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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 I want to take a few minutes to talk about our overall sharpening workflow and how that relates to some of the topics that we'll be covering in this course. You know, in a sense, I think we can divide our sharpening workflow up into three different sections or segments. And you know, when it comes to sharpening it all begins with image capture. We can set up our cameras in order to capture JPEG files, which actually have some sharpening already applied. Or we can set up our cameras to capture RAW files which doesn't have any sharpening applied at all.
Well, either way, what's important to keep in mind is the way that we capture our images will then affect the amount and the type of sharpening which we will apply later. Well after we've captured those images typically what we do is we begin to work on our photographs using Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. Often this step is referred to as camera raw input sharpening. Yet I like to think of it as foundational sharpening. And like with the foundation of a house, if that foundation is cracked, well everything else that we will do will crumble and crash to the ground.
Well it actually isn't that dramatic. Yet input sharpening is foundational and it is really important. After we've applied some input sharpening, next it's time to get specific and to apply some specialized sharpening. And then at the end of our overall workflow it's essential that we apply some output sharpening, which relates to the way that we're going to output our final photograph. Alright, well here, in this chapter, we're going to focus in on how we can use Camera Raw in order to apply supply some input sharpening.
And what I want to do is dig a little bit deeper into this topic. You know, when it comes to raw sharpening, typically we think of using one of two tools. We either use Lightroom or we use Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop. Now both of these tools allow us to use the Camera Raww Engine in order to process and improve our photographs. Yet if we were to peer underneath the hood of either of these two applications, what we would discover is that the Camera Raw Engine we have inside of Lightroom, and the Camera Raw engine that we have inside of Adobe Camera Raw is exactly identical.
It's just that the container or the wrapper around the engine appears a little bit different. For example, if we open up the Detail panel in Lightroom and compare that to the Detail panel in Adobe Camera Raw, what we'll discover is that this panel gives us access to controls and sliders which are absolutely identical. It's just that they appear a little bit differently. And also, if we process an image in Lightroom, we can achieve the exact same results when we're working in Adobe Camera Raw.
And the reason why I want to bring up this topic is because I know there are people who are passionate about working with Adobe Camera Raw. I also know there are people who are passionate about working with Lightroom. And you know, this isn't an either or question, rather it's a matter of a workflow preference. And because of that, in this course, I'll be covering topics of how we can work in Lightroom and also how we can work with Adobe Camera Raw. Obviously, what you want to do it watch those movies which are relevant to you and ignore the others. All right, to reiterate, when we're working in either Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, we're using the same exact Camera Raw Engine, which will allow us to accomplish the same results.
Also keep in mind when thinking of our overall sharpening work flow, our goal here is to create tack sharp and brilliant and beautiful photographs. And that workflow, it involves different steps. We need to think about how we're capturing those images, then, of course how we're working with Camera Raw to apply some input sharpening. And then last, but not least, we'll look at some specialized techniques and finally, how we can apply effective output sharpening so our photographs look their best.
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