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Sharpening with the Emboss filter

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

Video: Sharpening with the Emboss filter

In this movie I'll show you an alternate way to compensate for camera shake using the emboss filter. But first I want you to notice over here in the layers panel that we've got this white rectangle, and it represents the filter mask. And you can use it to mask away filtering effects. So for example if I were to switch to the brush tool which you can get by pressing the B key I'll see the little ghost busters icon because I can't directly paint a smart object. But if I click on the filter mask instead right next to the words smart filters then my brush becomes active because I can paint inside the filter mask.

Sharpening with the Emboss filter

In this movie I'll show you an alternate way to compensate for camera shake using the emboss filter. But first I want you to notice over here in the layers panel that we've got this white rectangle, and it represents the filter mask. And you can use it to mask away filtering effects. So for example if I were to switch to the brush tool which you can get by pressing the B key I'll see the little ghost busters icon because I can't directly paint a smart object. But if I click on the filter mask instead right next to the words smart filters then my brush becomes active because I can paint inside the filter mask.

I'll go ahead and right click inside the image window and increase the size value let's say to. 300 pixels. And I'll leave the hardness set to 0%. And then I'll press the enter key or the return key on a Mac in order to hide that panel. And if you're working along with me, you want to press the D key to reinstate the default colors which are white for the foreground and black for the background when working inside a mask. And then press the X key In order to make the foreground color black, and then you can paint away the filtering effect right there inside Colleen's face for example.

So its a great way to selectively filter portions of your image. But in my case I want the filters to effect the entire image. In which case you can save some room here inside the layers panel by right clicking inside the filter mask and choosing delete filter mask, just to get rid of it. And that way it's not cluttering up the panel and you can always add it back in later if you want to by right clicking on smart filters and then choosing add filter mask. In any case I'm going to leave mine gone. Now I'm going to press the M key to switch to the rectangular marquis tool.

And I'll press control J, or command J on the Mac, in order to create a copy of the smart object. Now I'm going to grab the smart filters and drag em and drop em on the trash can in order to get rid of them. And that way we can start from scratch where this layer is concerned. Now, you want to go up to the filter menu. Choose Stylize, and then choose Emboss. And the Emboss filter creates this kind of Hans Solo in carbonite effect here. But it can be used in order to compensate for camera shape. So once again you want to set the angle, to the angle of the shape.

Which we decided in the previous movie was zero degrees. The height value is analogous to the radius value, so I'll leave it set to three pixels. And then you really don't want to take the amount value beyond 100% where this particular image is concerned. Now go ahead and click OK to accept the effect. Now this hardly looks like a sharpening effect at this point, but it will as soon as we apply a blend mode that will drop out the grays inside the image. And you do that by first right-clicking inside the Filter Mask here and choosing Delete Filter Mask to get rid of it.

And then I'll double-click in the slider icon in order to bring up the Blending Options dialog box and you can see it happens a lot faster because emboss is a much simpler filter than smart sharpen. And at this point, you now want to change the blend mode to one of these contrast modes right here in the middle. Starting with overlay, and going down to linear light. The last two are not going to do you any good. Overlay is going to give you a little bit of a light effect. I'll go ahead and click okay in order to apply it. And then I'll turn the smart filters off for this particular layer.

So this is the original unsharpened version of the image. And this is the slight sharpening effect thanks to emboss, set to overlay. If you want something that packs a little more of a punch then double click on the slider icons once again and switch up to hard light or linear light. If overlay is delivering too much of an effect, you can switch down to soft light. In my case, I'm going to take it all the way up to linear light. Vivid light, by the way is going to give you too much color and is going to give you these rough transitions as well where linear light is a more even affect as you can see here.

And it's a very strong effect as well, the strongest of the bunch. And then, you'll want to reduce the opacity value. Now, with a standard image, an opacity of 100% would be way over the top. You'd probably take the opacity down to something like 10 or 20%. In my case, I'm going to press shift+down arrow, a couple of times to take the opacity value down to 80%, and then I'll click OK in order to accept that change. All right now, for the sake of comparison, I'll turn off the Emboss filter again that's the original version of the image.

If I press Control-Z, or Command-Z on the Mac, that's the newly-sharpened version. And if I turn off this top layer, which I'll just go ahead and name Emboss, so we can keep track of what's going on. This is the version of the image subject to two passes of smart sharpen. Now I have to say, I think the smart sharpen effect looks better. However, the emboss effect is just so darn easy to apply. It's a single filter, it's a very fast filter. And, as with Smart Sharpen, you can change your settings just by double clicking on the word emboss.

And now, notice, the great things, is I'm not seeing those grays that were dropped out by the blend mode. So I'm seeing the blending intact inside the embossed dialogue box, meaning that I can change my settings with a higher degree of authority. So, for example, I could take the amount value up to 200% and actually see what it's going to do. Or, by contrast, I could take it down to say 70 percent in order to reduce the amount of sharpening. And then click OK in order to apply that effect. And finally, if this image is intended for print, you want to go ahead and zoom out to the 50 percent zoom ratio.

in order to get the best sense for how it will look. And that, folks, is how you compensate for camera shake and sharpen an image in one pass, using the emboss filter.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 29m 46s
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    3. Using Content-Aware Patch
      5m 42s
    4. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      2m 5s
    5. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      3m 9s
    6. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    7. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    8. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    9. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      5m 58s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 10s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 7s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 36s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 32s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 57m 13s
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting paths and isolating layers
      4m 11s
    6. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      5m 59s
    7. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      5m 50s
    8. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    9. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    10. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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