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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.
Remember the Technique Trumps Timing slide from the final exercise in Chapter 2? That was just a photograph but here is the real thing. Like so many of my slides, this one occurs naturally on a poster board backing in the hills above Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. As you may recall, these four headlines identify the main categories of sharpening in the general order that you apply them. First identify by the late Bruce Fraser in his book "Real World Image Sharpening," Source, Details, Effects and Output will serve as your guide posts as you attempt to create an optimally focused image in Photoshop.
The second half of the series is all about making the most of each of these categories. Starting at the top with Sharpening for Source. Digital image capture devices, whether cameras or scanners, use softening algorithms to resolve banding, harsh transitions and the creation of colors that the image sensor missed. In this chapter, we will focus our attention on ways to sharpen digital photographs, specifically those captured by your camera's RAW format inside the Adobes Camera RAW or ACR for short.
Well, sharpening for source ACR 4.1 and later let you smooth over noise, cranked chromatic aberrations and generate edge masks on the fly. It is amazing. Fortunately ACR lets you open JPEG and TIFF files as well, as you will see me doing in subsequent chapters. It does get thirsty.
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