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As we make our way down the different panels, in the Develop module, the Detail panel comes next. Let's take a look at how we can use the Detail panel, and how we can use a few shortcut keys in order to improve the way that we sharpen our photographs. Let's open up the Detail panel by pressing Command+5 on a Mac, or Control+5 on Windows. You notice that there is a little warning icon right here. That warning icon is telling me that I'm zoomed too far out in order to evaluate the detail in this picture. So here, let's go ahead and click on this icon in order to zoom in to 100 percent.
Next, we can use these different sliders to either reduce noise, or to sharpen the image. When it comes to Sharpening we can increase the overall Amount, but sometimes it's hard to see what's actually happening here. Well if you press the Option key on a Mac, or Alt on Windows, and you click and drag on these sliders here, we can see the Sharpening now is in grayscale. That can help us to determine just the right amount of Sharpening. Now what about the Radius slider? Hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and you can see how that Radius determines how much those edges are going to glow.
As I increase this, you can see the edges are really glowing in a way that doesn't look very good. As I decrease this, I can find just the right amount for that overall Radius. Next, the Detail slider. If you hold down the Option key on a Mac, or Alt key on windows, you can see that this will sharpen those small details. Or if we want to have a little bit more of a smooth texture, we can decrease that Detail amount. And again, this is all about holding down Option or Alt, and then clicking and dragging on these sliders.
Last, but not least, the Masking slider gives us a great preview when we hold down Option or Alt. Press Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and click and drag this to the right. Here, it's creating a Mask for us. Whatever is black will not be sharpened. Whatever is white we'll be sharpened. By increasing the Masking value, we can limit the areas that are sharpened. In this case, I don't necessarily want to sharpen the sky. So if we hold down Option or Alt, we can create a mask, so that the sky area will not be sharpened, yet so that we'll have some nice details of this oak tree here, which will be sharpened.
Well now that we have sharpened that photograph, here I am just going to click zoom out, so that we can see entire picture, and that looks really good. So you can zoom in and zoom out by clicking on this triangle icon here, click and drag to pan around the image to a evaluate it, and then finally, hold down the Option or Alt key when working with these different sliders to get these unique previews, which can help you to set just the right amount of sharpening in the Detail panel.
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