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Re sizing and sharpening. This chapter is all about efficiency and speed. And often those two things, as we've discussed before, go hand and hand. It's about taking a look at how we can use Bridge In Photoshop together We need to make sure we're at the The right output size, which will then help us know how much sharpening to apply. to speed up the way that we sharpen and improve the details in our photographs.
So we'll open up the actions panel. You can do so by clicking on this icon here, or by You'll often will capture a group of images in a similar lighting scenario. going to the window pull down menu and then just choose actions. Whether that's at a wedding like with Again that's window, actions. these photographs or on a commercial photo shoot. And in those situations, what you'll discover is that you'll Once the actions want to apply the same amount and type of sharpening and then re-apply to other photographs as well. panel is open, you want to create a new set or folder here. So here in this chapter we'll focus in how we can do that. This first movie is all about recording a sharpening action. Click on this icon and let's name this one CO or whatever your initials are. And then in the next few movies we'll take a look at how we can use that action. This is my set. I'll click okay, then we want to create an action. We'll begin with the first image. It's titled wedding - 01.dng. To write or record an action, the first step is Go ahead and select that file and to click on the icon which is the new icon. we'll go through our normal work flow, which would be to start off in Camera Raw. This will give us the ability to record the following steps. Here I'll choose file and then open in Camera Raw. So click on that icon and let's give this one a name. I'm going to call this 4x6-sharpen. We could start off of course with Adobe Camera Raw or Next, we'll click record. Light Room, whatever it is you use to process your files. You want to give it a name that you can come back to and will help And in this case, in Camera Raw, you remind you of what it actually does, so can see I've already made some basic adjustments. that's why we're naming it 4x6 and sharpen. Rather than emphasizing those, let's just say we've completed The first step will be to resize. our work and we're ready to open the image. Here we'll go to image and choose image size. Again that's image and image size, click on that to open Click on Open image. up the image size dialogue, and I want to take this down so I'll choose 4, that will give me a 4x6 image at 300 pixels per inch, perfect, just click okay. And that will bring it over to Photoshop. Notice that it records that action for us, zoom back in so we can see the image. And what we want to do next is apply some sharpening. We aren't going to sharpen to a new layer Once the file is in Photoshop we want to because I want to deliver the client a file which is saved out and think about what type of action we want to record. ready to go, so here I'm going to sharpen right on the background layer. Here I'll press the F key to go to full screen mode and then zoom in a little bit so that we can evaluate the image. We'll navigate to the filter pull down And the action that I want to record is one which will re menu, choose sharpen, and then select smart sharpen. size the image so i can deliver the client a 4 x 6 print. And this will open up our smart sharpen dialogue. I also want to sharpen the image. And in the dialogue, we'll start off with a relatively low radius, closer to 1. This isn't low of a res file, but it isn't huge, either. So they're two things here. It will bring up the amount, and I like to bring that Re sizing and sharpening. up in 10 or 20% increments, and watch it as it climbs up. Look at the details. And often those two things, as we've discussed before, go hand and hand. Click on the image. Look at your before and after. We need to make sure we're at the The right output We want to have a nice, beautiful look in this image. It's really important that a portrait like this isn't And over sharp. size, which will then help us know how much sharpening to apply. It's also important that it isn't dull or lacking. So, in this case, my focus is a little bit more on the flowers. So I need to focus on those, make sure those are tack sharp there. Reduce any unwanted noise. And work with lens blur. Out of these three options, that one works the best. Alright, well I think we're getting pretty close to a good amount of sharpening. Has a nice little snap to it there. I'm just trying to be really careful. It's hard to talk and to focus on your image at the same time. Well let's just say that that's a good amount. Then we'll click okay. In doing that. it's going to record that step, as you can see here. And then next what we need to do is to save the file out. Here we'll go to file, and then I'll choose save as. When I click on the save as dialogue, I can go to the folder there. I'm going to save this one out as a JPG because that's what I'll be giving the client. And then I'll click save. What this will do is give me an option. How high a quality? I'll go with 12. I want a really nice, high quality JPG there. And that is the final step in our action. Once you've completed Going through the steps, and I actually, it isn't the final step. I'm wrong. I got ahead of myself there a little bit. The last step that we need to take is to close the image, right? We don't want this one to remain open. We want to close it, so let's do that. We'll choose File and then we'll select close. Alright, now that is the final step. We have finished our work here, our 4x6 sharpen action has been recorded, where we re-sized the photograph. We then applied smart sharpen. We saved Saved and close the document. Once you've finished recording the action simply press the stop button that will then be saved inside of this set here. You can access it by opening it up, and you can expand any of these to get further details about the setting which you chose for the action. And once you've recorded an action, of course, the next step is to play that back and to apply it to another photograph. We'll look at how we can do that in the next few movies.
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