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Making a non-edge mask


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Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images

with Deke McClelland

Video: Making a non-edge mask

In this exercise I am going to show you how to make a non-edge mask that allows us to smooth away the noise inside the image and the other non-edges inside the image while leaving the edges more of less intact so that the Sharpen filter can operate upon them. Now I am working on a catch-up document and I am calling edge mask.PSD, if you are just joining me, you can open it inside the 04_Support_Stuff folder. Notice that it includes a Smart Object along with the Smart Sharpen Smart Filter that's mitigated by this Filter Mask right there.
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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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Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images
10h 33m Intermediate Feb 15, 2008

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Real focus happens inside the camera's lens element. The sharpening features in Photoshop CS3 exaggerate the contrast along edges in a photograph to transform a well-focused image into an outstanding image. In Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images, Deke McClelland teaches a host of sharpening and noise reduction techniques, including using filters such as Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, High Pass, and Reduce Noise. The training teaches the essentials of sharpening, including what it does, why it's important, and how the filters function. Plus, the training covers Deke's recommended best practices, including the four distinct varieties of sharpening, which can be used independently or in combination with each other. Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images is about how to transform images from looking good to looking their absolute best. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the effects of sharpening
  • In-depth examinations of Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass
  • Smoothing an image with the Surface Blur, Despeckle, and Reduce Noise features
  • Working with smart objects and smart filters
  • Creating edge masks and non-edge masks
  • Sharpening for digital-image capture using Camera Raw
  • Gauging and exploiting luminance frequency
  • Exploring creative applications of sharpening
  • Sharpening a multilayer composition
  • Sharpening eyes, hair, and out-of-focus backgrounds
  • Reducing noise in a high-frequency image
  • Determining ideal settings for commercial and inkjet output
  • Sharpening very large-format images
  • Sharpening an image for the web or screen output
Subjects:
Photography Sharpening
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Making a non-edge mask

In this exercise I am going to show you how to make a non-edge mask that allows us to smooth away the noise inside the image and the other non-edges inside the image while leaving the edges more of less intact so that the Sharpen filter can operate upon them. Now I am working on a catch-up document and I am calling edge mask.PSD, if you are just joining me, you can open it inside the 04_Support_Stuff folder. Notice that it includes a Smart Object along with the Smart Sharpen Smart Filter that's mitigated by this Filter Mask right there.

A non-edge mask is in many ways the opposite of an edge mask. It allows us to select the non-edges inside the image. As you may recall, Smart Filters, a group of Smart Filters can only be modified by a single layer mask. So we can't actually add the Reduce Noise filter to the same Smart Object here and apply a different Mask to it. Instead what we have to do is, we have to create a nested Smart Object, the way we did for the buffalo image. So I am going to double-click on the model thumbnail right here in order to open her up as a standard static image.

Notice that it says Background layer right there. We are then going to turn around to convert this into a Smart Object. So we have a nested Smart Object to work with. To this end I will go ahead and bring up the Layers palette menu and I will choose Convert to Smart Object and I will go ahead and call this one Noise or something along those lines. Now I am going to approach this Smart Filter differently and its mask as well, before we assign the Smart Filter. Lets go ahead and load the red channel as a selection outline. So I am going to the Channels palette and I am going to Ctrl-click or Command-click on the Mac on the red channel right there, on the red channel thumbnail, in order to load it up as a selection outline.

Now I am going to return to the Layers palette and I am going to go up to the Filter menu, choose the Noise command, and I am going to choose this guy right here, Reduce Noise, and I am going to apply the same settings I applied to this image several exercises ago now, which are these settings right here: Strength of 8, Preserve Details set to 20%, Reduce Color Noise 45%, Sharpen Details 0%. And if you want to see how that effects that area of noise in her neck you can go ahead and drag down to that location. You will see that it smoothes it out very nicely and it does this by the way without ruining the detail inside the image, just ruins it over a little bit but not too much.

