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Noise Reduction and Sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop
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Noise Reduction and Sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Video: Using third-party plugins and sending to Lightroom

We've learned a lot about where Light Room fits in Just make that look uniquely different. And we want to go back to Light Room.

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Noise Reduction and Sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop
1h 6m Intermediate Feb 07, 2014

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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.

Subjects:
Photography Raw Processing Night + Low Light Sharpening
Software:
Photoshop Lightroom Camera Raw
Author:
Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Using third-party plugins and sending to Lightroom

We've learned a lot about where Light Room fits in for noise reduction and sharpening with global and even some selective edits, and where Photoshop comes in for really precise, detailed edits, and even things you couldn't do anywhere else. Now what I want to talk about is where to go from here, outside of Photoshop and Light Room, and how to get back to Light Room when you're done in Photoshop. So, the one plugin that I'm going to recommend around noise reduction and sharpening is really just on the sharpening side because truthfully, when it comes to noise reduction, I truly believe that Camera Raw Light Room are the best places to do that, works exceptionally well.

With sharpening, while there's a lot of great work that we can do with selective areas and global areas, that savvy that you saw in Light Room, with variable output sharpening, is really cool. Now luckily, if we look over here at pixelgenius.com, these are actually the folks that we worked with on the Light Room solution. And they make some great technology for Photoshop CC. And of course they make a variety of different plugins for older versions as well. If you enjoyed what I showed you in Light Room, where you can have variable sharpening output for screen, print, or web, you can do that same sort of thing in Photoshop.

And I'll mention, that those are not just presets, they are really are things that these folks have thought a lot about. And for those of you who are really into Photoshop, you might recognize some of the people on the team here. There's some pretty serious Photoshop users. They're definitely leaders and influencers in the space and they've really thought about these problems and take them seriously. And of course, the other way to do this, and it isn't exactly the same, is let's say we've done something here over in Photoshop, we've made our changes, whatever they might be.

Just make that look uniquely different. And we want to go back to Light Room. Now, whether we're sharpening and we're choosing to use that special web or print output sharpening, or we just want to get the file back over there because that's where all of our files live, we're just going to hit Cmd + W and it will save that back over there. Now if it didn't originally come from Light Room, what you want to do is make sure that you save it out as a file that Light Room will understand.

And the highest res files would be a TIFF or a PSD. You don't want to ruin your file by using a JPEG, that's going to introduce a bunch of artifacts. But again, if you came from Light Room, all you have to do is hit Cmd + W, and when you go back over to Light Room, you're going to see your image right over there next to the other one, and that will be a duplicate file that will not be the same file. So we'll have our original JPEG, and then our new TIFF, sitting side by side, right there in the catalog. So there really is a round trip where you come back to where you started, and Light Room is your develop module, but it's a container for all your images as well.

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