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Applying editable smart filters


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Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images

with Deke McClelland

Video: Applying editable smart filters

If you were with me in the precious exercise then you witnessed me turn a bison into a Smart Object and if you are working along with me, you did the very same. If you like to catch up by the way with where I am at, then you can open this image, its called the Shaggy smart object.PSD and its found inside of the 04_support staff folder. And we have this Smart Object thumbnail here inside the Layers palette. Now I am going to go ahead and sharpen the creature. That's how we are going to start things off and we are going to apply a non destructive Smart Filter. The way you do that, you just make sure that you are working with a Smart Object, that's step 1, we already did that.
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  1. 50m 30s
    1. Why every image needs sharpening
      2m 38s
    2. Understanding the effects of sharpening
      5m 26s
    3. Understanding the mechanics of sharpening
      4m 19s
    4. Understanding sharpening and gradual transitions
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding sharpening and noise reduction
      4m 0s
    6. Understanding amount and radius
      7m 50s
    7. Measuring your screen resolution
      6m 19s
    8. Using reliable zoom ratios
      5m 30s
    9. Calculating the actual print size
      4m 54s
    10. Gauging the ideal sharpening settings
      6m 13s
  2. 59m 31s
    1. Everyone knows you sharpen last (and everyone is wrong)
      1m 8s
    2. Understanding the conventional sharpening workflow
      5m 4s
    3. Flattening and saving to TIFF
      6m 39s
    4. Downsampling (and why you shouldn't upsample)
      6m 8s
    5. Understanding last-step sharpening
      6m 44s
    6. Recognizing problems with the conventional workflow
      9m 38s
    7. Erasing sharpening with the history brush
      4m 30s
    8. Using alternative sharpening workflows
      2m 37s
    9. Sharpening a scanned photograph shot on film
      2m 45s
    10. Sharpening a digital photograph
      3m 6s
    11. Sharpening specific details
      3m 43s
    12. Finding broad workflow conclusions
      2m 49s
    13. Learning that technique trumps timing
      4m 40s
  3. 1h 27m
    1. Comparing and contrasting neighboring pixels
      1m 6s
    2. Using the Gaussian Blur filter
      4m 25s
    3. Using Gaussian luminance distribution
      4m 47s
    4. Using the Unsharp Mask filter
      4m 54s
    5. Understanding the history of Unsharp Mask
      3m 51s
    6. Building your own USM with Gaussian Blur
      7m 35s
    7. Using the Smart Sharpen filter
      7m 35s
    8. Compensating for camera shake
      8m 50s
    9. Building your own Smart Sharpen with Lens Blur
      6m 59s
    10. Using directional sharpening with Emboss
      9m 13s
    11. Using Smart Sharpen extras
      8m 56s
    12. Using Convolution Kernels for more accuracy
      7m 8s
    13. Using the High Pass filter
      7m 32s
    14. Using Luminance Sharpening
      5m 5s
  4. 2h 14m
    1. Smoothing filters, smart objects, and masks
      1m 25s
    2. Using the Median filter and Dust and Scratches
      7m 7s
    3. Using Smart Blur and Surface Blur
      6m 12s
    4. Using the Despeckle filter
      8m 17s
    5. Softening flesh tones selectively
      10m 15s
    6. Using the Reduce Noise filter
      7m 27s
    7. Combining smoothing and sharpening
      8m 24s
    8. Making an image into a smart object
      9m 24s
    9. Applying editable smart filters
      6m 8s
    10. Combining two smart filters
      8m 5s
    11. Assigning a filter mask
      5m 59s
    12. Nesting one smart object inside another
      10m 32s
    13. Employing a static High Pass layer
      8m 59s
    14. Matching static pixel-level edits
      4m 37s
    15. Avoiding clipping with luminance blending
      9m 7s
    16. Sharpening and smoothing
      6m 36s
    17. Making an edge mask
      8m 14s
    18. Making a non-edge mask
      7m 17s
  5. 1h 33m
    1. Sharpening with Adobe Camera Raw
      1m 29s
    2. Introducing Camera Raw (4.1 or later)
      8m 13s
    3. Understanding why to sharpen for source
      5m 14s
    4. Using Camera Raw’s sharpening control
      5m 52s
    5. Previewing limitations and tricks
      6m 45s
    6. Why downsampling doesn’t work
      3m 12s
    7. Reducing chromatic aberration
      7m 30s
    8. Using the Defringe option
      3m 32s
    9. Understanding high frequency, low radius
      5m 21s
    10. Raising the Detail value
      3m 6s
    11. Using on-the-fly edge masking
      5m 41s
    12. Sharpening a low-frequency portrait
      6m 36s
    13. Eliminating color noise
      4m 47s
    14. Reducing luminance noise
      4m 42s
    15. Correcting “false sharpening”
      7m 15s
    16. Reducing shadow noise
      5m 22s
    17. Approximating ACR sharpening in Photoshop
      8m 35s
  6. 59m 8s
    1. Gauging and exploiting luminance frequency
      1m 27s
    2. Using low-frequency source sharpening
      5m 53s
    3. Using High Pass for portraits
      4m 19s
    4. Actioning a low-frequency edge mask
      7m 42s
    5. Modifying the source sharpening
      5m 21s
    6. Using high-frequency source sharpening
      5m 26s
    7. Using Smart Sharpen for cityscapes
      3m 2s
    8. Actioning a high-frequency edge mask
      5m 4s
    9. Downplaying color artifacts and clipping
      4m 4s
    10. Sharpening a medium-frequency image
      5m 24s
    11. Sharpening a layered composition
      7m 16s
    12. Sharpening for multiple frequencies
      4m 10s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. Who needs dull when you have sharp?
      56s
    2. Focusing in on a person’s eyes
      4m 22s
    3. Blurring the area outside the eyes
      4m 22s
    4. Sharpening eyes and other details
      5m 38s
    5. Darkening the lashes and eyebrows
      7m 13s
    6. Sharpening dark-haired people
      5m 2s
    7. Edge mask and emphasize
      3m 39s
    8. Nesting a Smart Sharpen effect
      4m 48s
    9. Density mask sharpening
      5m 35s
    10. Adding depth of field
      4m 39s
    11. Sharpening a background
      4m 23s
    12. Masking background from foreground
      8m 51s
    13. Eliminating halos around a person
      5m 38s
    14. Deepening and warming a background
      3m 28s
  8. 1h 18m
    1. Reverting back to convention
      1m 37s
    2. Understanding the use-neutral composition
      4m 15s
    3. Restoring much-needed antialiasing
      4m 2s
    4. Reducing noise in a high-frequency image
      7m 24s
    5. Making a third-level smart object
      3m 55s
    6. Preparing an image for print
      5m 18s
    7. Using ideal settings for commercial reproduction
      5m 37s
    8. Calculating very large-format settings
      5m 11s
    9. Using ideal settings for inkjet output
      4m 26s
    10. Sharpening for commercial reproduction
      5m 45s
    11. Sharpening for inkjet output
      4m 58s
    12. Revealing high-frequency multipass sharpening
      5m 21s
    13. Using Gaussian Blur to sharpen hair
      5m 41s
    14. Flatten, Save As, Resample, and Sharpen
      5m 9s
    15. Revealing low-frequency multipass sharpening
      3m 30s
    16. Sharpening an image for web or screen
      6m 22s
  9. 1m 50s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 50s

