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Sharpen, save, convert to RGB, and crop

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Video: Sharpen, save, convert to RGB, and crop

In this exercise we are going to take this nearly final version of the image and we are going to sharpen it and we are also going to crop it, so that we can take care of some of the compositional issues, like we have got this pole running almost right through the center of the image, that is terrible. This Power Zone logo over there, that can go. Anyway, I really want to focus on the people and the action and that kind of thing. So here is what we are going to do. First of all, I have saved my image in progress, as Near final correction.psd inside the 04 Cast_lighting folder and we are going to work through these corrections fairly quickly because we have seen many of them before.

Sharpen, save, convert to RGB, and crop

In this exercise we are going to take this nearly final version of the image and we are going to sharpen it and we are also going to crop it, so that we can take care of some of the compositional issues, like we have got this pole running almost right through the center of the image, that is terrible. This Power Zone logo over there, that can go. Anyway, I really want to focus on the people and the action and that kind of thing. So here is what we are going to do. First of all, I have saved my image in progress, as Near final correction.psd inside the 04 Cast_lighting folder and we are going to work through these corrections fairly quickly because we have seen many of them before.

I want you to go to the background layer and make sure it is active and then we will convert it to a Smart Object by going up to the Filter menu choosing Convert for Smart Filters then, you will go ahead and rename it something like, I don't know like Lab SO or something, just so we know it is a Lab Smart Object. Then go to the Filter menu, choose Sharpen and choose Smart Sharpen and the settings that I want you to enter are these right here, an Amount of 200% and a Radius of 3 pixels and remove set to Lens Blur, that is all fine and dandy, click OK.

Now this is going to bring out all kinds of noise as well as the detail inside the image and if you start zooming in you will see what I'm talking about. There is a fair amount of noise action, look at that pole, very noisy. We are not going to do too much about the Luminance noise unless we really go in there and try to massage the image. It is not really worth doing that. I like having the Luminance noise action. What I do want to get rid of is the color noise. So let us start by tiding things up, by getting rid off that Filter Mask, we don't need it and then double click on little Settings icon there for Smart Sharpen to bring up the Blend Options dialog box, change Mode to Luminosity, you always do that if you are working with Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpen and then you click OK in order to accept that modification.

You can see, this is before, look closely right in this region right there you can see some color action going on, some color noise. This is after, it all goes away and we are just left with luminance noise, which is fine because that is helping impart this sense of sharpness inside the image. Now you would go ahead and save this final version of the image by going up to the File menu, choosing the Save As command because we have now performed all of our corrections inside Lab, so All Lab corrections I will call this document, you might want to call yours something else so you don't save over mine, totally up to you.

Hey, that is All ab corrections! Oh! That would be so awesome if you could solve all of your ab problems with Photoshop. If you could carve these just excellent abs. Unfortunately, these are All Lab corrections. Now click Save in order to save those modifications. Then I want to crop the image. Well, the crop I want to perform is a Radical Crop and so there is not really any point trying to pull it off nondestructively because I'm going to rotate the image and I'm going to potentially damage a bunch of masks and all this other stuff. So let us just go ahead at this point and convert the image to RGB.

Let us go back to RGB, which is typically what you want to do when you are finalizing the image, doing the final touches. Go to Image mode, RGB Color, you will be asked if you want to Rasterize, yes you do, the Smart Object because we are going flat now and then you want to Merge, not OK, you want to Merge all of your adjustment layers so that you are creating what is extensively a flat file. It is actually a one layer file so it is not entirely flat and then I'm going to grab my Crop tool, and I have already set up some modifications here, I have set up some width and height values that I want to work with, because I'm looking for a real panoramic shot essentially, and these values will give me the panoramic shot I'm looking for.

Again, these are just trial and error settings so that you and I can get the same thing if you are working along with me. So 4224 pixels for width and 1798 pixels for height and I'm going to drag from this little guy way back there below Power Zone because we are definitely getting rid of Power Zone, from his upper what would that be, his upper left shoulder, upper right for us and we are going to drag over to here basically, beyond these people. Let me just make sure I have got him in the right place. He looks good and I'm going to move this center point up in to the upper right of the crop like so and then I'm going to move my cursor outside the crop and I'm dragging down like this in order to position the crop boundary where I want it to be and that might be a little lower than what I'm looking for.

So I will drag this guy up just a little bit. Notice, I'm trying to make sure that we are offsetting the central column right there. So something along these lines should work out pretty well for me. Then once I have done that I will make sure that Cropped Area is set to hide, so because I do have a layer, so I might as well keep that extra layer information and then I will press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that crop. There is the cropped version of the image. I think it looks pretty nice. I will go ahead and Tab away my toolbox so that you can see we are just keeping the real good action inside of the shot.

We are throwing the pole over to the right a little bit, we still got the orange jacket dude, that is nice and his friend, a green jacket dude there, they are very nice. Also, got a double jersey dude right there. All those people are essential. I'm just going to skip a head here. Finally, I scaled the image a little bit, did bit a little bit of additional cropping action and threw in this text there and also, this exclamation point. You can check out how this is all put together if you take a look at this document called Cropped RGB crowd.psd that is found inside the 04 Cast lighting folder and The Crowds Roar For Frozen Four.

