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Adding texture and effects with High Pass

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

Video: Adding texture and effects with High Pass

In this movie, we are going to talk about another scenario for using the High Pass sharpening effect. What I want to do here is just begin to think about how we can add a little bit of texture with this effect. Before I do that, we have to talk a little bit about sharpening in regards to contrast. I click on the Curves adjustment layer icon and I decrease the Contrast here, well, the image doesn't feel as sharp. On the other hand, if I increase the Contrast, the image feels much more sharp. So let's delete that layer, we don't really need that. I just wanted to pull that up to illustrate this idea that sharpness and contrast go hand in hand.

Adding texture and effects with High Pass

In this movie, we are going to talk about another scenario for using the High Pass sharpening effect. What I want to do here is just begin to think about how we can add a little bit of texture with this effect. Before I do that, we have to talk a little bit about sharpening in regards to contrast. I click on the Curves adjustment layer icon and I decrease the Contrast here, well, the image doesn't feel as sharp. On the other hand, if I increase the Contrast, the image feels much more sharp. So let's delete that layer, we don't really need that. I just wanted to pull that up to illustrate this idea that sharpness and contrast go hand in hand.

So let's say that with this particular photograph, we will double-click on the Zoom tool and with this photograph, we want to bring in some texture to this sculpture here. We don't obviously want to add any sharpening to the background but we want to have this be a little bit more tactile. We want to bring out these little tiny details. So here is what we are going to do. We are going to go ahead and copy the Background layer, Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on a PC. We will name this high pass. Next, we will navigate to our Filter pulldown menu > Other and High Pass. Now we are looking to bring in some texture here and it doesn't really matter how the edges look. More important that it matters how the detail on the sculpture looks. Click OK to apply that. We have some color fringing. I can see that. All different kinds of color problems.

You know how to fix that, right? It's Command+U on a Mac, Ctrl+U on a PC, remove the color and click OK. Next, we are going to take this to a blend mode of Overlay or Soft Light. I'm going to choose Overlay because I want to make this real intense. So here is my before, here is my after. Nice texture there, except I obviously wrecked the sky. So how do I fix that? Well, we will turn that layer off and click back into the Background layer. I'll close my Adjustments panel for a moment by double-clicking on the Adjustments tab, so that we can really focus in on the Background layer.

Next, we are going to grab the good old Quick Select tool and all that we need to do here is quickly click-and-drag across the image. If there is an area of the image we don't want to have to selected, as I have here, hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC and just click-and-drag to paint that away. Then we will go ahead and add this area back in and just looking to try to get it pretty close to the edge. It doesn't need to be perfect. I'll make my brush a little bit smaller and again, just remove that, a little bit of an edge there. Again, the edge doesn't need to be perfect. Actually, having a little bit of a problem area there will help us out because we will be able to see how we can fix that later. Next, click in the high pass layer. Now this high pass layer, we are going to then add a layer mask. So we click on the Add Layer Mask icon, so that the sharpening is only affecting the sculpture. So here is my before and after.

Well, so far so good, except my edges are a little bit too sharp. I'll go into the Mask panel. And when I go into the Mask panel, I can choose Mask Edge. Now this is really interesting. Here we can see that I'm in the mask and I'm going to bring back some of these adjustments, bring them back to normalize them a little bit. Then I'll zoom out, so I can see my image here. I'm going to view this with this red rubylith overlay and there you can see a little bit of my problem area. Now I can contract this edge, so that that becomes a little bit smaller there.

It comes in. Feather it. We can see that it's softening those edges; the red is spilling over into the sculpture. I can also smooth that out. Again, that's going to take off that hard edge that I have there and I can dial this in until I see that it looks pretty good. Click OK to apply that and now I have a new edge on that mask. When I zoom in, it's going to be a much more friendly, much softer edge than it was before. Now I have a pretty intense amount of sharpening, yet I'm okay with that because I'm going for this kind of a special effect. Okay, so I have all that texture. Now I want to work with the color. Again, we are just beginning to combine sharpening with other techniques here. We will click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Hue/Saturation. Next, we are going to choose Colorize and we are going to add quite a bit of blue here. Then we will take the blend mode of this layer to good old Soft Light.

Now I really like doing things like this because what it will do is it will add contrast and kind of bleach the image out a little bit, removing a lot of the color and adding in a little bit of blue. Now if I don't like that amount of blue, I can swing it one way or another, but again, I think that looks kind of fun there. Lower the Saturation perhaps to remove even more of the blue. Here is my before and after. Again, I'm going for a little bit more of a gritty, tactile feel. Almost looks a little bit surreal in my opinion. That image looks like it's almost two separate things. I'll click on our before and after, so we can zoom in to see what kind of texture we are bringing into this area of the photograph.

All right, well, it's a little bit too strong, so we will lower the Opacity and/or try a different blend mode like Soft Light. Again, we just want to add a little bit of contrast there, a little bit of boost. We will find the sweet spot. That looks good. Zoom out a touch to look at our overall before and after. Here is before. Now when we look at the before, this looks like it's not even in focus and there is the after. We added quite a bit of a tactile nature to that particular object in this photograph. It feels like it has much more texture in a kind of a unique and creative way.

