Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Nik Sharpener Pro

From: Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2

Video: Nik Sharpener Pro

>> Male Speaker: In the sharpening folder, I've created a link to Nik Multimedia. And Nik Multimedia created a handful of really cool plug-ins. And one of them is Nik Sharpener Pro 20. 20 has some great upgrades to it. Let's take a look at how it works. You won't be able to do this in Photoshop unless you have this plug-in. I want to showcase it in case you feel it might be a good resource for you, because I imagine it will be for some folks out there. I'll go to File > Automate.

Nik Sharpener Pro

>> Male Speaker: In the sharpening folder, I've created a link to Nik Multimedia. And Nik Multimedia created a handful of really cool plug-ins. And one of them is Nik Sharpener Pro 20. 20 has some great upgrades to it. Let's take a look at how it works. You won't be able to do this in Photoshop unless you have this plug-in. I want to showcase it in case you feel it might be a good resource for you, because I imagine it will be for some folks out there. I'll go to File > Automate.

And when you install it, it's automatically included in this list, and I'll choose Nik Sharpener Pro. There are a number of different ways to choose the type of sharpening that you would like to use. If you are going to go to ink jet, some kind of output device, it's a good idea to select the brand if your brand is in there. And basically how this works is the sharpening is optimized for the resolution that these printers print at by default. So we'll go ahead and click Epson because that's the printer that I tend to use.

And from the top down we have Basic, Image Width, in this case it's telling me the dimensions. It's a small image. It's been sized down. Viewing Distance, Auto, it's configured based on twice the width of the image. The type of paper that I'll be using and I'm going to be using matte paper. I really love matte paper. And Printer Resolution is going to be that 1440. Actually though, sometimes on the matte paper I actually take it down a little bit less than that. So I'll lower it. Once I've done that, I'm going to click on the Advanced tab.

And here are some unique things that I can do. I can sample colors. In this case I'm going to sample the skin and say I don't want any sharpening in tones that are similar to that tone. I will then sample the eye color and I do want sharpening there. 100 percent is going to be pretty intense for an image this small. For a high-resolution file, you would be able to get away with 100 percent. I don't know if you remember the previous version of Nik, but there were three settings. And those setting are equivalent to 60, 100, and 125 in the new version.

And they were named after people; it was Anna, John, and Zap. So now it's just percentages. If you do want to kind of go back to that old-school way of thinking, you can Option+click or Alt+click and drag these sliders and then go to one of those settings for everything. I don't want to do that so I want to go ahead and say I want it at 60 percent there. On the blue hood, take about 50, 60 percent of sharpening. The background colors, the green, no sharpening on that. And you know this cheek has a little bit more red in it so I'll sample that, no sharpening there as well.

Let's click OK. Once we've done that we have the ability to modify this mask which I'm not going to do because I know about how masking works. So I'll just go ahead and click Apply. Once it applies the sharpening, I'll minimize this temporarily. I then can invert my mask, Command+I, and it's now at white, and it's revealing the sharpening. And if you take a close look, what you'll notice is that it sharpened the eyes, it sharpened the hood, it hasn't sharpened the background, and it hasn't sharpened the skin.

Now it takes a little bit of work to get these settings actually dialed in, but it is a really unique way to approach sharpening and to mask out specific colors. Let's take a closer look at how this works before we wrap this up. Go back to Epson, open up the dialog window Advanced. I want to select the skin, pull it out. A couple different areas of the skin because there are different tones there. I want the hood to be at 60, nothing on the background, nothing on that color either.

And it's not just that color, it's colors that are similar to that in that color range. If you go up to the Eye icon, there are a couple of different view modes. The most effective view mode is this one down here. What that does is it gives you this red rubylith overlay and shows you what part of the image will actually be sharpened. And you can dynamically change that. Notice that that looks a little, whoa, that looks a little scary actually. That is the skin tone, and I am saying don't sharpen those areas.

I can also bring in more sharpening-specific areas and get live previews with clicks. So now I am able to say, yeah, sharpen those eyes and the blue part of the hood. You know what? Make sure my background is gone, click OK. And Apply, invert the mask, and we'll click before and after. And what was sharpened was only what was created in that mask, a dynamic preview of what is actually being sharpened, which I can come into Photoshop and then modify even further, lowering Opacity or masking off specific areas.

