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Digital photos shot at high ISO speeds often suffer from noise. And all digital photos have a slight softness due to the nature of imaging sensors. Like all imaging software, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop have features for fixing these flaws. But using these features isn't always straightforward—and incorrect use of them can make a photo look artificial and overprocessed.
In this course, join Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth exploration of the noise-reduction and sharpening features in Lightroom and Photoshop. The course begins with tips for getting the cleanest possible images when you shoot. Next, Bryan details the process of making overall noise and sharpness improvements in Lightroom. The course concludes with a look at various advanced Photoshop techniques for localized adjustments and more.
For this challenge, we want to use selective noise reduction and sharpening on this image. Our objectives are first and foremost to make tonal adjustments, so that we then know which areas need help. Although we used Lightroom earlier we want to use Camera Raw to apply what we've learned to selectively remove noise. Then, we want to selectively sharpen to recover the detail that was lost in that noise reduction. This whole process should take you around seven minutes, but by all means if it takes you longer that probably means that you're working at it that much harder and getting that much better results.
So take as much time as you need. Certainly if you're using your own files, feel free to have fun with it. I'll see you in the solution.
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