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Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images
10h 33m Intermediate Feb 15, 2008

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Real focus happens inside the camera's lens element. The sharpening features in Photoshop CS3 exaggerate the contrast along edges in a photograph to transform a well-focused image into an outstanding image. In Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images, Deke McClelland teaches a host of sharpening and noise reduction techniques, including using filters such as Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, High Pass, and Reduce Noise. The training teaches the essentials of sharpening, including what it does, why it's important, and how the filters function. Plus, the training covers Deke's recommended best practices, including the four distinct varieties of sharpening, which can be used independently or in combination with each other. Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images is about how to transform images from looking good to looking their absolute best. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the effects of sharpening
  • In-depth examinations of Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass
  • Smoothing an image with the Surface Blur, Despeckle, and Reduce Noise features
  • Working with smart objects and smart filters
  • Creating edge masks and non-edge masks
  • Sharpening for digital-image capture using Camera Raw
  • Gauging and exploiting luminance frequency
  • Exploring creative applications of sharpening
  • Sharpening a multilayer composition
  • Sharpening eyes, hair, and out-of-focus backgrounds
  • Reducing noise in a high-frequency image
  • Determining ideal settings for commercial and inkjet output
  • Sharpening very large-format images
  • Sharpening an image for the web or screen output
Subjects:
Photography Sharpening
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Applying editable smart filters

If you were with me in the precious exercise then you witnessed me turn a bison into a Smart Object and if you are working along with me, you did the very same. If you like to catch up by the way with where I am at, then you can open this image, its called the Shaggy smart object.PSD and its found inside of the 04_support staff folder. And we have this Smart Object thumbnail here inside the Layers palette. Now I am going to go ahead and sharpen the creature. That's how we are going to start things off and we are going to apply a non destructive Smart Filter. The way you do that, you just make sure that you are working with a Smart Object, that's step 1, we already did that.