Now if that isn't cool, I don't know what is. So, pretty neat and effective plug-in. and the guys at Nik, one of their core statements is "make it easy." And they do help make sharpening easy. I've had wonderful results with this plug-in. I've also had phenomenal results with Smart Sharpen. So you don't have to have this, although I wanted to point it out so you know that it's out there. This now officially closes our chapter on sharpening. I hope that it's been helpful, and I hope that it makes your images incredibly sharp, and I want to close our conversation about sharpening how Ansel used to talk about sharpened images.

And when some one would say Ansel your image is so sharp, he would be disappointed because it would be as if they missed the whole point. It's as if they said the image was sharp. Where I want people to say Chris, your image is haunting me; it's impacted me in a way. I just can't get rid of it. I can't shake it out of my mind, my heart, my soul. So as we sharpen, keep in mind that we want to have that technical aspect of our images there. We need images that are tack sharp.

But more important than that, we want to have an image that goes beyond sharpness to an image of impact.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2
Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2

209 video lessons · 19714 viewers

Chris Orwig

Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 32m 43s
    1. Welcome
    2. Opening words
      1m 56s
    3. General tips 1
      2m 5s
    4. General tips 2
      4m 47s
    5. General tips 3
      3m 6s
    6. The interface
      3m 27s
    7. Custom menus and shortcuts
      3m 3s
    8. Photoshop preferences 1
      6m 24s
    9. Photoshop preferences 2
      4m 35s
    10. Color settings
      2m 51s
  2. 24m 36s
    1. Bit depth 101
      6m 43s
    2. Intro to image size
      2m 37s
    3. Image size 1 - resize
      6m 10s
    4. Image size 2 - crop
      5m 5s
    5. Image size 3 - scans
      4m 1s
  3. 16m 59s
    1. Intro to color management
      2m 53s
    2. Hardware considerations
      6m 19s
    3. Monitor calibration
      4m 15s
    4. Color settings
      3m 32s
  4. 48m 58s
    1. Bridge 101
      3m 26s
    2. Bridge preferences 1
      4m 2s
    3. Bridge preferences 2
      3m 41s
    4. Bridge preferences 3
      3m 53s
    5. Using the Bridge 1
      3m 12s
    6. Using the Bridge 2
      2m 30s
    7. Using the Bridge 3
      1m 52s
    8. Using the Bridge 4
      5m 35s
    9. Using the Bridge 5
      4m 6s
    10. Bridge slideshow
      5m 49s
    11. Metadata and collections
      3m 50s
    12. Metadata template
      2m 33s
    13. Batch processing with Image Processor
      4m 29s
  5. 1h 14m
    1. Creative tip: Gear
      3m 8s
    2. Camera RAW 101
      6m 8s
    3. Camera RAW preferences
      3m 21s
    4. Camera RAW workflow 1
      2m 24s
    5. Camera RAW workflow 2
      2m 21s
    6. Camera RAW workflow 3
      4m 44s
    7. Camera RAW workflow 4
      4m 43s
    8. Camera RAW workflow 5
      5m 18s
    9. Camera RAW workflow 6
      6m 31s
    10. Camera RAW workflow 7
      5m 44s
    11. RAW resizing
      2m 51s
    12. DNG overview
      5m 2s
    13. DNG conversion
      2m 55s
    14. Black and white 1
      6m 6s
    15. Black and white 2
      5m 3s
    16. Creative color 1
      3m 48s
    17. Creative color 2
      4m 38s
  6. 28m 5s
    1. Overview
      6m 56s
    2. Linking and groups
      3m 28s
    3. Alignment
      2m 1s
    4. Layer order and Clipping Masks
      5m 37s
    5. Layer style effects
      6m 22s
    6. History
      3m 41s
  7. 35m 29s
    1. Intro to masking
      4m 57s
    2. Using masking
      4m 56s
