Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate
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Correcting for camera shake


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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Video: Correcting for camera shake

In this movie, I'll show you how to use Smart Sharpen to compensate for camera shake. And then in the next movie, I'll show you an alternate technique that relies on the filter called emboss. Now, camera shake is what happens when you as the photographer, move the camera during a long exposure. And this image is a perfect example. It's a handheld shot captured under low light and I just had the camera set to auto. So, as a result the ISO's cranked up to 12,800, which means we have an extremely noisy image.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014)
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014)
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014)
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014)
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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10h 37m Intermediate Aug 19, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2014

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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.

Topics include:
  • Performing automatic retouch, scaling, and more with the Content-Aware tools
  • Editing the histogram
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Making channel-by-channel Levels adjustments
  • Sharpening with the Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass filters
  • Working with vector-based type
  • Kerning and tracking characters
  • Creating text on a path
  • Drawing and customizing shapes
  • Creating depth, contour, and texture with layer effects
  • Liquifying an image
  • Simulating an infrared photo
  • Adjusting print position, size, and color
  • Creating the perfect JPEG image
  • Downsampling for the web
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Correcting for camera shake

In this movie, I'll show you how to use Smart Sharpen to compensate for camera shake. And then in the next movie, I'll show you an alternate technique that relies on the filter called emboss. Now, camera shake is what happens when you as the photographer, move the camera during a long exposure. And this image is a perfect example. It's a handheld shot captured under low light and I just had the camera set to auto. So, as a result the ISO's cranked up to 12,800, which means we have an extremely noisy image.

And the shutter was open for a quarter second. Which is more than enough time to capture some motion in the shot. But I like this image so much. The colors look great. The model looks awesome. But I wanted to do my best to bring out the detail. So, the first step is to double click on the background here inside the Layers panel. And I'll go ahead and call this new layer, colleen. And then I'll right click inside the image with the rectangular Marquee tool and choose Convert to Smart Object. Then I'll go up to the Filter menu and I'll choose Sharpen and I'll choose Smart Sharpen.

But I do want to know that there's this other command called Shake Reduction. And it's a very advanced filter, which is why we'll be talking about it in a future course. But for now, go ahead and choose Smart Sharpen. And I'm going to increase the size of my dialogue box once again. And I'll go ahead and scroll the image down and zoom in on it here, inside the dialogue box. Now, the last settings we applied were an amount of 500%, a radius of 3 pixels. A reduced noise value of zero. And remove was set to lens blur.

And you can see those are not the right settings for this particular image because this really brings out all the bad stuff that the image has to offer. When you run into a situation like this, where you suspect that there's some camera shake because it's not easy to tell just by looking at the image. But given that the shutter speed is a quarter second, it's very likely. In such a case, go ahead and switch Remove from Lens Blur to Motion Blur. And we'll end up with this effect here. The next step is to try to figure out the direction of the camera shake, which is pretty impossible to do, just by fooling around.

You could try different setting. For example, I could go ahead and click inside this little angle widget to change the angle to negative 40 degrees in my case. Which if nothing else, is diagonal. And we end up with this effect or I could decide maybe it's straight up and down. So, I'll change the angle value of 90 degrees. Or you can try to think about what kind of camera shake is most likely. For my case I was just trying to stay as still as possible while capturing this image. So, the likelihood because I wasn't straining to look upward, which is where you run into 90 degree shakes.

Most likely, it's just a simple back and forth shake, which is going to be 0 degrees. And that ends up producing probably the best looking result as well. Now, notice I've got the amount value cranked up to 500%. I'm going to leave it there and now I'm going to experiment with a radius value, which is analogous to the amount of shake that's going on. 3 pixels is a good place to start but you might want to go ahead click inside the value and then press Shift+up arrow in order to raise that value in whole pixel increments.

And as you do, you'll probably see the noise move back and forth. And what's becoming evident as I raise the radius value, is that the noise is getting worse and worse. And so obviously, you just want to make the image look as good as it can, which is why I ultimately restored a value of three pixels. And then finally because there's so much noise in this image, I'm going to crank the reduced noise value all the way up to its maximum at 100%. And if you click and hold inside the image to see the Before view and then release to see the After view, you'll note that we're not really getting a sharpening effect.

We're just compensating for the motion blur and that's all. Which is an important step in the process, so go ahead and click OK in order to apply the filter. That's probably going to take a few moments to apply. Once it's done, you want to double-click on the Slider icon there in order to bring up the Blending Options dialog box. And as usual, you want to change the mode from Normal to Luminosity and then click OK. Alright. Now, to apply some actual sharpness by pressing Ctrl+F or Cmd+F on the Mac to bring back the Smart Sharp and dialogue box.

And, I'll go ahead and scroll the image, zoom on in once again. We don't need another helping of Motion Blur. You might want to try Lens Blur at this point and see what you get. But Lens Blur is a little too accurate and ends up bringing out these lumps of noise. So, I'm going to change Remove to Gaussian Blur, which is a lot more forgiving. It ends up creating this kind of sculptural effect in Colleen's face and that's because the Reduce Noise value's still cranked up. Go ahead and take it down to 0% this time around and you also want to reduce the Amount value.

I'm going to take it down to 300%, which is still bringing out a lot of noise and some pixel patterns as well. But those are going to fade away in the printing process because this image contains a lot of pixels. So, I'll go ahead and click OK to apply the filter. And of course, as always, you want to double-click on that Slider icon. It's a little painful because it takes a while for the blending options dialogue box to appear on screen, but once it does go ahead and change the mode from normal to luminosity and click OK.

And now let's go ahead and zoom in here to 100%. Just so that we can accurately see the pixels in the image. And now I'll turn off the bottom application of Smart Sharpen just so that you can see the contribution made by setting Remove to Motion Blur. So, notice we've got a lot more noise and more movement in this shot without that bottom filter. To bring it back I'll just go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, or Cmd+Z on the Mac. And just to get a sense for the overall effect, I'll turn off the eye in front of smart filters here.

And that will reveal the original unsharpened version of the image compared with if I press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac, the final sharpening effect. Now, you may look at this and say that's a pretty weird sharpening effect, which is why you really want to gauge it zoomed out. So, I'm going to press Ctrl minus a couple of times in order to zoom out to the 50% view. Which is going to give us a better indication of how this image will print. And I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac once again in order to reveal the original unsharpened version of the image.

And then I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on a Mac to display the sharpened version. And that's how you use Smart Sharpen to compensate for camera shake here inside Photoshop.

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Q: This course was updated on 09/18/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. The updates are concentrated in "The Content-Aware Collection" and "Creating and Formatting Text" chapters, but there are new movies sprinkled throughout the course as well.
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