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Learn how to make your dusks and dawns more vivid, vibrant, and alive with Lightroom and Photoshop. This short, project-based course walks you through the steps needed to transform a dull sunset image into a beautiful photo worth sharing, using the tools in Lightroom and Photoshop. Leveling, cropping, retouching, and tone and contrast adjustments are par for the course, but Chris Orwig also shows how to take advantage of virtual copies to create different color treatments, and then combine those treatments in Photoshop for a really stunning final effect.
Alright, next, let's work on the noise. Here, we'll increase the Luminance noise slider. And we'll do so just enough, we don't want to go too far. Because if you increase these values too far, you'll actually make the image appear a bit soft. Now what about the Color slider? Same thing, here we'll just bring this up until we see those color variations disappear. Now we can also fine tune the detail just a little bit. Here, it looks like having a lower detail amount will look good. Contrast will bring back a little bit more depth or contrast to that area so it isn't quite so smooshed or softened out.
And, you know, after you increase your noise reduction or you reduce that noise, sometimes you may need to add just a little bit more sharpening as well. Alright, well, what about the Radius slider? Well, you notice that the Radius slider by default is set to 1. That's typically because a lower radius is going to work better. Also, I should point out, the lower the resolution the file, typically, the lower the radius. Now for this image, what I'm going to do is just decrease this just a little bit, because I think it will give us even better results.
Alright, well, to evaluate your detail work, what you can do is click on the flip switch for the Detail panel. And you want to click on that and look at the before and after. And again, here it's going to be difficult to see because this movie is small. Yet on my monitor, this looks so much better. I can see that we've taken care of the luminance noise, the color noise. We've also added just a nice touch of sharpening to the picture. When it comes to sharpening, I should mention too, you want to be careful not to overdo it.
It's kind of like if you overcook food. And if it's overcooked, it just isn't very good. So with our sharpening, you want to be delicate. Feel free to crank it up, but experiment with it a little bit. Make sure you just don't go too far. Alright, well, a quick review here of what we've done. We added some sharpen by increasing our amount, and we decreased the radius. We also decreased the Detail slider to make sure that the details or the texture in the photograph, that those details aren't sharpened. We also ensured that the sharpening was just limited to the edges by increasing our Masking slider.
And when working with the Masking slider, we held down the Option key on a Mac or Alt key on Windows to have a view of that particular mask to show us which areas would be affected. And then, when it came to noise reduction, we worked on increasing our luminous noise reduction and also our color noise reduction in order to achieve the results that we have now accomplished.
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