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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
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Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
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Before we look at the third remove setting which is Motion Blur I want to introduce you to the advanced settings inside of the Smart Sharpen dialog box. To that end go ahead and open this image it's called notrespassing.jpeg. This is an image that I shot. It's a low resolution image it's kind of a cruddy image as well. And these advanced settings are useful for cruddy images as it turns out this image is so cruddy that's it's got a little of bird poop on the top of this on the top of this pole here, which I knew you would want to stare at for the entire exercise.
Actually I am going to move it up so I will make this image a little more discreet, cover it up buddy alright so now I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+F or Command+Option+F on the Mac in order to once again visit the Smart Sharpen dialog box here and these are the last settings I applied in the amount value of a 100% and a radius value of 3.0 pixels. We are going to stick with remove set to Lens Blur but we are going to change these other values a little bit specifically I am going to take the amount value up to 400% so that we are exaggerating the amount value when we can really see what's going on inside of this image.
And now I am going to move it down a little bit not that far down, no little farther up there so we can still see the fly though. It's a little fly sitting here on top of this sign. Now notice that we are clipping some highlights and shadows. One of the effects of exaggerating the edge contrast is that you will on occasion blur your highlights and clip your shadows but not in super big regions the way you can with a Levels command for example, let's say, rather you are going to just sort of blow these little edge pixels which isn't as big a deal but it might not be the effect that you are looking for.
So this is before notice that the edge was much more tampered in this area near the fly and this is after. So let's say you want to turn down the highlights and shadows well you would take advantage of the advanced options right here go ahead and click on this Advance radio button. And notice now you have got tabs you didn't have tabs before check that out now you have got tabs one that includes Sharpen all the sharpen controls that we have already looked at and the others are shadow and highlight. Now I am going to go ahead and turn More Accurate off for this image. We certainly don't want More Accurate turned on if anything we want for this image we want less accurate, fewer flies, less bird poop those kinds of controls.
Anyway 400% and a 3.0 radius will work for us. Remove set to Lens Blur, now let's start by checking out highlights since it's most obvious that we are blowing highlights inside of this image. Now this three values here the bottom two don't do anything until you adjust the fade amounts, so let's go ahead and crank the fade amount all the way up to a 100% and notice, did you see that we just faded out those highlights right there. And if you want to fade more highlights if you want to include more highlights into the highlights grouping there then go ahead and raise the tonal width value if you want to include fewer luminance levels in the highlight equation then reduce the tonal width value so in other words if you raise this all the way up to a 100% this is just like a tonal width setting inside of the shadow highlight dialog box, remember that way back when so in other words the idea is that we are starting with white as our absolute highlight and then tapering off over the course of the entire brightness range when we set this to a 100%.
If you don't want this shadows to be effected at all not even little bit then back off this option here. I am going to go ahead and take it fairly high so we can include a few midtones as well so I will take the tonal width value up to 75%. The radius value allows you to distribute the effect if you need to but in reality it barely does anything it has very little effect in the way of a visible effect inside of your image. I am going to go ahead and take it up to 10 pixels just so that radius value is bigger than the radius value that we have assigned for the sharpen effect, just so that we are not going to see edges inside of edges there.
It's very unlikely we would by I am just running a precaution and then I would go ahead and take that fade value down to something that makes a little more sense. And I am just sort of going to keep an eye on my preview in order to gauge how much fading I really want and then about 35% I think it looks pretty good so this is the unsharpened version of the image and this is the sharpened version of the image without any blown highlights thanks to these values right here and working on this same rational I figure I have probably got some clip shadows inside this hideous little photograph here so I might as well apply the same settings 35, 75, 10 so let's go ahead and enter the same values of 35% 75 tonal width and of course 10 for the radius value just to keep things moderately distributed there.
And this actually looks pretty good now. This is a before version of the shot and this is an after version and you see how much we have reined in the sharpening effect even though we still have this relatively large amount value actually I would say not even relatively this is just a large amount value but because we have tampered the shadows and highlights we backed off the effect considerably. Now there is one more option inside this dialog box that I want to show you the fact that you can save out settings and it sufficiently bizarre that I am going to explain how you work this option in the next exercise.
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