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Sharpening eyes in a portrait

From: Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

Video: Sharpening eyes in a portrait

In this movie, I want to cover a really specific example of how we

Sharpening eyes in a portrait

In this movie, I want to cover a really specific example of how we can use the adjustment brush in order to improve a small area of a photograph. Here we'll look at how we can sharpen and add a bit of sparkle and color to the eyes. Let's zoom in on one of the eyes in the photograph. To do so, double click your Zoom tool, which will take the view to 100%. Then press the space bar key and click and drag to re-position the view, or the area that you're looking at. When we get up close to this portrait, I notice that the eye is a little bit soft.

So I want to paint in a little bit of sparkle, or snap, or contrast, or visual interest to this part of the photograph. To do so, let's select the Adjustment Brush tool, which is located right here. Then over in our Adjustment Brush settings, click on the plus icon for Sharpness. Then let's drag this over even further. Let's also reduce a little bit of Noise. And then we'll add some Saturation, little bit of Clarity, we'll add some nice mid-tone contrast, and then some Contrast as well.

Whenever we're sharpening or improving details, we know that we can do so by using various sliders. And often it's a combination of sliders together, which helps us accomplish the best results. As I mentioned as well, while I'm working on the Sharpness I'm also going to change the color. So in the Temperature slider, let's drag that one to the left here as well, alright? After we've dialed these settings in which was a reduced Temperature amount, increased Contrast, increased Clarity and Saturation, then an increase in Sharpness and a decrease in Noise, we want to scroll down to the area where we can choose our brush size.

If you position your cursor over the image, and if you notice your brush is just a little bit too big or too small, you can use the bracket keys to change the Brush size. Or you can also just use the slider right here. Once you've entered into this field, you notice that there's a Brush number which is highlighted there. What we can do is we can actually position our cursor over the image and we can type in a number like the number five and it will change the brush size to that value. Or, as I talked about before, we can use those bracket keys.

Right bracket key is bigger. Left bracket key is smaller. Well, here we want a pretty small brush, so I'll go down to a brush size, maybe of about six. Now what about the Feather amount? Let's bring this up. We want to have pretty soft edges here. That will create a nice transition yet we want them to be, not so soft that it's going to spill over into other areas. So as I position the brush over that, I'm realizing that probably a lower amount will work well. For the Flow, we'll drop this down closer to 50. Alright? Let's turn off Auto Mask because here it won't really help, rather we want to just use a small brush and get specific that way.

And then, I don't think we need to turn on Show Mask either, because we have enough adjustment here in regards to our Color Contrast and Sharpness, etc, that we'll be able to see what we're doing. So go ahead and just start to paint over the photograph, and you can see that really quickly, we're building up this effect. In order to get to the top part of the area of the eye, I need a smaller brush, so I'll tap the left bracket key, and then I'll just paint over this part of the image. I'm going to tap the left bracket key to go even smaller, and I'm going to go around the outer edge to kind of strengthen that.

It's a trick that retouchers often use to add a little bit more visual interest to the eye to strengthen the, that sort of outer shadow along the perimeter of the eye. With a few, simple brush strokes, I think we're really improving this part of the picture. If you click on the Preview check box, you can see there is Before, click again and we have After. Looks like we could us a little bit more Sharpness, so increase that. We added some nice sparkle and detail and color to that part of the eye. I'm loving it! Next, press the space bar key, click and drag over to the other eye and with the same, exact brush and the same exact settings, what we'll do is go ahead and paint over this part of the photograph.

I'm going to, first, work on the outer edge because my brush is nice and small there. Just add some definition. Then I'll type the right bracket key to make the brush bigger. This will help us to have a little bit more smoother transition throughout the photograph, and so that this improvement has a nice softness around the outer edge. And what you can do in this way is obviously sort of stack up the brush effect result. The more you paint in one area, the more of the effect to that part of the photograph.

If we click on the check box we can see that Before and After. Then if we zoom out here by pressing Cmmd minus on a Mac or Ctrl minus on Windows, what we can do is take a look at how this appears in the overall composition. That pin there is really distracting, right on the eye so, let's click on the check box to hide the pin, and then look at our preview. And here it is, our Before, and then now the After. Let me zoom in closer so that you can see that a little bit better there.

Here it is, our before and then now, the after.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

67 video lessons · 4227 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Raw sharpening in Lightroom or Camera Raw?
      3m 56s
    3. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 44m 15s
    1. Lighroom sharpening workflow first steps
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding how the Lightroom Detail controls work
      5m 36s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      5m 47s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      9m 13s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      7m 12s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 49s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      7m 3s
  3. 53m 3s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      10m 19s
    2. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      4m 15s
    3. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      7m 36s
    4. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      6m 44s
    5. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      6m 50s
    6. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      7m 35s
    7. Creating custom presets
      6m 2s
    8. Sharing and installing presets
      3m 42s
  4. 40m 40s
    1. Camera Raw sharpening workflow: First steps
      3m 28s
    2. Understanding how the Camera Raw Detail controls work
      5m 46s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      4m 40s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      7m 28s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      6m 6s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 48s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      9m 24s
  5. 53m 40s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 16s
    2. Working with the Auto Mask option in the Adjustment Brush
      5m 6s
    3. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      8m 30s
    4. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      5m 45s
    5. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      5m 15s
    6. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      7m 4s
    7. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      4m 34s
    8. Further refinements with the Graduated filter
      4m 30s
    9. Creating custom presets
      5m 40s
  6. 49m 5s
    1. Resizing before you sharpen
      4m 37s
    2. Using Unsharp Mask
      8m 21s
    3. Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    4. Demonstrating how Smart Sharpen works
      4m 23s
    5. Fine-tuning Smart Sharpen with advanced controls
      5m 39s
    6. Applying blending modes to avoid color problems
      5m 9s
    7. Putting it all together: Workflow part one
      5m 57s
    8. Putting it all together: Workflow part two
      6m 42s
    9. A conversation about sharpening controls
      2m 12s
  7. 49m 34s
    1. Applying Camera Raw sharpening as a filter
      4m 41s
    2. Using smart filtering for increased flexibility
      5m 50s
    3. Smart filtering and masking
      4m 54s
    4. Selective sharpening with a hand-painted mask
      6m 0s
    5. Selective sharpening: Advanced shortcut tips
      6m 31s
    6. Using Quick Select and masking to sharpen selectively
      8m 20s
    7. How to sharpen a layered document
      3m 41s
    8. Fixing a blurry photograph with Shake Reduction
      4m 40s
    9. Shake Reduction: Advanced controls
      4m 57s
  8. 32m 47s
    1. High-pass sharpening essentials
      5m 55s
    2. Smart filter high-pass sharpening
      4m 2s
    3. Smart filter high-pass sharpening continued
      5m 50s
    4. Edge sharpening: Building an alpha channel
      4m 52s
    5. Edge sharpening: Creating the mask
      5m 3s
    6. Using Smart Sharpen in an unlikely way for midtone contrast
      7m 5s
  9. 10m 59s
    1. Recording a sharpening action
      6m 11s
    2. Playing the action for a single file
      2m 18s
    3. Batch sharpening multiple files
      2m 30s
  10. 28m 48s
    1. Sharpening and saving from Camera Raw
      6m 51s
    2. Sharpening and exporting from Camera Raw
      3m 44s
    3. Output sharpening from Lightroom
      5m 26s
    4. Final output sharpening from Photoshop for print
      7m 17s
    5. Photoshop sharpening for web, mobile, and displays
      5m 30s
  11. 31s
    1. Next steps
      31s

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