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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.
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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