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Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter

From: Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

Video: Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter

In this movie, I want to highlight another Well, the area that I want to affect is this middle area of the image.

Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter

In this movie, I want to highlight another great way that you can selectively sharpen And improve the details in your photographs, when you're interested in working on a larger area. We'll be working with this photograph here that I captured of this really interesting and fun tavern/restaurant which is located up in the mountains, just outside of the town where I live, Santa Barbara, California. And with this photograph, I was just walking by and I quickly composed the frame. And if we zoom into the image, into this area here, which we can do so by pressing Cmd+plus on a Mac or Ctrl+plus on Windows, and if we zoom in all the way to 100%, you can tell you're at 100% percent by looking at this view here.

What we'll see is that the image is a little bit, soft. It was a lower light scenario. I wasn't using a tripod. It needs a little bit of work. Well, rather than sharpening up everything, I just want to sharpen a large central area of the photograph. Let me zoom out to show you what that means, or what I'm talking about. Here, I'll press Command+Minus a few times, that's on a Mac, Ctrl+Minus a few times on Windows. Well, the area that I want to affect is this middle area of the image.

To have this fit in view, I'll double click the hand tool. That's an easy way to go to a zoom rate where you can see the whole image. I just want to sharpen up this part of the photograph. I also want to increase the color temperature. And then, perhaps add some contrast, and a few other adjustments as well. I really want to draw the viewer into this area here. Well, rather than using, say, the adjustment brush, and panting this in. It would be, too painstaking. What we can do, is use what's called the radial filter. This is a great tool.

You can select the tool by tapping the j key, or. Or by clicking on the radio filter icon. Like with some of our other tools, we have a number of different controls. Let's click on the plus icon for sharpness, to reset everything else to the default setting. Then, let's increase our sharpness. Let's also reduce a little bit of noise. Because we know that whenever we sharpen, we'll inadvertently and accidentally bring out some noise, so sometimes it's helpful to just drop that down a touch. Then, let's go back to the top.

What else do we want to do here? You know, when you focus in on details, obviously you'll, you'll have some idea," I want to sharpen that up." But, Why not make some other adjustments as well? Why not increase the color temperature? Let's do that by dragging this slider to the right. Why not brighten up the image a little bit? And here, let's drag this one over as well. Then we'll add a touch of contrast, dropping down the clarity and saturation. Let's add a little clarity. Let's add some saturation. Let's have some fun with improving this photograph.

Once we've made those selections for how we want to adjust and improve the image, the next step, is to go down to this area, where we have a few controls which allow us to affect the inside or the outside of our shape. It also allows us to control some of our edge detail with this feather amount. In order to really understand feather, what I'm going to do is exaggerate my exposure for a minute. I'm going to bring this way up. Now this is going to look a little bit horrible. But it will help us learn how these other controls work. We'll bring these back down in just a minute.

Here, if we position our cursor over the image, and then click and drag, what we'll see is that we have an effect, which is showing up inside of this shape. We can move the shape by simply clicking and dragging. So it's almost like I have a flash light, and I'm illuminating different parts of the photograph. And currently, the area that's affected is the area inside of our overlay graphic. If we want the opposite, we'll just click on this check box and you can see how it's effecting everything else except for the inner area. Now, another thing that's interesting about this, is how we can control the transition area.

Notice how it's a really soft transition from the brightness, to the original tonality that we have. Well if we want a harsher or a more defined edge, we can simply reduce the feather amount. If we bring this all the way down to 0, it will be an incredibly hard edge. You can see the edge, when you turn off the Overlay view. Take a look at that. It is exact. Yet, as we increase the feather, it looks more natural and realistic and soft. So sometimes you'll need to turn off that overlay, in order to be able to evaluate what you're doing.

Other times, you'll want the overlay there, because it gives you the ability to change the shape. Notice that as I get close to the edge, my cursor changes? And I can click and drag this out. Here I want to make this taller, as well. And then reposition which part of the photograph I'm effecting. What I want to do is draw people into this restaurant. Now, the exposure is too high, it's over exposed, so let's drop that down. Yet I'm hoping that, that exaggeration helped you really understand how the feather worked, and inside outside worked as well. Okay.

Well, I think right there is kind of fun. Now we're warming this part of the image up. We're bringing in a little bit of visual interest to the photograph. We want to see the before and after, so we can click on the preview check box. Here's the before Then here's the after. We also need to define how much sharpening we're going to apply, because remember, we just guessed at our sharpness and our noise reduction amounts. So let's zoom in. Press Cmd+ on a Mac, Ctrl+ on Windows. Zoom in all the way to 100%.

Once you're there, what we'll need to do, is to take a look at the detail, and the structure, of the file. When we look at the detail that we have here, we can use this slider to say, well, here was without any sharpness, or without any noise reduction. It's a little bit soft and lacking. Yet as I increase this, it's starting to add good detail and definition. Brings out a little bit too much noise, so I'm going to reduce that there, and also reduce the sharpness as well. So as you make these adjustments, you will need to zoom in and out to evaluate different things.

Once you've dialed in just the right amount for your sharpness and noise reduction, you can zoom back out by pressing Cmd+- on a Mac, or Ctrl+- on Windows. Or you can also double-click the Hand tool, which will take you to a Fit in View mode. Now when you select another tool, what you'll do is deactivate the radio filter. Notice that I've now selected the hand tool, and all the controls for the radio filter are hidden. If you need to go back there, just click on the icon for the tool.

And then select the adjustment in this case this one here. And then you can obviously make any needed adjustments to that area. And as with all things in camera raw, you can always go back and change your mind, or modify the way that you're adjusting the image. Here perhaps we'll make that a little bigger, and then a touch darker as well. I don't think we need to brighten that up quite so much. We maybe want to brighten up our shadows, though. That looks kind of fun. Alright, well, there it is. A look at how we can use the radio filter. Here is the before, and then now, the after.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

67 video lessons · 4650 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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