Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening
Illustration by John Hersey

Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

with Chris Orwig

Video: Output sharpening from Lightroom

In this movie, we'll talk a little bit about
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  1. 6m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
    2. Raw sharpening in Lightroom or Camera Raw?
      3m 56s
    3. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 44m 15s
    1. Lighroom sharpening workflow first steps
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding how the Lightroom Detail controls work
      5m 36s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      5m 47s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      9m 13s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      7m 12s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 49s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      7m 3s
  3. 53m 3s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      10m 19s
    2. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      4m 15s
    3. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      7m 36s
    4. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      6m 44s
    5. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      6m 50s
    6. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      7m 35s
    7. Creating custom presets
      6m 2s
    8. Sharing and installing presets
      3m 42s
  4. 40m 40s
    1. Camera Raw sharpening workflow: First steps
      3m 28s
    2. Understanding how the Camera Raw Detail controls work
      5m 46s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      4m 40s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      7m 28s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      6m 6s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 48s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      9m 24s
  5. 53m 40s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 16s
    2. Working with the Auto Mask option in the Adjustment Brush
      5m 6s
    3. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      8m 30s
    4. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      5m 45s
    5. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      5m 15s
    6. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      7m 4s
    7. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      4m 34s
    8. Further refinements with the Graduated filter
      4m 30s
    9. Creating custom presets
      5m 40s
  6. 49m 5s
    1. Resizing before you sharpen
      4m 37s
    2. Using Unsharp Mask
      8m 21s
    3. Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    4. Demonstrating how Smart Sharpen works
      4m 23s
    5. Fine-tuning Smart Sharpen with advanced controls
      5m 39s
    6. Applying blending modes to avoid color problems
      5m 9s
    7. Putting it all together: Workflow part one
      5m 57s
    8. Putting it all together: Workflow part two
      6m 42s
    9. A conversation about sharpening controls
      2m 12s
  7. 49m 34s
    1. Applying Camera Raw sharpening as a filter
      4m 41s
    2. Using smart filtering for increased flexibility
      5m 50s
    3. Smart filtering and masking
      4m 54s
    4. Selective sharpening with a hand-painted mask
      6m 0s
    5. Selective sharpening: Advanced shortcut tips
      6m 31s
    6. Using Quick Select and masking to sharpen selectively
      8m 20s
    7. How to sharpen a layered document
      3m 41s
    8. Fixing a blurry photograph with Shake Reduction
      4m 40s
    9. Shake Reduction: Advanced controls
      4m 57s
  8. 32m 47s
    1. High-pass sharpening essentials
      5m 55s
    2. Smart filter high-pass sharpening
      4m 2s
    3. Smart filter high-pass sharpening continued
      5m 50s
    4. Edge sharpening: Building an alpha channel
      4m 52s
    5. Edge sharpening: Creating the mask
      5m 3s
    6. Using Smart Sharpen in an unlikely way for midtone contrast
      7m 5s
  9. 10m 59s
    1. Recording a sharpening action
      6m 11s
    2. Playing the action for a single file
      2m 18s
    3. Batch sharpening multiple files
      2m 30s
  10. 28m 48s
    1. Sharpening and saving from Camera Raw
      6m 51s
    2. Sharpening and exporting from Camera Raw
      3m 44s
    3. Output sharpening from Lightroom
      5m 26s
    4. Final output sharpening from Photoshop for print
      7m 17s
    5. Photoshop sharpening for web, mobile, and displays
      5m 30s
  11. 31s
    1. Next steps
      31s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening
6h 9m Intermediate Feb 03, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Reducing luminance and color noise
  • Improving details in portraits and landscapes
  • Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
  • Sharpening with filters
  • Creating sharpening presets
  • Using blending modes to avoid color problems when sharpening
  • Smart filtering and masking
  • Edge sharpening
  • Batch sharpening
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Lightroom Camera Raw
Author:
Chris Orwig

Output sharpening from Lightroom

In this movie, we'll talk a little bit about the topics of workflow, and output sharpening, when using Lightroom. Lightroom is an incredibly powerful workflow application. And that's why people use it. And often, we begin our workflow here in the Develop module. And I want to focus in on how we can apply some input sharpening, and then take a look at how we can export an image from Lightroom, and add some output sharpening as well. So in the Develop module, let's open up our Detail panel.

