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Real focus happens inside the camera's lens element. The sharpening features in Photoshop CS3 exaggerate the contrast along edges in a photograph to transform a well-focused image into an outstanding image. In Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images, Deke McClelland teaches a host of sharpening and noise reduction techniques, including using filters such as Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, High Pass, and Reduce Noise. The training teaches the essentials of sharpening, including what it does, why it's important, and how the filters function. Plus, the training covers Deke's recommended best practices, including the four distinct varieties of sharpening, which can be used independently or in combination with each other. Photoshop CS3 Sharpening Images is about how to transform images from looking good to looking their absolute best. Exercise files accompany the course.
The final heading on our slide is Sharpen for Output, which also happens to be the final chapter in this series and a final thing you do before you send an image on its merry way. Sharpening for output is the conventional purpose for sharpening an image. So we wont be encountering any controversy in this chapter. But I am going to have you approaches thr the process in a slightly atypical fashion. We'll start with a use neutral image that is a composition that is sharpened, smooth, and otherwise corrected without any specific medium or destination in mind.
Then we'll flatten, resample and sharpen the image for output using High Pass for commercial reproduction and Smart Sharpen, which produces crisper, clipped edges for inkjet. I'll even pass along some specific amount, radius, and blending settings that have worked well for me over the years. In the final exercise, well take a look at how to sharpen an image for the web or some other screen destinations. One thing we won't be doing is converting our images to CMYK. You only convert to CMYK for commercial reproduction, and I argue even then it's optional.
You typically stick with RGB for local inkjet printing. If you elect to convert an image to CMYK, make it your final step. Some folks recommend sharpening after the conversion and then modifying only the black channel, but that gives you less control and chop your edges. CMYK edges tend to be fragile by nature. Sharpening a RGB is safer, more reliable and delivers better results regardless of your destination. Here, let me show you.
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