Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos
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Looking at sharpening


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Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes

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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.
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  1. 7m 53s
    1. Welcome
      2m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
    3. What you need to know about Adobe Camera Raw
      4m 42s
  2. 9m 30s
    1. Reinventing the Crop tool
      5m 44s
    2. Using the new Crop tool the old way
      3m 46s
  3. 6m 4s
    1. Then versus now: Understanding how the Auto button works
      2m 55s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Auto
      3m 9s
  4. 6m 37s
    1. Using Curves
      3m 31s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Curves
      3m 6s
  5. 14m 57s
    1. Looking at sharpening
      2m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Sharpen
      4m 41s
    3. Understanding the role of Smart Objects in a sharpening workflow
      2m 20s
    4. Applying brush-based selective sharpening
      5m 50s
  6. 9m 6s
    1. Understanding the challenges of building blur
      2m 54s
    2. Using Iris Blur to create shallow depth of field
      6m 12s
  7. 8m 20s
    1. The evolving Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      6m 24s
    2. Understanding the role of the graphics tablet
      1m 56s
  8. 12m 33s
    1. Understanding and using Content-Aware Fill
      3m 16s
    2. What to do when Content-Aware Fill doesn't work
      2m 38s
    3. Beyond fill: Content-Aware Patch
      1m 16s
    4. Content-Aware Scale: The feature nobody knows about
      3m 30s
    5. Content-Aware Move: Recomposing photos
      1m 53s
  9. 3m 17s
    1. Exploring what Liquify is really used for
      3m 17s
  10. 12m 1s
    1. Correcting automatically based on lens profiles
      4m 2s
    2. Getting the most out of Adaptive Wide Angle
      4m 47s
    3. Exploring lens distortion and video
      3m 12s
  11. 7m 22s
    1. Using presets new and old
      47s
    2. Surprising yourself with the Color Look Up Adjustment layer
      2m 15s
    3. Using gradient map presets for black-and-white conversions
      2m 31s
    4. Imagining a connected Photoshop
      1m 49s
  12. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos
1h 37m Intermediate Sep 05, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Reinventing the Crop tool
  • Rediscovering the Auto button
  • Getting the most out of curves
  • Understanding Smart Sharpen
  • Building blur and softness
  • Working with a graphics tablet
  • Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
  • Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
  • Using presets
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Bryan O'Neil Hughes

Looking at sharpening

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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