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Since the beginning of the photographic art form, photographers have been searching for clearer and sharper images. Now, you don't have to settle for what was captured in camera; you can perfect your photos in post-production. In this course, Chris Orwig tackles sharpening in three programs: Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Photoshop. They all have their strengths, so he shows you how to get the best results from specific sharpening challenges with each one. Chris shows you how to reduce noise and sharpen with sliders and make selective adjustments to certain areas of raw images. In Photoshop, he uses powerful filters like Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen to sharpen larger areas of pictures, and masking to paint in sharpening. Last, he shares two advanced techniques, one using high pass sharpening and another that limits sharpening to the edges of your images.
In the next few movies, we will focus in on a filter which will help us to fix blurry photographs. Have you ever had a situation like this, where you have a photograph that you're really excited about and you like the composition and the look and feel and you open it up in Photoshop, and then you double-click the zoom tool to zoom in, and you discover the truth. The photograph is soft and blurry, because you were using too slow of shutter speed or maybe you weren't holding your camera steady. Well, what do you do in situations like this apart from deleting and throwing away the photograph? What you can do is reach for this filter which I mentioned, and it's called the Shake Reduction Filter.
Now this filter is a unique and a bit of an advanced tool. Because of that, before we run the filter, what I want to do is show you a slide which has a screen grab and some descriptions about what we'll see here and some our our controls. So let me open up that slide so that we can start to talk about how we can work with this tool to improve our photographs. All right, well for starters you'll see that the dialog for the Shake Reduction Filter appears to be pretty similar to some of our other dialog. We have tools on the left, image in the middle, controls on the right.
Well, while this particular dialog looks kind of normal. Don't be deceived there's some magic happening here. What happens is when you open up your image, Photoshop will determine or decide an area it wants to analyze. In this case it analyzed the middle of the frame. This is called a Blur Estimation Region. If you open up the advance tab over here you can see those regions. You can have multiple regions. And what it's doing, it's analyzing the blur or the movement and then it's seeking to apply a correction.
Next, we can customize the correction by applying some different controls here. We can turn on what's called Artifact Suppression. That will make sure it's reducing noise. There are two different types of noise that we can reduce. Either high frequency noise, that's the little teeny noise or the bigger noise, the larger issues that we have whenever we're sharpening a photograph. So it gives us some controls to finesse or fine tune the adjustment. Next, as I mentioned too, we can have multiple estimation regions. We can create new ones by clicking on one of these tools, here or up here.
All right, well now that we've seen the dialogue, at least gotten a little bit familiar with the overall layout and some of the controls, let's dive in. To do that I'm going to go ahead and navigate back to the other photograph and with this image, let's begin by copying the background layer. Press Cmd j on a Mac, Ctrl j on Windows and let's name this one sharpen. Next, we'll navigate to our filter pull down menu, yeah, first I'm going to press F to go to full screen mode, I always like to work in that mode. All right, well here we'll go to our filter pull down menu, we'll choose Sharpen and then right up at the top we have Shake Reduction.
Again that's Filter, Sharpen and then Shake Reduction. When we select that option, it will launch our image inside of the dialog which we've already seen. We want to open up this little advanced area, because that will show us that Blur Estimation Region. There it is right in the middle of the image. We can turn this on and off to view the results either by clicking in the center of that circle there, see how I can turn that on and off? Or by clicking on the checkbox over here. You can also move this around by simply clicking and dragging to re-position it, or you can re-size it by clicking and dragging over any of these anchor points that we see.
Every time we do that, notice how Photoshop has to work. It has to think and analyze, and then render and give us a preview. Sometimes you have to have some patience with this filter because it's doing a lot in the background. All right, well one of the things that we want to do is we want to look at how we can apply this filter and also get a bit more advanced with the controls. You know, some images will benefit from the default settings. Here, let's double-click the zoom tool to zoom into this area for example.
Well, here we can see how this appears. We can look at our preview by clicking on that preview checkbox. Here's the original image. It's soft, a bit blurry. Click again. Now, here's the after. This is looking a lot better. Yet, in other situations, what we may want to do is rather than just the default settings, we may want to experiment with how we can use some of these various controls and get a little bit more advanced. So let's go ahead and leave this file open, and let's dig into a few more advanced topics in Shake Reduction and let's do that in the next movie.
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