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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.
In this movie, I want to share with you a few details, presets, that I've created for myself and that I use in my own work flow. I've included these presets as part of the exercise files, so if you have access to those, you can use and install these presets for free. What I want to do here is show you how you can find where your presets are saved. How you can even share or maybe sell your presets in order to make a profit. And then also, how you can install presets that someone else created in order to include in your own workflow.
All right, well in this Presets panel, you can see that I have the name, which I've created for the folder, and then I have a few different presets here. Well if we click to zoom in on this photograph that I captured in Joshua Tree, we can see some of the detail in this area. To apply a general, medium amount of sharpening, we can click on the first option. Or, if we really want to bring out the texture, we could use this one, which brings out little teeny bits of texture. Or, maybe we want to apply some edge sharpening.
Or, I always liked this one, just reset. Bring everything back to normal. Kind of clear away all that we've done. And you can see, I have presets for landscape photographs or portraiture. Or just a general one, as well. As you build up your own library, you may want to share these with others, or sell them. To do that, you can right click or Ctrl+click on the preset itself. Then in this menu, choose the option, Show In Finder on a Mac, or Show In Explorer on Windows. And when you click on that, it will open up the folder where these are saved on your hard drive.
You can then select these files. And you could include them on your blog or you could share them with others. What someone else could do is then install those on their system, and begin to use them in their workflow. All right, well how does that side of the equation work? Well, if we go back to the Presets panel for a moment, I'm going to click on My Presets, and click on the Minus sign. That will remove or get rid of those. They are now gone. What I want to do is, I want to import those from our Exercise Files folder, so I can use them again.
So here I'll go down to a folder and right click or Ctrl+click and then choose Import. This will open up the dialogue. And what I'm going to do is navigate to that folder inside our Exercise Files there. It's inside of Chapter 2, and it's titled Presets. And here you can see all of the presets, which I had previously shown you. To import them into Lightroom, all you have to do is find out where they are, select those files, and then click import. That will then bring them into your Lightroom library, as you can see here.
And then you can start to use them by simply clicking on the preset name. What I find too is that often I've imported someone else's presets, and I think they're good. But they're not perfect, because they're not exactly the way I would do it for my camera and my lens and my way of shooting. So if ever that's the case, feel free to change these settings, even my settings here. If you don't quite like them, well, make some changes to them, and then you can also even change the name. Right click or Ctrl+click on one of the names of a preset.
If you want to rename this one, choose Rename. Let's say we just want to call this one General. Well, we can do that and then click OK and then we have a new name for that preset. And the advantage of doing this is pretty obvious. One, you can share these with others. And then two, you can start to take advantage of those presets which are out there, and then integrate them into your own workflow. And of course, customize them so that they can help you to speed up your workflow and to improve your photographs so they look their best.
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