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Sharpening with Camera Raw

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

Video: Sharpening with Camera Raw

Now that we know a little bit about pre-sharpening or input sharpening with Camera Raw, we are going to go ahead and sharpen this image here. Let's zoom in to 100%, Command+Option+ Zero on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+Zero on a PC. And we will click and drag around the image. What we want to do is just look at the different details in this photograph, see where the image is soft. It's a little bit more soft or out of focus up top, it's a little bit more sharp right here and then as we travel down the image, that's nice and sharp, nice and sharp, nice and sharp down here, a little bit less but we are seeing that it's primarily in focus in this range. So I want to pull up that area because I don't want to over-sharpen this area.

Sharpening with Camera Raw

Now that we know a little bit about pre-sharpening or input sharpening with Camera Raw, we are going to go ahead and sharpen this image here. Let's zoom in to 100%, Command+Option+ Zero on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+Zero on a PC. And we will click and drag around the image. What we want to do is just look at the different details in this photograph, see where the image is soft. It's a little bit more soft or out of focus up top, it's a little bit more sharp right here and then as we travel down the image, that's nice and sharp, nice and sharp, nice and sharp down here, a little bit less but we are seeing that it's primarily in focus in this range. So I want to pull up that area because I don't want to over-sharpen this area.

Okay, well we obviously want to reduce the noise a little bit, almost all of our images need a little bit of luminance and color noise reduction. Next, we're going to go ahead and increase the Amount. And my Radius slider, I'm going to bring down. Detail, I'm going to bring up. I'm going to hold down the Option key or the Alt key as I move these sliders and just watch the overall amount, so this will help me really focus in on the task at hand. Now the Masking amount, I'm going to bring up just a bit. I want to limit perhaps a little bit of the sharpening but I do want to have lots of nice texture in the background. So I'll go ahead and bring my Detail slider up, Masking down. I'll press the P key, there is my before and after.

Now on your monitor, you may not be even seeing any difference. Now that's probably the goal. We want to have real subtle sharpening. In order to illustrate this, I'll grab the Zoom tool and I'll zoom in way in on an area of the image. Now press the P key, there is my before and after. Again that may even be difficult to see, before and then after. So I'm looking to try to create a subtle yet significant sharpening amount. I don't want to go over the top here because I can always further sharpen the image later. Now I'll double-click the Zoom tool to go back to 100%. I'm just going to press the Spacebar key and then click and drag to pan around the image, look at my preview before and after by clicking on the Preview button here or by pressing the P key.

I just want to make sure I'm not overdoing anything and as I move through this image I say, you know what? Hey! That looks pretty good. Let's go ahead and look at the top of the image where things get a little bit soft and look at our before and after. Okay, yeah that looks much better up there. All right, one final check here. I'm going to hit the P key, look at my before and after. Now the only thing that I'm noticing here is that this edge is glowing just a bit too much so I'm going to take the Amount and the Radius down just a little bit there. I'm also going to pull off some of the masking so I get a little bit more texture in the background. All right, we have now successfully sharpened this image in Camera Raw.

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  1. 4m 20s
    1. Welcome
      3m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      57s
  2. 12m 3s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 32s
    2. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 49s
    3. Calibrating your monitor
      3m 54s
    4. Calibration demo
      2m 48s
  3. 31m 39s
    1. Correcting color pt. 1: Determining the white and black points
      2m 27s
    2. Correcting color pt. 2: Using curves
      4m 15s
    3. Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning
      3m 14s
    4. Correcting color pt. 4: Adding finishing touches
      4m 35s
    5. Color-correcting an outdoor portrait with curves
      2m 41s
    6. Color-correcting skin tone by the numbers
      2m 36s
    7. Applying skin tone color correction by the numbers
      3m 52s
    8. Correcting reflected color
      2m 25s
    9. Color-correcting a studio fashion portrait
      3m 18s
    10. Color-correcting skin in a natural light portrait
      2m 16s
  4. 40m 52s
    1. Camera Raw input sharpening
      4m 14s
    2. Sharpening with Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      4m 57s
    4. Sharpening pt. 1: Using Smart Filters
      3m 15s
    5. Sharpening pt: 2: Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    6. Sharpening and blend modes
      2m 46s
    7. Using Unsharp Mask
      5m 41s
    8. Using High Pass to sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Adding texture and effects with High Pass
      5m 26s
  5. 19m 25s
    1. Business card resources
      4m 11s
    2. Using a business card template
      1m 22s
    3. Designing the front of a business card
      5m 7s
    4. Designing the back of a business card
      5m 17s
    5. Repurposing a business card for others
      1m 26s
    6. Business card examples
      2m 2s
  6. 32m 11s
    1. Typography resources sites
      3m 32s
    2. Tips and shortcuts for working with type
      4m 7s
    3. Promo card inspiration and resources
      3m 26s
    4. Using a template to build a promo
      2m 19s
    5. Customizing the template
      5m 1s
    6. Building a grid-based promo card
      7m 29s
    7. Resources for creating a photo book
      3m 22s
    8. Photo book examples
      2m 55s
  7. 53m 53s
    1. Creating a PDF layout with the Output module
      6m 35s
    2. Creating a layout pt. 1: Using the Output module to create a rough layout
      3m 24s
    3. Creating a layout pt. 2: Customizing a PDF layout in Photoshop
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a three-image layout in Photoshop
      2m 50s
    5. Creating a grid photo montage
      5m 23s
    6. Building a creative layout pt. 1
      4m 24s
    7. Building a creative layout pt. 2
      8m 6s
    8. Multiple-image layout pt. 1: Using Bridge and Photoshop
      3m 59s
    9. Multiple-image layout pt. 2: Masking and resizing photos
      6m 19s
    10. Multiple-image layout pt. 3: Finalizing the layout
      2m 39s
    11. Multiple-image layout pt. 4: Color and sharpening
      5m 13s
  8. 13m 34s
    1. Printer recommendations
      2m 47s
    2. Paper recommendations
      1m 50s
    3. Paper resources
      3m 27s
    4. Printing recommendations overview
      5m 30s
  9. 15m 46s
    1. Color management refresher
      1m 53s
    2. Finding sample files online for test printing
      3m 0s
    3. Soft-proofing with paper profiles
      1m 49s
    4. Soft-proofing to correct an image
      2m 52s
    5. Setting white and black points based on the test print
      6m 12s
  10. 34m 0s
    1. Starting with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    2. Resizing in Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. Setting the white and black points
      2m 17s
    4. Checking skin tone
      3m 48s
    5. Sharpening with Smart Sharpen
      3m 55s
    6. Making soft proof corrections
      2m 54s
    7. Introducing the Photoshop Print dialog
      2m 44s
    8. Color management and the Photoshop Print dialog
      3m 32s
    9. Final Print dialog settings
      2m 33s
    10. The final print
      4m 5s
  11. 23m 7s
    1. Setting up a test strip print
      2m 32s
    2. Modifying the test strip print
      5m 30s
    3. Understanding rendering intents
      2m 20s
    4. Test-printing rendering intents
      2m 35s
    5. Batch-processing with actions
      5m 50s
    6. The image processor
      4m 20s
  12. 23m 55s
    1. Overview and intro
      4m 45s
    2. Using a promo card template
      2m 47s
    3. Converting to CMYK
      7m 36s
    4. Field trip to a printing press
      8m 47s
  13. 6m 36s
    1. Resource sites
      2m 0s
    2. What's next
      2m 51s
    3. Goodbye
      1m 45s

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