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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 the previous movie we looked at how we can record an action which allowed us to resize, sharpen, and save the photograph as a JPEG. Well back here in Bridge, we can see that it saved this file out right here. And what I want to do is I want to apply that action to another one of my photographs. So here, I'll select one. Perhaps this image here, wedding-03.dng. This image has already been processed in Raw. And often this will be the case. You'll have images which you've worked on, you've completed that.
You just need to go back and run an action for an image. Perhaps you want to skip Camera Raw. Well let me share with you a really valuable technique for skipping Camera Raw. You can hold down the Shift key in Bridge then double-click on the photograph. That will send the image straight to Photoshop. It doesn't go to Camera Raw. It goes right past Camera Raw all the way to Photoshop and here we are. Of course if you prefer to open it in Camera Raw or another place, you can do so and just click Open and of course the file will come over.
Well, either way once you have the image open inside of Photoshop what we want to do is use the action which we already recorded. The action is four by six sharpen. I know that that's what I want to have for this file. So it's simply a matter of selecting the action name and then pressing the Play button. When you do that, you'll watch Photoshop go through the various steps and then finish it off, and now it's done. To go back to Adobe Bridge, what I'll do is press Cmd+Option+O on a Mac, or Ctrl+Alt+O on Windows. That's a handy little advance shortcut to go back and forth between Photoshop and Bridge.
Again, that's Cmd+Option+O or Ctrl+Alt+O on Windows. Or you can just navigate back to Adobe Bridge another way as well. Either way, here we are back in Bridge and now we can see that we have a JPEG file. And if I open up the Metadata panel down here below, what we'll see is we have our dimensions, the file has been resized. We have a JPEG whereas previously we had a much larger file. Now we have a smaller file that we can send to a printer or give to the client so that they could then make a four by six print.
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