Here we have a warning indicator telling us we may want to zoom in to 100%. Let's click on that so we can zoom in to 100% of this file. We can see its native file size. Next, we'll increase the radius, so let's crank that up and add some sharpening. going to sharpen some of those details and then add a little bit of masking into that as well. Click on the toggle switch, you can see your before and after. We're trying to make the image snap and look a bit better. We'll also reduce some of our noise. So I'm going to bring up my luminous noise reduction there, and then a touch of contrast.

When you're working with Lightroom, one of the things you may think about is, well can I change my output size or, can I change the resolution? You know, all of those things happen at the very end of the workflow in Lightroom. So, when you're working in the Detail panel, you're focusing in on the one to one native file format. It will then make any needed adjustments near the end as you'll see in just a minute. So basically go through the normal workflow that you do when you're working in the Detail panel to add some sharpening and reduce some noise.

After you've done that, you can do whatever else it is that you need to do, work in the Basic panel, or the Tone Curve panel, et cetera. Alright, well after you've completed your workflow, the next and the final step is to go to File pull down menu. Here you're going to go to Final and then choose Export. When you click on Export, it will open up the Export dialog. First we need to define where want to export our file to. We can choose a specific folder. In this case, I'll put it in the same exact folder, or maybe we can select a subfolder here as well.

Basically define where you want to save the file. Then you have a few other choices. Let's scroll down. If we want to rename the file we can determine that. In this case I'll just leave it as the same. It isn't a video file, so nothing to do there. Then we have our file settings. Rather than outputting this or exporting this as the native file format, which is a raw DNG we're going to change this to a JPEG. When you select JPEG you have some options here for your color space. Choose AdobeRGB 1998, and I'm going to crank the quality all the way up because I'll be sending this image to a client who will be printing this on a matte paper.

So I want a high-res JPEG, nice big color space, lots of quality there. All the way up to 100. Alright, what about resizing the photograph? Well when it comes to resizing, I know that the client wants an image which is approximately ten inches on the long edge. So we'll click Resize to Fit from the pull down menu, choose Long Edge. Rather than pixels, I'm going for inches, and I'll type in the value there of ten inches. In regards to the resolution we can define that, either 300 perhaps or maybe the client wants 240, which is very common.

We can enter in that value. This check box above, Don't Enlarge is a kind of safety net check box. When you turn that on, it will make sure that it isn't taking a smaller image and making it bigger. This is helpful in case you aren't sure of the file size that you're working with. Again, you may want to turn on that safety net check box so that you're not kind of stretching the image too thin. Alright, what about output sharpening? Well, this is a step which is often overlooked, and if it's overlooked, your image just won't look as good.

What you want to do is turn on this option. Determine how you're going to output the image. Remember I said it will be printed with a matte paper type, so we want to make that selection here. Then we need to choose between these three amounts. Low, standard or high. Now this is where I think the dialog is a little bit misleading because it seems like this isn't that powerful or very good or that important, because when you select between three options you can't really see the difference. Yet I've done some testing, and what I've found is for the most part standard works best, and that when you include output sharpening it does add just that final little icing on the cake which will make your photographs look good.

So make sure that you turn on this option here. And then we have some other options like Metadata or Watermarking or if we want it to do something after we export the file. In this case, we'll just leave it on the default setting of Do Nothing. And just to review, most importantly what we want to do here is to find a location, determine our file output type, in this case JPEG. Then apply any needed image resizing and last but not least make sure to include some output sharpening.

And when we do that, that will then ensure that our photographs look their best. And then when you're ready to export your image, simply click on the Export button.

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