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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 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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