    3. Masking and color
      5m 47s
    4. Modifying color/tone
      5m 5s
    5. Quick mask and more
      6m 4s
    6. Custom borders 1
      3m 5s
    7. Custom borders 2
      5m 35s
  8. 24m 29s
    1. Creative tip: Kitchen
      2m 45s
    2. Replacing color
      2m 52s
    3. Magic Wand
      4m 21s
    4. More on color
      4m 8s
    5. Intro to paths
      3m 31s
    6. Creating and using paths
      6m 52s
  9. 11m 36s
    1. Understanding levels
      2m 51s
    2. Enhancing with levels 1
      4m 8s
    3. Enhancing with levels 2
      4m 37s
  10. 24m 34s
    1. Demystifying curves
      3m 47s
    2. Getting to know curves
      7m 40s
    3. Enhancing color and tone 1
      4m 53s
    4. Enhancing color and tone 2
      4m 57s
    5. Curves and actions
      3m 17s
  11. 23m 12s
    1. Creative tip: Dead Sea
      5m 9s
    2. Understanding blend modes
      7m 28s
    3. Using blend modes 2
      3m 33s
    4. Using blend modes 1
      3m 0s
    5. Using blend modes 3
      4m 2s
  12. 37m 32s
    1. Removing redeye
      1m 22s
    2. Fixing color with levels/curves 1
      4m 58s
    3. Fixing color with levels/curves 2
      3m 57s
    4. Color correction with a color chart
      3m 8s
    5. Skin by the numbers 1
      4m 10s
    6. Skin by the numbers 2
      3m 1s
    7. Skin by the numbers 3
      4m 20s
    8. Skin by the numbers 4
      1m 35s
    9. Advanced color correction 1
      11m 1s
  13. 30m 32s
    1. Enhancing color 1
      3m 12s
    2. Enhancing color 2
      4m 18s
    3. Enhancing color 3
      5m 12s
    4. Cross-processing with curves 1
      3m 12s
    5. Cross-processing with curves 2
      2m 35s
    6. Advanced saturation with Lab
      3m 59s
    7. Non-destructive burning/dodging 1
      2m 39s
    8. Non-destructive burning/dodging 2
      2m 20s
    9. Non-destructive burning/dodging 3
      3m 5s
  14. 10m 49s
    1. Creative tip: Disney
      2m 40s
    2. Black and white conversion 1
      3m 0s
    3. Black and white conversion 2
      5m 9s
  15. 3h 25m
    1. The art of retouching
      2m 24s
    2. Nature 1
      3m 9s
    3. Nature 2
      4m 17s
    4. Nature 3
      4m 27s
    5. Nature 4
      4m 43s
    6. Restoration 1
      2m 27s
    7. Restoration 2
      2m 59s
    8. Restoration 3
      2m 12s
    9. Restoration 4
      4m 26s
    10. Restoration 5
      4m 31s
    11. People - cleaning up
      5m 6s
    12. People - removing distractions
      3m 56s
    13. Architecture - cleaning up and coloring
      4m 14s
    14. People - skin and flyaways
      5m 5s
    15. People - reducing wrinkles 1
      3m 36s
    16. People - reducing wrinkles 2
      4m 53s
    17. People - whitening teeth 1
      5m 3s
    18. People - whitening teeth 2
      3m 31s
    19. People - enhancing eyes 1
      3m 28s
    20. People - enhancing eyes 2
      3m 2s
    21. People - enhancing eyes 3
      4m 4s
    22. People - enhancing eyes, skin and lips
      6m 46s
    23. People - working with highlights
      3m 42s
    24. People - enhancing eyes and eyelashes
      9m 36s
    25. People - working with light
      4m 7s
    26. People - enhancing eyebrows and lips
      7m 53s
    27. People - enhancing eyes, tone and color
      8m 33s
    28. Fashion retouching 1
      4m 41s
    29. Fashion retouching 2
      2m 41s
    30. Fashion retouching 3
      10m 1s
    31. People - enhancing skin 1
      9m 59s
    32. People - enhancing skin 2
      6m 19s
    33. Fashion retouching workflow 1
      8m 59s
    34. Fashion retouching workflow 2
      4m 26s
    35. Fashion retouching workflow 3
      3m 6s
    36. Fashion retouching workflow 4
      4m 9s
    37. Fashion retouching workflow 5
      3m 10s
