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Sharpening in Lightroom


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Lightroom 3 Essential Training

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Video: Sharpening in Lightroom

This particular photograph was captured in a lower light situation, and what I want to do is explore how we can sharpen this image and also reduce the noise in the file. Now, when you open up your Detail panel, you will see this warning icon. If you click on that warning icon, it zooms your image into 100%. And this is a really nice view to have when you are working on the small details of your photograph, because if you are zoomed way out, you can't really determine or define how much sharpening to apply. Now, that being said, sometimes, we are going to capture images that are so big, especially because digital cameras are getting so good, that zooming 100% is going to be overkill.
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  1. 2m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
  2. 17m 59s
    1. Creative tip: Using Lightroom
      1m 31s
    2. An overview of Lightroom
      3m 53s
    3. Photographic workflow puzzle
      2m 36s
    4. Why use Lightroom?
      6m 25s
    5. Lightroom and Photoshop
      3m 34s
  3. 29m 34s
    1. The Lightroom interface
      3m 19s
    2. Essential interface shortcuts
      4m 50s
    3. Using the interface shortcuts
      5m 4s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      2m 41s
    5. Using a graphic identity plate
      4m 44s
    6. Changing the panel end marks
      2m 12s
    7. Creating a custom panel end mark
      2m 54s
    8. Changing the image background
      1m 46s
    9. Modifying other interface preferences
      2m 4s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Importing and file formats
      4m 35s
    2. Importing preferences
      2m 36s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      6m 27s
    4. Catalog, import, and preview preferences
      6m 40s
    5. Importing photos from a folder
      5m 44s
    6. Creating a metadata preset
      4m 45s
    7. Importing photos from a CF card
      9m 16s
    8. Using Auto Import
      3m 53s
    9. Using multiple hard drives
      4m 14s
    10. Creative tip: Discard
      1m 33s
  5. 11m 17s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      3m 46s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      7m 31s
  6. 40m 30s
    1. Working in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 0s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      5m 14s
    3. Shortcuts in Loupe view and Grid view
      1m 39s
    4. Customizing Loupe view and Grid view
      2m 46s
    5. Comparing two images
      4m 55s
    6. Surveying multiple images
      5m 20s
    7. Working with the toolbar in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 58s
    8. Working with folders and files in the Library module
      6m 25s
    9. Using dual monitors
      7m 13s
  7. 27m 28s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      4m 27s
    2. Working with catalogs
      3m 19s
    3. Exporting catalogs
      1m 44s
    4. Updating legacy catalogs
      3m 2s
    5. The relationship between the raw and DNG catalogs
      3m 8s
    6. Working with raw files in Lightroom
      3m 53s
    7. Working with DNG files in Lightroom
      6m 5s
    8. Creative tip: Using the right gear
      1m 50s
  8. 9m 43s
    1. Using Quick Develop in the Library module
      2m 37s
    2. Synchronizing processing settings across multiple images
      3m 32s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      1m 45s
    4. Applying white balance and auto tone adjustments
      1m 49s
  9. 35m 28s
    1. Introducing flags, stars, and labels
      5m 0s
    2. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      6m 34s
    3. Adding images to a Quick Collection
      2m 11s
    4. Integrating collections with your workflow
      5m 13s
    5. Grouping images with collections
      3m 7s
    6. Using Smart Collections
      4m 39s
    7. Sorting images
      3m 0s
    8. Renaming images
      2m 1s
    9. Stacking images
      3m 43s
  10. 18m 44s
    1. Adding keywords
      4m 51s
    2. Working with the keyword list
