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In this course, Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes takes you on an insider's tour of the key photo-enhancement features in Adobe Photoshop CS6, providing details on how they work, background into their evolution, and insights into how to use them more effectively.
The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.
The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.
Sharpening is one of the most important components of any workflow, taking a focused image and bring further attention to the area that you focused on with a little bit of sharpening is really important. Unfortunately, it's probably the most abused part of the workflow as well. It's extremely common for people to over sharpen their image and in doing this you get a lot of artifacts and a lot of things that distract from the image itself. So I want to caution you with a few things not to do. One, it's not a good idea to sharpen in camera.
If you're sharpening at capture, not only do you not have the ability to preview your image very closely, like you would on your computer, but you're not going to have the control later. The sharpening will be baked into your file and you won't be able to undo it in software, so I really counsel you not to sharpen there. If you want do a little bit of global sharpening in Camera RAW, that makes sense. You can do a little bit of sharpening and apply it to all of your images and that's a great place to do it. In fact, when we came up with that sharpening routine there, we understood that a lot of people tend to over sharpen, they tend to take things too far and they might start off just sharpening a little bit, but as time goes by, certain portfolios eventually becomes just really crunchy sharpened images.
So in Camera RAW it's hard to overuse it, but I still counsel you not to aggressively sharpen there. The most control in Sharpening comes in Photoshop. You can sharpen globally with a lot of precision, and you can sharpen selectively as well, but again, less is more, people really tend to over sharpen and you really need to be mindful of the fact that your images are going to different places. You're seeing them on a backlit screen at 100%, you should always view your images at 100% when you're sharpening, but they might be going to the Web, they might be going to a book or they might be enlarged to full-size or even enlarger than their original size and what you do with sharpening is going to carry over into each of those places.
So using less sharpening and understanding what it does where, is very important. In the next video we'll take a look at how to sharpen best in Photoshop.
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