s
    4. Adjusting part of an image with an adjustment layer
      5m 19s
    5. Exploring auto adjustments
      3m 55s
    6. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 14s
    7. Removing a color cast
      1m 47s
    8. Fine-tuning with Color Curves
      3m 16s
    9. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    10. Correcting camera distortion
      5m 32s
    11. Reducing noise
      2m 56s
    12. Sharpening
      6m 10s
  6. 20m 51s
    1. Creating a panorama
      5m 6s
    2. Merging bracketed exposures
      6m 0s
    3. Removing people from a scene
      5m 25s
    4. Combining group shots
      4m 20s
  7. 29m 24s
    1. Removing blemishes
      3m 42s
    2. Reducing wrinkles and circles
      4m 16s
    3. Enhancing eyes
      5m 19s
    4. Removing red-eye
      3m 15s
    5. Adjusting skin tone
      2m 21s
    6. Removing dust spots
      4m 7s
    7. Removing content
      6m 24s
  8. 52m 36s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      5m 18s
    2. Using the latest Camera Raw controls
      3m 16s
    3. Camera Raw basics
      6m 22s
    4. Making use of the histogram
      3m 45s
    5. Setting white balance
      3m 44s
    6. Adjusting lighting
      4m 28s
    7. Adjusting color saturation
      2m 9s
    8. Cropping and straightening
      3m 58s
    9. Reducing noise
      3m 33s
    10. Sharpening
      3m 38s
    11. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      3m 36s
    12. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    13. Using Camera Raw with JPEGs
      2m 35s
  9. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos
4h 17m Beginner Nov 07, 2012

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Go beyond the automatic editing features in Adobe Photoshop Elements and find out how to make sophisticated edits using the program's Expert Edit mode. In this course, author, teacher, and photographer Jan Kabili explores the core features of the Expert Edit mode, from making exposure adjustments, retouching, and compositing images, to adding text. The course also takes a close look at adjusting photos with Adobe Camera Raw, included with Elements 11.

Topics include:
  • Arranging the panels and interface
  • Cropping and resizing photos
  • Creating new layers
  • Refining selections
  • Hiding content with a layer mask
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
  • Converting a color photo to black and white
  • Creating a panorama from multiple photos
  • Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
  • Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Subjects:
Photography Retouching
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Sharpening

As I explained in an earlier movie about sharpening in the Expert edit workspace, the very act of capturing a photo digitally softens the image. To compensate for that, you may want do some capture sharpening here in the Camera Raw workspace when you first open a Raw file. Now in most cases this won't be the last time that you sharpen, you'll probably do your final sharpening in the Expert edit workspace after you've resized the image as I showed you how to do in an earlier movie, using either the Unsharp Mask feature or the Adjust Sharpen feature. But here in the Camera Raw workspace you can do your initial sharpening, and that's done in the Detail Panel, which you access by clicking the Detail tab.

The Detail Panel offers four sliders: Amount, Radius, Detail, and Masking. We'll look at each one of those sliders, but first I need to zoom this image into a 100% because that's the only way you can accurately judge what's sharp and what's not sharp in an image. The shortcut for doing that is to double- click the Zoom Tool, which I'll do right now, and then I'll select the Hand Tool and use that to pan the image around to an area of the photo that I think should be sharp, which is down here. Now over in the Sharpening area of the Detail Panel, you can see the Amount and Radius sliders, which are much like the Amount and Radius sliders that we looked at in the context of the Expert Edit workspace.

These sliders work together to increase the contrast at edges to give the appearance of sharpness. And as I explained before, the Radius slider controls the width of the sharpening edges, sometimes called the sharpening halos, while the Amount slider controls the strength of the sharpening, the increase in brightness and darkness at sharpened edges. In most cases I'll leave the Radius set to its default of 1 or even drag it lower if there's too much sharpening, and I'll drag the Amount slider over to the right until I just start to see those halos around the edges, and then I'll drag back toward the left.

I want the image sharp but I don't want those halos to be obvious at a 100% view. There are two other sliders here, the Detail slider and the Masking slider. I usually leave the Detail slider at its default of 25, unless I have an image that has lots of fine detail that I want to be sure to bring out in the photo. So, here there is quite a bit of fine detail, so I might move the Detail slider slightly over to the right. If I hold down the Alt key, that's the Option key on the Mac, as I drag this slider I can see more and more of the detail edges come into view as I dragged to the right.

There is also a Masking slider here. When the Masking slider is at 0, everything that Elements deemed to be an edge in the photo is getting sharpen, but if I have a large area of something smooth in the photo I usually like to protect that area from sharpening, so that extraneous noise or grain in the smooth areas doesn't get sharpened. A good example of that is a blue sky, which I do have in this photo. I'll pan up to the sky so you can see what I mean. I really don't want this area to be sharpened, so I'm going to hold down the Alt key, that's the Option key on the Mac, as I drag the Masking slider over to the right. And that gives me this white and black view of the image.

The white represent edges that are currently being sharpened, so all the noise here in this sky is getting sharpened now. I'm going to drag the Masking slider over until the sky is pretty much solid black, and that means that masking is now protecting the sky from being sharpened. I'll release the Alt or Option key to go back and see the image, and then to take it back to fit in the window I'll double-click the Hand Tool. So the trick here is to do just enough sharpening to compensate for the inherent softness that you get with a digital photo, but not to over sharpen, keeping in mind that you'll be probably be sharpening at least one more time in the Expert edit workspace before you're done with this image.

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