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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.
Most of Photoshop sharpening functions are expressed as commands under the Filter menu. The only exceptions are the Sharpen and Blur tools, but how should I say this. Ix-nay on the harpens-ay and lur-bay tools. They uck-say. These filters, these very good filters, compare neighboring pixels to create the illusion of sharpeness, as this Chapter explains. But here is the weird thing, crazy as it sounds, the pixel comparison operation, which is the operation that drives everything, is blurring. I know it doesn't even sound possible, but by blurring pixels Photoshop creates the illusion of sharpness, which is why we will began our discussion of the sharpening filters with Gaussian Blur.
Trust me, in just a few exercises it will all make sense. Incidentally, well be wasting time on the single shot sharpeners, you know the ones without the ellipses, the dot, dot, dots. I am talking about Sharpen, Sharpen Edges and Sharpen More. You cant control their behavior so their inflexible. The good Commands have dots after them, Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, Emboss, High Pass. You'll see.
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