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Raw sharpening in Lightroom or Camera Raw?

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In this movie I want to take a few

Raw sharpening in Lightroom or Camera Raw?

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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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

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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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