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Solution: Selective noise reduction and sharpening

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Video: Solution: Selective noise reduction and sharpening

Okay. Now, there is one other way to do it.

Solution: Selective noise reduction and sharpening

Okay. Let me show you how I solve this challenge. Now, the first trick is using Photoshop and Camera Raw only. Not going to Lightroom for the noise reduction component. And if you recall, there's a few different ways to do that. With this file highlighted, I could hit Cmd+R. And I could pop in, and we know this is where I'm going to want to do my noise reduction. Now, the other way to do it is I could come in here to Camera Raw Preferences.

And automatically open all supported JPEGs. Now, there is one other way to do it. If you're in Photoshop CC, you could do that directly from the application, and you could pop into that as a filter. So any of those ways would be okay. But the very first thing you'd want to do is adjust the image, because we really don't know what we're working with until we adjust it. So, I want to darken the highlights a little, definitely want to open up the shadows, and if we recall, it's in opening up those shadows that we're going to start seeing some problems. We can back up to 100% to see the affected areas, but this is definitely the place that we want to do our noise reduction.

And in order to do that, we're going to use our Adjustment brush. So we'll select that, let's back up so we can see the whole area that we're going to affect, and. Let's make it a little darker so that we can make sure we're on the mark and make sure that everything else is turned off. I can double click any of those sliders to reset them and I want to make sure that I have the right size brush and that things are set to auto mask, okay. Make this a little bit smaller. So what should happen now is I'm going to get a preview of the area that I'm applying this to.

And that looks pretty good, I can roll over that and see, and I can use my Option key to come back and tune up any of this along the edges. And I want to check in with that. Can either look at the darker area or I can roll over my pin and that looks pretty good. Now what I want to do is bring the Exposure back to where it should be. Double-click on it. And reduce the Noise. Okay, that looks pretty decent. I could Zoom in there and take a closer look. Doesn't look bad.

The thing it's going to need is some sharpening, and there's two ways that we could do this. One, choose to just sharpen right here. We've already got the area selected. That's not bad. Click OK. But if you recall, the way that I said is best for sharpening is to use the Sharpening brush in Photoshop. And the very best way is to use that, the layer based environment so that it's not destructive. So I go underneath my Blur tool, I find my Sharpen tool, and set this somewhere below to mid side, I would use my Ctrl+Opt or Ctrl+Alt key.

To get a brush size about the same as my subject, I'd make sure protect detail is on, it's on by default. And then, I double click on my Zoom tool to make sure I'm looking at things nice and close and I just come down here and I'd start sharpening this. And if I use this method, I wouldn't be creating any artifacts, I wouldn't be restoring any noise, I'd just be sharpening the image. And the more I use it, the better results I'd get. And if I wanted to, I could toggle the layer to see what I did or I could pull down the opacity to fade the effect.

I have reduced noise in Camera Raw, I've sharpened in Photoshop, and I've used the best tools for each job. Hopefully you came up with something like that.

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