      2m 51s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 26s
    4. Keywording with the spray can
      1m 48s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      3m 58s
    6. Adding copyright metadata
      2m 50s
  11. 17m 46s
    1. Filtering overview
      3m 49s
    2. Locking library filter options
      1m 38s
    3. Filtering based on text
      2m 0s
    4. Filtering by metadata
      6m 13s
    5. Filtering your photos using the Metadata panel
      2m 7s
    6. New filtering criteria in Lightroom 3
      1m 59s
  12. 45m 24s
    1. Exporting images
      6m 19s
    2. Export quality and watermark options
      2m 3s
    3. Exporting movies
      5m 13s
    4. External editing preferences and considerations
      2m 56s
    5. Editing preferences
      5m 6s
    6. Editing photos in Photoshop
      5m 4s
    7. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 30s
    8. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 16s
    9. Merging multiple images in Photoshop
      3m 34s
    10. Creating a panorama
      2m 20s
    11. Working with a CMYK photo
      7m 3s
  13. 15m 37s
    1. Setting up Flickr services
      3m 45s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 35s
    3. Working with comments
      1m 49s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 38s
    5. Creative tip: Visual poetry
      50s
  14. 39m 26s
    1. Develop module overview
      5m 45s
    2. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      3m 46s
    3. Comparing the before and after
      2m 33s
    4. Resetting images to their default settings
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 10s
    6. Using Snapshot and History
      5m 10s
    7. Using the Histogram
      4m 6s
    8. Working with collections
      4m 25s
    9. Introducing virtual copies
      2m 22s
    10. Creating virtual copies
      2m 46s
    11. Introducing the Develop module tool strip
      2m 59s
  15. 50m 0s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      3m 10s
    2. Correcting white balance with a ColorChecker
      3m 11s
    3. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 36s
    4. Creative uses of white balance
      3m 47s
    5. Demystifying the tone controls
      3m 39s
    6. Using the tone controls
      3m 45s
    7. Recovering detail in highlights
      2m 29s
    8. Working with vibrance and saturation
      4m 11s
    9. Making color adjustments with the Vibrance and Saturation sliders
      4m 28s
    10. Creative uses of vibrance and saturation
      3m 12s
    11. Understanding clarity
      3m 20s
    12. Working with clarity
      3m 51s
    13. The standard Basic panel workflow
      4m 4s
    14. Synchronizing basic settings across multiple images
      4m 17s
  16. 23m 58s
    1. Creative tip: Why crop?
      1m 50s
    2. Cropping an image
      4m 18s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      3m 51s
    4. Working with the Crop Overlay tool
      3m 18s
    5. Changing the aspect ratio of an image
      1m 38s
    6. Auditioning different aspect ratios
      1m 56s
    7. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 49s
    8. Using Crop to improve a composition
      5m 18s
  17. 11m 16s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 43s
    2. Retouching away dust on a lens
      3m 22s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 11s
  18. 22m 59s
    1. Introducing the Graduated filter
      4m 37s
    2. Darkening a sky with the Graduated filter
      4m 31s
    3. Enhancing a landscape with the Graduated filter
      3m 33s
    4. Improving a portrait with the Graduated filter
      5m 14s
    5. Increasing color variety and saturation with the Graduated filter
      3m 50s
    6. Creative tip: Tenacity
      1m 14s
  19. 44m 2s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 4s
    2. Essential Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      3m 33s
    3. Enhancing makeup color
      4m 14s
    4. Whitening and brightening teeth
      3m 17s
    5. Improving eyes
      5m 57s
    6. Softening and smoothing skin
      7m 10s
    7. Brightening and improving shadows
      3m 5s
    8. Darkening lips and cheeks
      3m 25s
    9. Correcting overall exposure
      3m 48s
