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Blurring the area outside the eyes


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Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images

with Deke McClelland

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Alright, gang this is what we've got. This is what we are going for. So lets get started here. We are going to start things off by applying the Gaussian Blur filter to a limited portion of the image to the area around the eyes. So I am going to restore the original version of the image which is called Piercing gaze.PSD from photographer, Tom Young, and you will find this image inside the 07 for_effect folder. I have a Smart Object already waiting for me here. So I am bound to create a nondestructive modification using a Smart Filter and the Smart Filter that I am going to apply is Gaussian Blur.
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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

Blurring the area outside the eyes

Alright, gang this is what we've got. This is what we are going for. So lets get started here. We are going to start things off by applying the Gaussian Blur filter to a limited portion of the image to the area around the eyes. So I am going to restore the original version of the image which is called Piercing gaze.PSD from photographer, Tom Young, and you will find this image inside the 07 for_effect folder. I have a Smart Object already waiting for me here. So I am bound to create a nondestructive modification using a Smart Filter and the Smart Filter that I am going to apply is Gaussian Blur.

I am going to up to the Filter menu, choose Blur and by the way note that only one filter, only one Blur filter, is not available to you and that is the Lens Blur filter. You cannot apply Lens Blur as a Smart Filter. So our next best bet for blurring is Gaussian Blur. I am going to go ahead and choose that command and I am going to raise the Gaussian Blur value to 8 pixels, so I am applying quite a bit of Gaussian Blur as you can see here. Then I am going to go ahead and click OK and Photoshop automatically assigns Gaussian Blur as a Smart Filter and provides me with the Filter Mask, so that I can limit the effect if I want to and of course, I do want to.

I am going to go ahead and switch to the Elliptical Marquee tool right here, and then I am going to draw a general ellipse around pretty much to this portion of the image here, almost as if I were giving her something like a snorkel mask or scuba mask if you will. So this area is the portion of the area that I am going to select. It is more or less centered on the eyes as you can see and lets go ahead and switch over to the Filter Mask by clicking on it, here inside the Layers palette, and then I am going to check my foreground and background colors.

My background color is currently set to black that is just fine by me. So I'll press Ctrl+Backspace or Command+Delete in order to fill my selection with black like so and that rules out Gaussian Blur from the area inside of the ellipse and you can see that I now have a black ellipse inside of my Filter Mask over here in the thumbnail inside the Layers palette. Alright, now press Ctrl+D or Command+D in the Mac in order to deselect the image, and we have something of a naturally sharp transition between the blurry and unblurry portions of the image.

We need to go ahead and fuzz that up, create a gradual transition and we are going to do that using Gaussian Blur, but this time we are applying Gaussian Blur as a static adjustment to the Filter Mask. So what I want you to do is press Ctrl+Alt+F or Command+Option+F on the Mac to bring up the Gaussian Blur filter, and I am going to enter a Radius value of 120, so a very high Radius value. Now you should know at this point just a little bit of an aside here, notice how it a gradual transition between the blurry and unblurry portions of the image; that's a good thing.

You may wonder why didn't I create the selection before I applied Gaussian Blur? Why didn't I select the elliptical area and then apply Gaussian Blur, so that Photoshop would automatically generate a black on white mask for me in advance? The reason I didn't work that way is because if I did, then the area outside of the canvass would have been treated as black and now would be blurring in on the edges and you would know what I mean, if you would gone ahead and applied things in a wrong order; it is a big mask actually. So this way we avoid that problem.

I will go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification and here is the blur outside of the blurry mask, applied very nicely; the eyes are still in very nice shape. Now I don't want all of her details out here to be completely blurry like this. I just want a heavy duty coating of blur, but I want the original unblurry details to show through just a little bit in the background. So I am going to double click on this little blending icon right there next to the where is Gaussian Blur in order to bring up the Blending Options dialog box, and I am going to change the Opacity to 70%; nothing more, I don't want you to apply a special blend mode, leave Mode set as Normal.

We are just going to reduce the Opacity to 70% that allows some details to show through. So we just have a little bit of balance to the details just a little bit of blurry balance going on here, then click OK in order to accept that modification. Now just to give you a sense of what we have managed to accomplish inside of this exercise, this is the original version of the image and this is the modified Gaussian Blur version of the image. In the next exercise, we are going to go in and sharpen the eyes using the High Pass filter.

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