So I will go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification and notice what happens, Photoshop goes ahead and assigns the Smart Filter and applies the selection outline as the filter mask in one operation and there it is right there. So that's kind of handy I think. Now lets go about modifying that mask and we are going to click on the mask in order select it and I am actually going to Alt-click or Option-click on the mask so we can view the mask by itself. Step number one is still that same step we applied with the edge mask. You want to go up to the Filter menu, choose the Noise command and then choose Median. I will say that some folks use Gaussian Blur at this state instead of Median but I find Median to be the better filter for smoothing over digital noise.

So I am going to go ahead and choose the Median command and I am going to apply that same Radius value that I applied in the previous exercise, which is 10 pixels and then I am going to click OK. The second step is exactly the same as well. You go up to the Filter menu, you choose Stylize, and you choose Find Edges, which gives you those black edges against a white background. Now we want to select the non-edges inside the image and protect the edges. So we are not going to invert the mask this time around, we are going to leave it Not Inverted, but I am going to go ahead and increase the levels so that we have more contrast going on here.

I am going to go ahead and zoom in on her face a little bit so that we can see her neck as well and I am going to press Ctrl+L or Command+L on the Mac and I am going to drag this black triangle over to the right until it hits the beginning of the slope. Notice our Histogram is kind of the opposite of what we were seeing before, which figures because we didn't invert. So if we had inverted the image, this histogram would be flipped over to the left side of the dialog box. I am going to go ahead and move that black slider triangle over to the value of 210 there so that its hitting the beginning of the slope, but now that leaves sort of this topographical map effects behind on her cheeks and so on.

I am going to get rid of that topography by moving the white slider triangle over to the left, just a 10 luminance level, so that we get a value of 245 in the right hand position here and then I am going to click OK to accept that modification. Finally, notice we are not protecting much inside this image at this point and the reason that we are not protecting much is because as I was saying Reduce Noise function is a more subtle command than Smart Sharpen, so we don't need to protect that much information inside the file, just the most obvious edges.

But I do want to avoid having this sort of scalloped relief sort of effect going on here. So I am going to blur this mask. Actually let me zoom in to 50% so we can view this mask accurately. I am going to go to the Filter menu and I will choose Blur and Gaussian Blur, and I am going to go ahead and match the Median value this time, so I will enter a Radius value of 10 pixels and I will click OK in order to accept that modification and now lets see what we have done here. I will Alt-click or Option-click on that Filter Mask in order to check out the full-colored version of the image.

Lets go ahead and zoom in on her eyes so that we can see them very closely here. So if I was to turn off the Mask, which I will do by Shift-clicking on it. So Shift-clicking on a filter mask turns it off, puts a big X to it as you can see there. So this is the smooth version of the eye and then I will Shift-click again to reveal the protected version of the eye. So it's not that much difference. In fact, you would have to have a very keen eye indeed in order to see that difference, but while you can't see it very much, Photoshop can and it is going to make it difference in terms of the sharpening operation.

Alright. So that's the non-edge mask and we have used non-edge mask to mitigate to a slight extent the Reduce Noise filter. We are now done working with the nested Smart Object. I am going to go up to the File menu and choose the Close command. Photoshop is going to ask me if I want to save my changes. Yes, I do, that will save my changes into the larger composition, which is that edge mask.PSD composition as you may recall, and here it is, edge mask.PSD. We can see the original model Smart Object with the Smart Sharpen, Smart Filter applied as mitigated by the edge mask of course.

Lets go ahead and move up from her bodice there so that we can check out her face and her neck and if I were to zoom in you can see that we're not bringing out much in the way of noise in the neck still. In fact we have defeated a lot of that noise using the Reduce Noise Filter. So this is a perfect sharpening of this image. It does take a little bit of extra time, but it's going to deliver some amazing results. So if you have noisy but beautiful image like this one here and you want to treat it with tender loving care, remember that you will sharpen with an edge mask and smooth with a non-edge mask and you will create a smooth effect inside of a nested Smart Object and the sharpen effect inside the consuming Smart Object.

Then go ahead and save this image out as a layered PSD file and you are good to go. In the next chapter, in Chapter 5 we are going to take a look at sharpening for the source and we are going to focus much of our attention on Camera RAW.

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