    10. Subtly correcting exposure
      2m 29s
  20. 16m 9s
    1. Demystifying the tone curve controls
      5m 15s
    2. Increasing contrast and color with the tone curve controls
      4m 46s
    3. Correcting exposure with the tone curve controls
      4m 34s
    4. Creative tip: Shoot what matters
      1m 34s
  21. 26m 53s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      5m 2s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      3m 44s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      1m 36s
    4. Using HSL to increase warm tones
      3m 4s
    5. Using HSL to increase warm and cool tones
      2m 56s
    6. Creative color with HSL
      2m 57s
    7. Desaturating color with HSL
      3m 27s
    8. Using the Color panel
      4m 7s
  22. 23m 34s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 15s
    2. Understanding Black & White Mix
      2m 21s
    3. Converting to black and white
      4m 10s
    4. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      3m 35s
    5. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      3m 7s
    6. Using presets to convert to black and white
      3m 12s
    7. Creating a black-and-white collection
      4m 54s
  23. 10m 54s
    1. Understanding split toning
      3m 37s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      4m 10s
    3. Split-toning a color image
      3m 7s
  24. 21m 27s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      3m 26s
    2. Introducing sharpening
      3m 42s
    3. Sharpening in Lightroom
      5m 44s
    4. Advanced sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 4s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 31s
  25. 24m 54s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 53s
    2. Enhancing images with lens correction
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing vignette settings across multiple images
      2m 32s
    4. Combining lens correction, Lightroom, and Photoshop
      3m 36s
    5. Adding a post-crop vignette
      3m 57s
    6. Adding film grain with the Effects panel
      5m 50s
  26. 7m 37s
    1. Understanding Camera Calibration in Lightroom
      4m 46s
    2. Creative color with Camera Calibration
      2m 51s
  27. 38m 28s
    1. Basic Develop module workflow
      7m 28s
    2. Workflow for converting to black and white
      10m 11s
    3. Workflow project: Surfing
      6m 8s
    4. Workflow project: Portrait
      4m 58s
    5. Workflow project: Portrait details
      8m 39s
    6. Creative tip: Go outside
      1m 4s
  28. 36m 31s
    1. Creating a collection to make a slideshow
      3m 56s
    2. Selecting the best images for the slideshow
      3m 17s
    3. Customizing the layout of the slideshow
      3m 34s
    4. Customizing the background of the slideshow
      4m 14s
    5. Customizing overlay elements for the slideshow
      6m 39s
    6. Creating titles for the slideshow
      2m 27s
    7. Playing back the slideshow
      4m 24s
    8. Previewing the slideshow
      4m 0s
    9. Exporting the slideshow to different formats
      4m 0s
  29. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a collection of images to print
      3m 20s
    2. Laying out images into preset templates
      4m 34s
    3. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 26s
    4. Choosing page options for a single image
      6m 8s
    5. Specifying the print job options for a single image
      6m 19s
    6. Creating a custom package
      4m 36s
    7. Creating a picture package
      4m 16s
    8. Printing one image quickly
      1m 42s
    9. Creating a custom print template
      4m 34s
    10. Effective print workflow
      8m 39s
  30. 32m 3s
    1. Creating a collection of images for a web gallery
      5m 18s
    2. Using web gallery templates
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing a web gallery
      6m 49s
    4. Uploading a web gallery
      4m 19s
    5. Creating color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 48s
    6. Uploading color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 32s
    7. Online web gallery resources
      2m 53s
    8. Domain name and hosting overview
      1m 57s
  31. 3m 26s
    1. Online resources and the Lightroom Newsletter
      2m 55s
    2. Goodbye
      31s

