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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.
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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