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Resizing before you sharpen

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Video: Resizing before you sharpen

So far in this course we've been focusing in

Resizing before you sharpen

So far in this course we've been focusing in on how we can use tools like LightRoom and Adobe Camera in order to apply input, or as I like to call it, foundational sharpening, to our photographs. Well, in this chapter, we're going to shift our attention away from input raw sharpening, and we're going to begin to focus in on how we can use Photoshop in order to sharpen and improve the details in our photographs. And in this movie, we'll start off with this portrait here, and here we'll talk about the importance of resizing our images before we apply any sharpening.

And then in the next few movies, we'll take a look at some common and essential Photoshop sharpening techniques. Well, this is a portrait of my daughter Annika. She was getting ready for crazy hair day at school. And as you can see here, she was having some fun with it. And before she ran off to school, I quickly captured this frame. Now with this image, from a distance it looks great. But one of the things that we all know about working on computers and images, is that sometimes things can look good from a distance but then when you get up close, you actually see the detail you have there, you may discover something else.

So with this image, let's first begin by zooming into 100%. To do that, one technique you can use is to double-click the Zoom tool. Then press the space bar key and click and drag to pan around. Now, when we zoom into this photograph at its native file size, this was the file size that was generated when the camera captured and recorded the image, we can see here that the details are okay. You'll also notice though that the eye is a little bit soft. It isn't tack sharp.

You know, my focus was a bit off. I think the area of focus is actually right in this area, and the eye is just a little bit soft. And it's soft at this particular file size. Yet, I'm not interested at printing this photograph at this size. Rather, I want to make a four by six print and tack it up to the refrigerator. So before I apply any sharpening, or before I even worry about the detail that I'm seeing here, I'm going to resize the photograph. Let's take a look at how we can resize this image effectively.

First, navigate to the Image pulldown menu. And then next click on the option for Image Size. Again, that is Image, then Image Size. When we click on the Image Size menu button, it will open up our Image Size dialogue. Now if you're using an older version of Photoshop, this may look a little bit different. It may look a bit smaller. And you'll have a little bit of a smaller preview window. That's okay. You can still resize your images effectively. If you're using the most recent version of Photoshop, you may want to extend this out, just so that you have a larger preview window.

Currently you can see that it's showing me my preview at 100%. Again, I can see all of these details at this 1:1 view. Well I want to resize this image. So over here with our Resize controls, we can change this pulldown menu to read different things, like pixels, or in our case we want to go to inches. As I mentioned before, I want to go to a four by six size, so here I'm going to type out four, and I have a nice four by six size image at 300 pixels per inch.

Notice that the view rate is still 100%. Now, why is that? What happened? How come I am seeing more of the photograph? Well what happened was the image used to be 63 megs, it was gigantic. Now it's only six. And if I were to click OK, it would make that change and it would create a smaller version of this image, or a re-sized version that is smaller. It would be re-sized to that four by six size. And if this is the final output, as it is with this photograph here, this is the view that I want to have, so that I can evaluate the image, and then apply any needed sharpening.

And when I look at the image at this size, it looks amazing. The eye looks tack-sharp. The details look great. So it really depends upon your output destination, in regards to evaluating the details, and then also fixing them up if needed. Alright, well let's apply the resizing, which we've chosen here. To apply that, click on the OK button and that will then resize our photograph. And now that we have resized this image to these new dimensions, let's go ahead and leave this file open, because in the next few movies, we'll talk about some techniques that we can use to sharpen this picture.

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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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