It's hard to say, a little bit of a tongue twister there and it is not actually all that accurate because they are really going home. There are not roaring. They were whooping it up every once a while because they are one team, hit one, couple of teams really. The only thing I want to tell you though, you can do whatever you want with this document, you can throw in the trash for all, I don't care, but here is the deal. If you are going to save it, make sure to go up to the File menu and do a Save As, so that you save it to a separate file. So you don't save over your Lab file with your RGB file. You want to save this as a separate one. So there you have it, a corrected image thanks to all kinds of different operations that we applied.

But here is the key, we identified what the exact Color Cast was and then we acted on it quite precisely in the Lab mode using Curves here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS3 Mastering Lab Color

70 video lessons · 10798 viewers

Deke McClelland
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  1. 23m 32s
    1. Your doorway to better color
      2m 18s
    2. Lab and the untreated JPEG image
      6m 15s
    3. Lab and Camera Raw with a JPEG file
      6m 5s
    4. Lab and Camera Raw with a raw photograph
      8m 54s
  2. 1h 6m
    1. Don't fear the Lab mode
      1m 5s
    2. Why color is 3D
      4m 22s
    3. Device-dependant RGB and CMYK
      5m 15s
    4. Device-dependant CIELAB D50
      5m 33s
    5. Color by the numbers (mixing Lab values)
      5m 35s
    6. The Hue/Saturation color wheel
      4m 0s
    7. The slightly skewed Lab color wheel
      9m 56s
    8. Lab's wide world of "imaginary colors"
      6m 41s
    9. Examining RGB and CMYK channels
      6m 37s
    10. The strange (but powerful) Lab channels
      6m 47s
    11. How RGB and CMYK channels blend
      6m 45s
    12. How channels blend in Lab
      3m 54s
  3. 1h 17m
    1. Bad becomes great, great becomes better
      1m 0s
    2. Cheapening a perfectly good image in RGB
      5m 3s
    3. Making a great image even better in Lab
      8m 9s
    4. Saving a Lab image file
      2m 13s
    5. Favoring yellow to balance skin tones
      6m 12s
    6. Dropping out the blues
      5m 34s
    7. Correcting a very bad image in RGB
      7m 20s
    8. Sharpening luminance independently of color
      5m 22s
    9. Correcting a very bad image in Lab
      7m 34s
    10. Sharpening the Lightness channel
      5m 47s
    11. Finessing the Lightness channel with Curves
      8m 27s
    12. Applying Curves to the a and b channels
      7m 52s
    13. Sharpening for effect, blurring away noise
      7m 14s
  4. 57m 23s
    1. The convergence of all things nondestructive
      1m 26s
    2. Correcting saturation and color cast
      8m 5s
    3. Fading the oranges and reds
      4m 32s
    4. The secret power of Brightness/Contrast in Lab
      5m 5s
    5. Smart Objects and sharpening
      3m 33s
    6. Fixing chromatic aberrations in RGB
      8m 51s
    7. Adding clarity with High Pass
      3m 13s
    8. Reducing color noise with Median
      4m 35s
    9. Protecting the sky with a density mask
      5m 48s
    10. Nondestructive cropping with Canvas Size
      6m 23s
    11. Convert to RGB, flatten, and save
      5m 52s
  5. 1h 34m
    1. Images with bigger issues
      1m 6s
    2. Fixing a color cast
      6m 14s
    3. Exaggerating a color cast
      5m 23s
    4. Quantifying and correcting a color cast
      8m 11s
    5. Sharpening an image with the Emboss command
      4m 38s
    6. Introducing a more complicated color cast
      3m 43s
    7. Drawing a custom contrast curve
      7m 21s
    8. Performing a gross color cast compensation
      3m 49s
    9. Fine-tuning a color cast compensation
      5m 52s
    10. Restoring neutral highlights
      6m 8s
    11. Masking away aberrant hues
      5m 16s
    12. Sharpen, save, convert to RGB, and crop
      6m 18s
    13. Applying a Shadows/Highlights Smart Filter
      5m 1s
    14. Tweaking Shadows/Highlights in Lab
      5m 25s
    15. Rendering Shadows/Highlights in Lab
      7m 57s
    16. Correcting color cast and contrast
      6m 16s
    17. Completing a low-frequency portrait with High Pass
      5m 22s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Changing some colors, leaving others as is
      1m 7s
    2. Rotating hues in RGB with Hue/Saturation
      5m 0s
    3. Modifying colors in Lab with Curves
      5m 47s
    4. Blending colors with Underlying Layer
      6m 8s
    5. Changing colors in wardrobe shots
      6m 1s
    6. Blending the Red and b channels
      8m 5s
    7. Developing a base mask
      8m 8s
    8. Colorizing an isolated area
      7m 33s
    9. Revealing complementary highlights
      3m 18s
    10. Repairing strangely colored shadows
      5m 37s
    11. Tanning and deepening skin tones
      4m 13s
    12. Exposing bright eyes and teeth
      4m 39s
  7. 1m 8s
    1. See ya
      1m 8s

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