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Putting it all together: Workflow part one

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In this movie, I want to connect the dots or put the pieces together, so to speak.

Putting it all together: Workflow part one

In this movie, I want to connect the dots or put the pieces together, so to speak. Here, I want to look an essential overview workflow of how we can sharpen and improve a photograph, beginning with working with one of our RAW tools in order to apply input sharpening, and then we'll bring the image over to Photoshop in order to finish it off. Here we'll be working with this photograph here, it's titled Kara.CR2. This is a raw file. It's an original file there haven't been any adjustments made to it yet.

Now we can work in this first step with Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. In order to keep things simple, I'll use Bridge and Camera Raw. So here I'll select the photograph and then navigate to the file pulldown menu and choose Open in Camera Raw. Again, File > Open in Camera Raw, or if you use Lightroom, import this image into Lightroom and you can perform the similar steps there. All right, well, often we'll begin here in the Basic panel. Yet, with this photograph there isn't a lot of work that needs to be done.

I think the exposure, the contrast, the detail, for the most part I think it looks pretty good. Yet just for the sake of argument, let's make a few adjustments. Here we might brighten up the exposure a little bit and add a touch of contrast. Maybe we'll darken some of those highlights, and then make a few other adjustments as well. We'll increase the clarity just a little bit there. And I'm going to decrease the saturation. All right, well after we've done our work here in the Basic panel, the next step is the Details panel.

We can access those by clicking on the Details tab. Here I'll work with our Sharpening and our Noise Reduction controls. Yet we have a warning indicator, or reminder down here, that says, hey, remember you have to zoom into 100%. Let's do that. We'll click on the pulldown menu here, and I'm going to choose 100%. Then press the space bar key and click and drag, to pan back up to the area of the face, because that's a really important part of this photograph.

And then let's analyze or evaluate what we have. I see a bit of luminance noise here in my shadow area, and in the skin tone. Let's target that first. We'll go to our Noise Reduction controls and bring up the Luminance Noise Reduction amount. Drop those details down. You don't need to bring out more detail, we want less. And we need to bring up Luminance Contrast, as well. All right, Color noise looks pretty good in this image. Then what about Sharpening? The image is a little bit soft, so we're going to need to boost this up.

Keep in mind what we're doing here is foundational input sharpening. We're not going to go overboard. Rather, we're just trying to shift, or to bring the image to a better place. We'll start off by bringing up the amount. As I do that, I see that some of the little details are getting exaggerated, so I'm going to drop my detail slider back down. I want to protect those, especially in pictures of people. We'll bring the sharpening amount up, and we'll also increase the masking value here, which will make sure that we aren't applying the sharpening to the bigger smoother areas of the picture, like the background or some of the areas of the skin.

You can hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and drag that slider to view the mask. This gives us this black and white perspective where the white contents will have a little bit of sharpening applied. The black areas won't be affected. Again this isn't rocket science here, it isn't that significant. Yet it's really important. And what I mean by isn't that significant, the before and after isn't going to be hugely different. Here's the before. That's okay. Then here's the after. The image looks a little bit cleaner. We're just cleaning up.

We're setting the foundation, we're setting the stage. All right, well, after we've done our work in Lightroom or Camera Raw, next we need to go to Photoshop. In Camera Raw to do that, simply click on the Open Image button and that will then send this file over to Photoshop with all of those Camera Raw settings applied. In Lightroom you can choose Edit in Photoshop and that will open up your photograph in the same way. All right, well now that we're here, what we need to do is we need to think about the final destination for this image. What is the final output size? Well the client in this case is going to reproduce or print this image at a size which is approximately five by seven.

So let's re-size the image before we apply any sharpening. To do that, we'll navigate to the Image pulldown menu. Next we chose Image Size, that's Image and Image Size. This will open up the Image Size dialog. Again, we want to evaluate the photograph and take a look at the detail we have here at 100%, and then go to our controls. Over here, with the controls, I can change this between pixels and inches.

I'm going to go for inches, because I know the client wants approximately five by seven. This gives us five by seven and a half, that will be perfect. After we've dialed those settings in, the actual dimensions and the resolution, we'll use the re-sample method of automatic, because that typically works best in almost all situations. Here, click OK to apply those re-size settings. Now we need to zoom into the image and evaluate. Double-click the Zoom tool, that will take the photograph to 100%.

And let's take a look at what we have. When I look at the image now, I like the detail that I'm seeing. It looks sharp, but it does look like it needs a little boost. And one of the things that the client has told me is that they really want to bring out some of the texture here in the dress. So let's perform some advanced sharpening, using Smart Sharpen, in order to improve this photograph. And let's do that in the next movie. Leave this image open and then we'll work on the second step, the Smart Sharpen step, in the next movie.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

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Chris Orwig
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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    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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