So all that I'm trying to do here is to just get you to begin to think about how when you are sharpening your photographs, sometimes you are just sharpening for a typical print. It's a normal workflow. Other times, you need to get a little bit more creative with your sharpening perhaps, in order to fulfill your desired intent with a particular photograph. Whatever your goal is, my hope is that these different sharpening techniques will ultimately lead you to creating engaging and compelling final prints.

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  1. 4m 20s
    1. Welcome
      3m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      57s
  2. 12m 3s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 32s
    2. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 49s
    3. Calibrating your monitor
      3m 54s
    4. Calibration demo
      2m 48s
  3. 31m 39s
    1. Correcting color pt. 1: Determining the white and black points
      2m 27s
    2. Correcting color pt. 2: Using curves
      4m 15s
    3. Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning
      3m 14s
    4. Correcting color pt. 4: Adding finishing touches
      4m 35s
    5. Color-correcting an outdoor portrait with curves
      2m 41s
    6. Color-correcting skin tone by the numbers
      2m 36s
    7. Applying skin tone color correction by the numbers
      3m 52s
    8. Correcting reflected color
      2m 25s
    9. Color-correcting a studio fashion portrait
      3m 18s
    10. Color-correcting skin in a natural light portrait
      2m 16s
  4. 40m 52s
    1. Camera Raw input sharpening
      4m 14s
    2. Sharpening with Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      4m 57s
    4. Sharpening pt. 1: Using Smart Filters
      3m 15s
    5. Sharpening pt: 2: Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    6. Sharpening and blend modes
      2m 46s
    7. Using Unsharp Mask
      5m 41s
    8. Using High Pass to sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Adding texture and effects with High Pass
      5m 26s
  5. 19m 25s
    1. Business card resources
      4m 11s
    2. Using a business card template
      1m 22s
    3. Designing the front of a business card
      5m 7s
    4. Designing the back of a business card
      5m 17s
    5. Repurposing a business card for others
      1m 26s
    6. Business card examples
      2m 2s
  6. 32m 11s
    1. Typography resources sites
      3m 32s
    2. Tips and shortcuts for working with type
      4m 7s
    3. Promo card inspiration and resources
      3m 26s
    4. Using a template to build a promo
      2m 19s
    5. Customizing the template
      5m 1s
    6. Building a grid-based promo card
      7m 29s
    7. Resources for creating a photo book
      3m 22s
    8. Photo book examples
      2m 55s
  7. 53m 53s
    1. Creating a PDF layout with the Output module
      6m 35s
    2. Creating a layout pt. 1: Using the Output module to create a rough layout
      3m 24s
    3. Creating a layout pt. 2: Customizing a PDF layout in Photoshop
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a three-image layout in Photoshop
      2m 50s
    5. Creating a grid photo montage
      5m 23s
    6. Building a creative layout pt. 1
      4m 24s
    7. Building a creative layout pt. 2
      8m 6s
    8. Multiple-image layout pt. 1: Using Bridge and Photoshop
      3m 59s
    9. Multiple-image layout pt. 2: Masking and resizing photos
      6m 19s
    10. Multiple-image layout pt. 3: Finalizing the layout
      2m 39s
    11. Multiple-image layout pt. 4: Color and sharpening
      5m 13s
  8. 13m 34s
    1. Printer recommendations
      2m 47s
    2. Paper recommendations
      1m 50s
    3. Paper resources
      3m 27s
    4. Printing recommendations overview
      5m 30s
  9. 15m 46s
    1. Color management refresher
      1m 53s
    2. Finding sample files online for test printing
      3m 0s
    3. Soft-proofing with paper profiles
      1m 49s
    4. Soft-proofing to correct an image
      2m 52s
    5. Setting white and black points based on the test print
      6m 12s
  10. 34m 0s
    1. Starting with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    2. Resizing in Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. Setting the white and black points
      2m 17s
    4. Checking skin tone
      3m 48s
    5. Sharpening with Smart Sharpen
      3m 55s
    6. Making soft proof corrections
      2m 54s
    7. Introducing the Photoshop Print dialog
      2m 44s
    8. Color management and the Photoshop Print dialog
      3m 32s
    9. Final Print dialog settings
      2m 33s
    10. The final print
      4m 5s
  11. 23m 7s
    1. Setting up a test strip print
      2m 32s
    2. Modifying the test strip print
      5m 30s
    3. Understanding rendering intents
      2m 20s
    4. Test-printing rendering intents
      2m 35s
    5. Batch-processing with actions
      5m 50s
    6. The image processor
      4m 20s
  12. 23m 55s
    1. Overview and intro
      4m 45s
    2. Using a promo card template
      2m 47s
    3. Converting to CMYK
      7m 36s
    4. Field trip to a printing press
      8m 47s
  13. 6m 36s
    1. Resource sites
      2m 0s
    2. What's next
      2m 51s
    3. Goodbye
      1m 45s

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