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Flatten, Save As, Resample, and Sharpen

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Video: Flatten, Save As, Resample, and Sharpen

Now that we have assembled our absolutely, perfectly sharpened use neutral composition, we are now going to prepare it for output and I have gone ahead and saved my modifications. I urged you to save your modifications as well because we are about to flatten the image and downsample it and all that jazz, but first go ahead and save your composition. I have saved mine as Destination unknown.PSD inside the 08_for_output folder and of course the destination is unknown at this stage and again that is the whole point of creating a use neutral composition.

Flatten, Save As, Resample, and Sharpen

Now that we have assembled our absolutely, perfectly sharpened use neutral composition, we are now going to prepare it for output and I have gone ahead and saved my modifications. I urged you to save your modifications as well because we are about to flatten the image and downsample it and all that jazz, but first go ahead and save your composition. I have saved mine as Destination unknown.PSD inside the 08_for_output folder and of course the destination is unknown at this stage and again that is the whole point of creating a use neutral composition.

Now the fun begins. Let us go up to the Layer menu and choose the Flatten Image command. After you get done saving your changes, choose Flatten Image and that gets rid of all of the layers and the nested Smart Objects and so on. You might want to check that you do not have any output channels or any paths inside of your image. Then go and choose Save As, and the reason I do this first before I resample the image, is just to protect the original. So I do not end up accidentally saving over it. As long as I am thinking about how I need to save it, I ought to save it.

So you choose Save As, not Save of course, and then we will go ahead and call this image Downsample Face and I will make sure that the format is set to Photoshop PSD, so we are saving a native PSD version of the image. Then I click on the Save button in order to save it out. Now we need to downsample the image to the desired print size. I am going to go up to the Image menu, choose the Image Size command and where this image is concerned, I want to leave it at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch but I am going to go ahead and reduce the size of this image to 7.5 inches wide.

So it is going to measure 7.5 inches wide by 5 inches tall. I am downsampling of course. I can see that the first value is smaller than the second value. So that is good. And then I will click OK, in order to accept that modification. Now she is ready for sharpening. Now I want to go ahead and prepare this image both for commercial reproduction and for inkjet printing. So I am going to go over to the Layers palette. I am going to click on the palette menu icon and I am going to choose Convert to Smart Object in order to make it a Smart Object. And let us just go ahead and name this Facebook or whatever.

And Now I am going to go on to the Filter menu. I am going to choose the Other command and I am going to choose High Pass. And by Now it should be pretty familiar what we are going to do, especially since we are sticking with the same resolution. I am going to choose High Pass. I am going to set it to a radius of two pixels. I am going to click OK. So even though this is a low frequency versus a high frequency image, I am still sticking with my exact same values. This is going to be an image that I see close up. So the values are accurate. I do not need a filter mask. So let's go ahead and throw it away. Drag it down to the trash can icon because we want to sharpen all of the image uniformly for output.

I will double-click on the blending icon right there and I will change the mode to Linear Light or I am going to change the Opacity value to 40% and I am going to click OK, and that would be our commercial reproduction version of the image. Now to prepare if for inkjet, I will go ahead and turn off High Pass. I will leave the Smart Filters intact of course. I will go up to the Filter menu. I will choose the Sharpen command and then Smart Sharpen. These are the desired settings: an Amount value of 100%, a radius of 3 pixels, Remove set to Lens Blur, More accurate turned off.

Then I click OK in order to accept that modification. And of course, one last change; I will double click on the blending icon to bring up the Blending Options dialog box, change Mode to Luminosity, leave the Opacity set to a 100%, click OK. We are now done. This specific version of the image is ready for inkjet reproduction. Now it looks very tactile at this point, it looks way, way too sharp, that's it. It looks crunchy, whatever adjective you want to use.

They all mean the same thing. It looks bad. But the fact is this is going to print very, very nicely. It is going to result in some very compelling output. And to just preview that for you, obviously the first thing I would do before I start flattening the image and down ampling it and just to see what it is going to look like on screen, I would go up to the File menu and I would choose the Save command in order to update that image sets called Downsample Face.PSD that is available for you now inside the 084 output folder. Then just to preview what is going on, I go up to the Layer menu, I choose the Flatten Image command, that is going to nail down those sharpening settings.

Then, I am going to go to the Image menu, I am going to choose Image Size. I will make sure that Resample Image and Constrain Proportions, both of those check boxes are turned on. We do not care about Scale Styles. And I would change the Resolution value to a 117 pixels per inch because that is my imagined monitor resolution. And then I will click OK, in order to accept that modification. Look how great she looks! She looks awesome. So this just goes to show you how something that looks very, very crunchy on screen can look totally great for output.

In the next exercise, we are going to soft proof the contributions made by each phase of the sharpening process. Stay tuned.

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Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images

115 video lessons · 16997 viewers

Deke McClelland
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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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