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Lightroom 3 Essential Training
13h 24m Appropriate for all Jun 28, 2010

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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the difference between Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Using interface shortcuts to navigate the workspace quickly
  • Working with catalogs
  • Making incremental adjustments
  • Grouping images with collections and smart collections
  • Creating virtual copies of adjusted images
  • Correcting white balances
  • Adjusting color with Vibrance and Saturation
  • Cropping images and changing aspect ratios
  • Using the Adjustment Brush
  • Toning with the HSL controls
  • Outputting images to slideshows and web galleries
  • Printing photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

Sharpening in Lightroom

This particular photograph was captured in a lower light situation, and what I want to do is explore how we can sharpen this image and also reduce the noise in the file. Now, when you open up your Detail panel, you will see this warning icon. If you click on that warning icon, it zooms your image into 100%. And this is a really nice view to have when you are working on the small details of your photograph, because if you are zoomed way out, you can't really determine or define how much sharpening to apply. Now, that being said, sometimes, we are going to capture images that are so big, especially because digital cameras are getting so good, that zooming 100% is going to be overkill.

So in those situations, what we might need to do is to zoom out a little bit. For example, here I will click on this pop-up menu, choose 1:2. In this case, I am just zooming out just a touch, in order to evaluate the overall photograph. Now once you have the view for your photograph, what you can do is modify your sliders. Now in a previous movie, I talked about how you can change the slider amount here, say by increasing the radius. And that a great way to preview this is by holding down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and then clicking on the slider.

Well new in Lightroom 3 is the ability to see this frayscale preview at different view rates, and they have included because they've always realized that you are not always going to be zoomed in to 100%. Now that being said, for many images, going into 100% or greater will work really well. I just want to point out that you may need to experiment a little bit and zoom in and zoom out as you work on your sharpening and noise Reduction. Well, let's click on the warning icon to go into 100% so that we can really see what's happening here with this photograph.

Next, I am going to double-click the Radius slider. That will take that back to the default setting. Well, what do we want to do first here? Well currently, my Luminance Noise Reduction is zero, and we know that almost with every image we are going to need some kind of noise reduction, and the reason we will need that is because the way that digital capture works is it captures a raw file, and a lot of times we have higher ISOs, or we have shadows where our exposure isn't perfect, and so we have noise in the file. We then need to correct that.

So, we will increase the Luminance slider, and I am just going to bring this up, and then modify my Detail control in order to bring up some details there. Next, I will increase the contrast to add a touch of dimension. I will also work on my color noise reduction, removing all the color artifacts from the background. Now, at this point, how do we determine if we are doing a good job? Well, one of the things that you can do is click on this flip switch here. When you click on that, it will turn this on and off. Here we have our before view, without any detail work at all, and then there is the after.

Well, so far, so good. The next thing we want to do is take our fetail amount down to zero. This is the photograph of a person; therefore, we don't want to bring out any extra texture or variation to skin. So we are going to have a really low detail amount. From here we will increase the amount, and I am going to increase the amount incrementally. I will also work on the radius, and I will use these sliders, and then I will increase my masking so I am not sharpening the background of the photograph. Now as we do that, we are actually bringing out more noise in the background.

So if you see more noise, you may need to modify your Detail slider here, or increase your luminance amount. The trick, of course, is to think of all of these sliders as being related to each other, because the more sharpening, for example, more detail, we then need to reduce that noise that we exaggerated here. And in this case, we don't want that high of a detail. But I just did that to illustrate this idea that these sliders are all really interconnected. The other thing to think about as we work on the sharpening is that what we are doing is called input sharpening.

We are sharpening our native raw file. Now eventually, when we output the file, we will do another level of sharpening, which will be defined by the paper type, the resolution, the dimension of the print. Here, all that we want to do is get the image to look good on our monitors. We want to have a nice starting point because our raw files typically lack contrast. They lack sharpness. It's simply just that raw file coming straight off the camera. So in this case, we are going to dial that in appropriately. All right, well here ,at least on my monitor, I think this is looking pretty nice.

I will go ahead and just modify this, just a touch there. Click on the flip switch. Here is my before and after; that's looking a ton better. Next, I will go ahead and click and pan around the image, and I want you to view different areas of the photograph; some of the background, make sure that's looking good. And as you click, you can see your before and after slowly as it updates that preview there. It's also helpful to click on this switch to look at the before and after. Now, in my own workflow, one of the things that I like to do is to zoom out just a bit.

So here I will go to this 1:2 view, and again, just evaluate the photograph, pull back a little bit. Because sometimes I find that zooming in too far, you can overexaggerate things. The other thing that I should point out is that typically when you are sharpening your images, you are going to want to sharpen them just a little bit more than you are comfortable with, and the reason you are going to do that is because the way a monitor renders a photograph, you are going to see details in there that aren't going to be recreated in the print. So by just swinging the sharpening just a little bit high, that can then help you create even better prints.

All right, well here at this juncture, I think we have some pretty good sharpening. Let's go back to the 1:1 view, just to evaluate it and make sure it looks great. Here it is, our overall before and then after.

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