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Further refinements with the Graduated filter

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Video: Further refinements with the Graduated filter

In the previous movie, I introduced you to the idea of how we

Further refinements with the Graduated filter

In the previous movie, I introduced you to the idea of how we can work with the graduated filter, in an order to adjust the details. Or the sharpness or the color in a larger area of a photograph. And here we, you can see we made an adjustment in the top portion of the image. In order to finish this project off, I want to apply a second adjustment, a second graduated filter adjustment on the lower region or the lower half of the photograph. To do that, simply click on the New button. That will deactivate your first adjustment and give you the ability to create another.

Next, let's go down here to Sharpness, and this time let's click on the Minus icon. That will zero everything out. And gives us a little bit of a softening effect. Then I want to reduce the noise there as well and change the color temperature. Rather than warm, I want the swimming pool to be nice and blue and cool. So we'll drag the temperature slider there to the left. I also want to decrease the contrast a little bit, and I'm doing all of these things just to create an interesting visual look, to focus in on those details.

You know, sometimes you can sharpen an image by increasing sharpness. Other times you can actually remove sharpness and add blur to other areas, like we're doing here with a negative amount. And that can, in turn, make the other parts of the photograph feel or look sharper. Alright. Well, we need to apply this adjustment, so let's click and drag up. And we're clicking and dragging from the lower area of the image up to the top. If we want to change the distance of that transition area, we can click on one of the circles and make that a little bit closer.

We can also rotate these. And we want to have a little bit of overlap, so it's, looks nice and natural. And I think that's kind of good right there. Or we'll have to see, I should say. We'll turn off the Overlay so we can see it without all those distracting graphics. Then, let's click on the preview checkbox and we can see here is our before and then here's the after. Now as we've seen before with other examples like this, when we're making adjustments we're using sliders in this group here, we really need to zoom in to make sure those amounts are okay.

Because we can't tell at all what this is doing at this zoomed out rate. So let's zoom in to 100%. Another way that we can do that is to click on this pull down menu and to change our zoom view to 100%. Simply by selecting that option. Then, once we've gotten up close, press the Spacebar key, and click and pan around. Let's focus on the top portion of the image. And let's do so by clicking on our Preview checkbox. Here's before, and then now here's after. I like how it's brighter. I like the warm color and even the sharpness and the detail that we have.

So I think our sharpness amount in this area is looking good. If we wanted to change it, what we would need to do is to reactivate the controls. We would click into them here. Then view that area, and then change the amount of sharpness. Notice how this is now incredibly blurry. As we bring it up, we can make it sharper in this way. Now, if we want to work on the lower area, again we have to target, or work on this adjustment here. Notice how we can activate these two different adjustments separately.

We just click on one of the icons to activate them. In this area, what we want to do is, again, experiment with sharpness. We can remove the sharpness all together, have a really soft look, or we can sharpen this if we want to. In my opinion, what I want to do is just make that a little bit more subtle. So here I'm just dropping my sharpness down, reducing some of the noise that we have in that portion of the photograph and then we'll look at that before and after. You know, when we make adjustments like what we've made here we're really just making subjective adjustments.

We're looking at how we can improve this based on our eye and our vision for a photograph. Let's zoom out now that we've seen those details and made those subjective decisions about the intensity of the sharpness or noise reduction. What I always like to do is to zoom out, and not that far, let me zoom back in a little bit. And then to turn off the overlay and before I finish, to do one final preview before and after, so let's do that here. There it is, our before and then our after view, at which shows us how we can use the graduated filter in order to modify a larger area of our photograph.

Now we can use that tool to make linear adjustments across those areas.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Raw sharpening in Lightroom or Camera Raw?
      3m 56s
    3. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 44m 15s
    1. Lighroom sharpening workflow first steps
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding how the Lightroom Detail controls work
      5m 36s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      5m 47s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      9m 13s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      7m 12s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 49s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      7m 3s
  3. 53m 3s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      10m 19s
    2. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      4m 15s
    3. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      7m 36s
    4. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      6m 44s
    5. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      6m 50s
    6. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      7m 35s
    7. Creating custom presets
      6m 2s
    8. Sharing and installing presets
      3m 42s
  4. 40m 40s
    1. Camera Raw sharpening workflow: First steps
      3m 28s
    2. Understanding how the Camera Raw Detail controls work
      5m 46s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      4m 40s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      7m 28s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      6m 6s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 48s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      9m 24s
  5. 53m 40s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 16s
    2. Working with the Auto Mask option in the Adjustment Brush
      5m 6s
    3. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      8m 30s
    4. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      5m 45s
    5. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      5m 15s
    6. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      7m 4s
    7. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      4m 34s
    8. Further refinements with the Graduated filter
      4m 30s
    9. Creating custom presets
      5m 40s
  6. 49m 5s
    1. Resizing before you sharpen
      4m 37s
    2. Using Unsharp Mask
      8m 21s
    3. Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    4. Demonstrating how Smart Sharpen works
      4m 23s
    5. Fine-tuning Smart Sharpen with advanced controls
      5m 39s
    6. Applying blending modes to avoid color problems
      5m 9s
    7. Putting it all together: Workflow part one
      5m 57s
    8. Putting it all together: Workflow part two
      6m 42s
    9. A conversation about sharpening controls
      2m 12s
  7. 49m 34s
    1. Applying Camera Raw sharpening as a filter
      4m 41s
    2. Using smart filtering for increased flexibility
      5m 50s
    3. Smart filtering and masking
      4m 54s
    4. Selective sharpening with a hand-painted mask
      6m 0s
    5. Selective sharpening: Advanced shortcut tips
      6m 31s
    6. Using Quick Select and masking to sharpen selectively
      8m 20s
    7. How to sharpen a layered document
      3m 41s
    8. Fixing a blurry photograph with Shake Reduction
      4m 40s
    9. Shake Reduction: Advanced controls
      4m 57s
  8. 32m 47s
    1. High-pass sharpening essentials
      5m 55s
    2. Smart filter high-pass sharpening
      4m 2s
    3. Smart filter high-pass sharpening continued
      5m 50s
    4. Edge sharpening: Building an alpha channel
      4m 52s
    5. Edge sharpening: Creating the mask
      5m 3s
    6. Using Smart Sharpen in an unlikely way for midtone contrast
      7m 5s
  9. 10m 59s
    1. Recording a sharpening action
      6m 11s
    2. Playing the action for a single file
      2m 18s
    3. Batch sharpening multiple files
      2m 30s
  10. 28m 48s
    1. Sharpening and saving from Camera Raw
      6m 51s
    2. Sharpening and exporting from Camera Raw
      3m 44s
    3. Output sharpening from Lightroom
      5m 26s
    4. Final output sharpening from Photoshop for print
      7m 17s
    5. Photoshop sharpening for web, mobile, and displays
      5m 30s
  11. 31s
    1. Next steps
      31s

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