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Selective sharpening

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

Video: Selective sharpening

At this juncture, in our journey to learn how to use the Adjustment Brush, I think we are ready to dig deeper, and that's exactly what we are going to do here. We are going to take what we have learned so far and add to that some other tips and tricks and shortcuts. In particular, what I want to do is brighten up the face. I also want to apply some selective sharpening. Well, let's press a K key to select the Adjustment Brush, and let's say I want to begin with the brightening of the face. When I move over to my Adjustment Brush controls, it just looks like a huge mess.

Selective sharpening

At this juncture, in our journey to learn how to use the Adjustment Brush, I think we are ready to dig deeper, and that's exactly what we are going to do here. We are going to take what we have learned so far and add to that some other tips and tricks and shortcuts. In particular, what I want to do is brighten up the face. I also want to apply some selective sharpening. Well, let's press a K key to select the Adjustment Brush, and let's say I want to begin with the brightening of the face. When I move over to my Adjustment Brush controls, it just looks like a huge mess.

How could I get everything back to normal, say so I can just work on exposure? What you can do is click on these little icons, the minus or the plus, and if we click on one of those icons, it will zero out all of the other controls, and just give us a preset amount in this case and the positive for exposure. Now, if we click on one of the negative icons, it does the same thing. It zeroes everything else out, except gives us a negative amount for that particular control. Well in this case, I am going to work on Exposure in the positive. We will click on that and go ahead and increase that amount, just a little bit there.

Next, let's work on our brush size. Hover over the image, Right Bracket key is bigger, Left Bracket key is smaller. What about Feather? We can press Shift+Left Bracket to decrease or Shift+Right Bracket to increase that Feather amount. All right. Well what about Flow? So far what we've said about Flow is that you can click in here, and you can drag to the left or the right. There has to be a better way. Well, indeed there is. What we can do here is simply press Minus in order to decrease our Flow, or we can press or tap multiple times Plus in order to increase our Flow.

This can be a great way to change this. You will notice that when you target one of these controls that highlights the numbers. If you want to go to a different field here or a different control, press the Tab key. As I press the Tab key on Windows, it's going to highlight these different fields. Now, once in those different fields, what I can do is simply type in a number. For example, I can type in six, or for that matter, I could type in two numbers in order to change that overall Density control. We can of course also use the slider. So let's crank that up. All right. Well what I want to do is turn off Auto Mask.

We can do that by pressing the M key. That toggles that on and off. We also want to toggle off showing the mask, so we can press the Y key to turn that on or off. Let's hide those Pins. We can do that by pressing the V key. Quite a bit of shortcuts there, and if any of those shortcuts are new to you, be sure to stop this movie, go back and re-watch that, and write those down, because again here what we are trying to do is really take our workflow to the next level. All right. Well, the next thing I want to do is paint in some brightness. So with this brush and with these different settings, I will go ahead and hover over the image.

I am going to go ahead and just lower that flow even more, press the Minus key there. I am going to start to brighten up this photograph. Now sometimes what happens is when you are brightening something up, you may kind of go over the top, or you may have some transitional edges which are a bit too harsh. We can see especially that's a case over here on the shirt. What I like to do to remove that, let's go to my Erase Brush, increase the Feather by leaps and bounce. I am going to increase the Flow just a little bit. If we have a brush that's really nice and big, with a lot of Feather, we can just start to paint over that transition area. See how that smoothed that out? That made it so it is a little bit more natural, and sometimes by just backing off the effect by painting through this, we can make this effect look that much better.

All right. Well let's press the P key. Here we have our before, and then our after, adding some nice subtle brightening to that area in the image. I am going to decrease this Exposure just a bit there. Press the P key again, before and after. All right. We are ready to sharpen. Well, let's zoom into 100%. We can do so by way of a shortcut: Command+Option+0 on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+0 on a PC. Press the Spacebar key and then click and drag to reposition. Well, here what we want to do is just paint in the sharpening to this particular area of the image.

Let's click on the Preset for Sharpness. We'll do so by clicking on the Plus icon, +25. Perfect! Now, we will go ahead and bring down our brush size and our Feather and our Flow here, and then I am just going to go ahead and start to paint over this area of the photograph. I just want to keep the area that's sharp nice and sharp. I don't need to sharpen anything that's out of focus and a lot of times when sharpening, this is exactly what we need to do. We just want to sharpen little areas of our image, little bit more on the eye so I am going to paint back and forth on that, really building up that eye focus there.

Not necessarily want so much on the cheek, I want to erase from this area. Well, you can hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on a PC. That will toggle your brush to erase. Here I can then change that. Now, here is another little advanced tip that I want to share with you. Currently when I toggle to the Erase Brush, my brush size is identical. Watch this. I will press Option or Alt and there is no change here within my brush size as I work on the image. It's identical in both situations. Well, if I want to disconnect the brush size, or have a different brush size, whether I am adding or erasing, here is what you can do.

You can click on this icon here, and you can separate the Eraser size. Well, now I will go to Erase. I will choose a really big brush size, just by way or illustration and then go back to Add, we can see a small brush size. So now when I hover over the image and press Option or Alt, you can see that it goes to erase with completely new brush settings. So sometimes it may be helpful to have separate settings, other times, you may want these exactly connected. If so, simply click off this option so that those aren't separated. All right.

Well that was a little bit of an advanced tip there. Let's focus back in on the sharpening. Sharpening is looking good. We are going to add a little bit of clarity here as well, just to build that up even more. Next, let's press the P key. Here we have our before and now our after, and this image is looking much better, and along the way I hope you picked up some advanced tips which will help you work even more effectively with the Adjustment Brush.

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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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