Now you go up to the Filter menu and you just choose the filter. Now you will notice that most of these top filters are not available to you, just the Filter Fallery is available to you if you are working in a RGB image. Not available in CMYK or any other modes and then we have all these filters are available, again assuming that you are working in the RGB mode, except for, if you go the blur menu, you will see Lens Blur is mysteriously not available to you because it is too complicated, as I understand. There's a couple of other filters that are misplaced in another submenu that are also available to you and I will go ahead and show you them.

They are under the Image menu, you go to Adjustments and you can see Shadow/Highlight is available as a non-destructive Smart Filter and so is the Variations command, also available to you. Well anyway, what we are going to apply, of course, we want to apply a sharpening function and it is going to be Smart Sharpen, so we can just run Control+Alt+F, so that's what I am going to do here. I will press Control+Alt+F or Command+Option+F on the Mac. Brings up the Smart Sharpen dialog box and these are the settings I want to apply. Amount value 350%, a Radius value of 4.0 pixels, Remove set to Lens Blur, More Accurate turned off, end of story.

Really that's it. You can check out the preview if you want to. Otherwise just go ahead and click OK, and that's all it is to it, because I am working with a Smart Object, Photoshop knows that I want to apply a non-destructive Smart Filter and there it is. Also we have a couple of things going on. If you take a close look at the Layers palette here, we have got this item that says Smart Filter, so this is sort of the heading for all of your Smart Filters that are contained underneath, they are inset underneath. And then we have got what's called the filter mask that affects all of the Smart Filters in kind. So you can't assign different mask for different filters.

If you want to do that, you have to create a nested Smart Object. I will show you how to do that actually in a future exercise, but for now just notice that you have got this filter mask. Now if you don't intend to use the filter mask, you can just go ahead and throw it away because it kind of clutters up the palette, and that's what I am going to do. I am going to grab it and I am going to drag it down to the trash can and that throws it away. Now you can always bring it back later. Notice how things are much tidier now inside the Layers palette and sometimes it is useful to be tidy because otherwise when you start working in big layer compositions, you start taking up the entire height to the Layers palette, and it's is nice to be able to see more than the just a handful layers at a time.

If you want to bring that filter mask back at any point in time, you don't click on here on this little guy. That creates a layer mask, you can make it create a filter mask for you. So instead what you have to do is you right-click on the word Smart Filters and you choose Add Filter Mask. Now we will go ahead and bring that filter mask back. Alright, I am going to go ahead and do that though. I want the filter mask gone for now and I just want to focus on Smart Sharpen. Now this inset here tells me that I have applied this sharpening effect and it's non-destructive and if I want to modify it, I can just double click and that will bring up the Smart Sharpen dialog box and I can change the settings, if I wanted to.

I am happy with the settings the way they are though. Now I click OK, presumably to go ahead and update the settings, and I will do that right now. Now you will notice a lot of delays associated with Smart Filters. Smart Filters are not the fastest features on earth and once you start combining multiple smart features together, which is where the real power comes in, that's when you really start to get some major slowdowns. So when you start combining your sharpening options with your smoothing options, which is something you need to do inside Photoshop.

So anyway, we have got this very sharp buffalo, just like that one sharpened versions of the bison I was showing you in the previous exercise. I was telling you it wasn't very good because its bringing out all these artifacts, so we need to down play the artifacts to the degree that we can, and we will do that by changing the blend settings associated with this Smart Sharpen effect right here. And you do that by going to this little icon, the slider icon, and you double click on it. That brings up the blend settings. Now you need to be prepared to wait. You are going to get delays, like I was telling you, just slight delays at this point, they are going to grow to be bigger delays shortly here.

I am going to go ahead and click on the eye, so we can keep an eye on it, here inside of the Blending Options dialog box. Notice that I can change the Mode or the Opacity. I am going to change the Mode of course to Luminosity and I can do this on the fly, live, non destructively. And you could see, if you look closely there, I will go and zoom in so that you can see that this is before, if I am clicking and holding, you can see that the eye has sort of blue halos around it and as soon as I release, all that blueness goes away because we are no longer sharpening the color discrepancies between the various color channels, and we are just focusing on the luminance information.

Alright, I will go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification. Now this is good but its by no means good enough. We do need to smooth this creature to some extent before we sharpen it and I really want to smooth away this weird color patterns that are showing up. For example we are still seeing that burgundy pattern. Notice this area of sort of burgundy stuff that's going on inside the animal, as if we threw some wine on him. Which we didn't, we had the wine later in the day actually. But we did not do anything to this animal. It's just part of the photographic process.

I have no idea why the camera captured the data this way because its really not there. So we need to downplay this color anomalies. We did our best where Smart Sharpen was concerned, we set it to Luminosity but that didn't do the trick. So what we are going to have to do is apply a pass of the Median filter just to the color information and we are going to apply Median as a non destructive Smart Filter in the very next exercise.

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