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Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures

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Video: Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures

So far, we've seen in this chapter, that when it comes

Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures

So far, we've seen in this chapter, that when it comes to working with the detail panel, there are some common rules. And some of those rules are to make sure that you aren't over-sharpening small details or that you're using a lower radius amount. And that you really use your luminance noise slider to get rid of any luminance or brightness value noise. Well in this movie, what we're going to do is break the rules. And we're going to break those rules intentionally, in order to sharpen some nice texture and detail.

And here I want to look at an example and show you some example settings that you might apply when your interested in bringing out more texture or detail in your photographs. We'll work with this image that I captured of a Monarch butterfly wing. I looked out my kitchen window and saw a Monarch butterfly had just hatched and I quickly captured this photograph. And if we zoom in on the image into the wing here, we'll see that we have some nice texture and detail. Well to bring that out, let's first begin with our noise reduction sliders.

the first one is luminance noise reduction. Typically we apply this pretty liberally. We crank this up and we bring it up in order to get rid of any luminance noise artifacting. If we bring this one up here, what we do is we loose or diminish all of the beautiful texture in the image. So, here we need to use it much more sparingly. We will need to bring it up, but we'll bring it up to a low amount and then we'll bring the detail slider up even higher to make sure we still have nice little details in the texture.

Then, the contrast slider we'll bring up as well to add a little bit of shade to that area. Now this is much different or these are much different amounts than we would typically apply but these are the type of amounts you'll probably want to apply when you're working on sharpening and when you're working on a photograph with nice details that you want to bring out. Alright, what about color noise reduction. I think the default settings actually look pretty good, I'll just bring this up a little bit higher to get rid of a few color issues I'm noticing. Next, to our sharpening controls.

Here we'll bring up the amount to apply some nice sharpening everywhere and then we'll go down to radius. Typically in most of my workflow scenarios I leave the radius where it is. but not with this photograph. If you hold down the Option key on Mac, Alt on Windows, and then click and drag the radius slider, take a look at the difference. And look at the difference of the texture, not just the edges, but also all of the little bits of texture that we have there. What this is showing me is that I want to bring this up. And I'm going to bring it up to a pretty high amount.

You know, most images I would be uncomfortable having a radius that was this high and an amount which was this high as well. When it comes though to having a, texture in a photograph this is exactly where we want it. For the detail slider, typically we have a low detail amount to make sure we aren't sharpening little teeny details, especially with Portrait. But with this image, we want to bring those out. So, again we're going to crank this up to really bring out some nice details there. Last but not least, we have the masking slider. The Masking slider we're going to leave at a default setting of zero.

We don't want to mask out any areas. In other words, if I hold down the Option key on a mac and Alt on windows and bring this up, you can see that if I were to add masking, well it would mask away the sharpening from the areas of the wing where we have the nice texture, so we're going to leave that at zero. Then we can click on the toggle switch to look at the before and then the after, and what we should see is that this is helping us to really bring out and exaggerate and sharpen in an effective way some of the texture and details that we have in the photograph.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

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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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