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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.
Alright, I am still working inside of the Eyes and hair.jpeg file that I opened in the previous exercise and I have got ahead and converted the image to a Smart Object and I loaded the green channels, the selection outline and then I applied the High Pass filter with a Radius of 3.5 pixels and I changed the Blend Mode of Overlay, and this is effect that we achieve as a result. Now lets go ahead and convert that Filter Mask to an Edge Mask and I am going to do by Alt+Clicking or Option+Clicking on the Filter Mask like so, so that I can see the Filter Mask inside of the image window.
I am going to bring up the Actions palette. Now in the previous chapter you learned how to go ahead and record your own frequency edge mask and high frequency edge mask actions. Just in case you werent with me and this is like the very first chapter you've even looked at inside the series, I've gone ahead and saved this action set out for you, and you can load it up by going over to the Actions palette menu choosing Load Actions and then go into the 07 for_effect folder and you'll find this group of actions called Edge_masks.atn. Go ahead and click the Load button to load it on up and if you twirl open that folder, you'll see a low-frequency edge mask and high-frequency edge mask, all ready to go.
Alright, but I am going to go ahead and get rid of these guys because I already have them loaded, I don't need duplicates here inside the Actions palette. This is a low-frequency image, so click on low-frequency image edge mask and then click on the Play button in order to convert what was formally the green channel into a very nice edge mask actually that will very well for this image. Alright, then I am going to Alt+Click or Option+Click on the Filter Mask in order to switch back to the full color version of the image and I am going to zoom-in a little bit so that we can see these details a little more clearly.
Now I am not actually very happy with this sharpening effect at this point. I feel like it sharpens too little and too much. The hair detail inside of the image isn't nearly is sharp as I wanted to be. I want those highlights to really pop and I want these hairs to really stand out as well from the flesh and the eyebrow I want stand out, I want the eye to really, really pop inside the image, and I don't want this glitter coming out on her skin. We're seeing these highlights sort of pop here and that's not something that I am looking forward to.
I want the skin tones to stay the way that they are. So I am faced with proposition of increasing the intensity of the High Pass effect, but I know that's going to affect both the good details like the hair and the eyes and so on and the bad details like the glitter. I don't have a problem with glitter make-up, it's just that I don't want to over-emphasize it at this point, nor do I want to bring out the moles and sort of other surface details here, but anyway, here's what I do. Normally I would go over to the High Pass Effect, I would double-click on the Blend icon and I would change the mode from Overlay to something stronger like Linear Light and that's going to increase the intensity of the High Pass effect. Then I'd click OK, and I would notice now at this point that that does help the hair detail.
It doesn't go quite as far as I wanted to go, but its almost there. The eyes look pretty dark and good, but we are bringing out a lot of sparkles and sort of all over her flesh here and we are making her look a little bit shiny as if she is kind of perspiring or something along those lines, and then we have these kind of weird little highlights over her upper lip. She's got kind of that Richard Nixon sort of sweat going on. I don't think that's becoming on any one. It wasn't good looking on Nixon, and it doesn't look good on her. So what were going to do is we are going to add another sharpening effect using a Density Mask and I'll show you how to pull that off in the next exercise.
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