    38. Fashion retouching workflow 6
      1m 43s
    39. Fashion retouching workflow 7
      2m 12s
    40. Fashion retouching workflow 8
      7m 11s
    41. Fashion retouching workflow 9
      4m 47s
    42. Fashion retouching workflow 10
      4m 6s
    43. Fashion retouching workflow 11
      3m 41s
    44. Retouching tips
      1m 56s
  16. 28m 54s
    1. Understanding shadow/highlights
      1m 51s
    2. Using shadow/highlights 1
      3m 8s
    3. Using shadow/highlights 2
      5m 5s
    4. Multiple exposures in the wild
      7m 26s
    5. Multiple exposures in architecture 1
      1m 22s
    6. Multiple exposures in architecture 2
      2m 56s
    7. Multiple exposures in architecture 3
      4m 10s
    8. Multiple exposures in architecture 4
      2m 56s
  17. 10m 38s
    1. Creative tip: Inspiration
      4m 54s
    2. Lens Correction filter - architecture
      4m 21s
    3. Lens Correction filter - people
      1m 23s
  18. 12m 50s
    1. Dust removal 1
      5m 11s
    2. Dust removal 2
      3m 35s
    3. Dust removal 3
      4m 4s
  19. 10m 31s
    1. Noise Reduction filter
      5m 3s
    2. Surface Blur and Noise Reduction filters
      5m 28s
  20. 12m 6s
    1. Creative tip: Creative People
      1m 22s
    2. Deconstructing the Lens Blur
      6m 46s
    3. The Lens Blur in action
      3m 58s
  21. 1h 23m
    1. Warming filter
      2m 34s
    2. Coloring with curves
      2m 10s
    3. Coloring with curves, color balance and hue/saturation
      2m 6s
    4. Edgy color and tone 1
      4m 48s
    5. Edgy color and tone 2
      6m 19s
    6. Creative toning
      5m 18s
    7. Camera RAW color creativity 1
      3m 30s
    8. Camera RAW color creativity 2
      3m 48s
    9. Deconstructing the creative process
      7m 58s
    10. Illumination 1
      1m 59s
    11. Illumination 2
      2m 5s
    12. Illumination 3
      2m 35s
    13. Illumination 4
      3m 47s
    14. Fun with Motion Blur
      2m 35s
    15. Motion Blur - spinning and zooming
      4m 38s
    16. Motion Blur and masking
      4m 44s
    17. Creative perspective 1 - Annika
      4m 59s
    18. Creative perspective 2 - Baja beach
      4m 9s
    19. Creative perspective 3 - Baja boats
      4m 41s
    20. Creative style with Nik Color Effects 1
      4m 23s
    21. Creative style with Nik Color Effects 2
      3m 57s
  22. 29m 20s
    1. Understanding Unsharp Mask
      3m 4s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      3m 56s
    3. High pass sharpening
      3m 29s
    4. New - Smart Sharpen
      4m 35s
    5. Smart Sharpen in action
      5m 35s
    6. Smart Sharpen in action 2
      2m 29s
    7. Nik Sharpener Pro
      6m 12s
  23. 15m 40s
    1. Creative tip: Reading
      3m 30s
    2. Creating a panorama 1
      2m 28s
    3. Creating a panorama 2 - Alaska
      5m 11s
    4. Creating a panorama 3 - Alaska 2
      4m 31s
  24. 28m 7s
    1. Saving Web images 1
      5m 29s
    2. Saving Web images 2
      1m 30s
    3. Creating a PDF
      3m 33s
    4. Creating a Picture Package
      1m 55s
    5. Creating a Web gallery
      2m 43s
    6. Creating promo cards 1
      4m 17s
    7. Creating promo cards 2
      7m 7s
    8. Creating promo cards 3
      1m 33s
  25. 11m 56s
    1. Photoshop tools - ordering prints
      2m 55s
    2. Printing resources
      2m 44s
    3. Printing
      6m 17s
  26. 1m 14s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 14s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.

Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.

Mark all as unwatched Cancel


You have completed Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.

Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.