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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here I want to take a look at how we can sharpen a portrait. Let's go ahead and navigate to the Detail panel. You can do so by clicking on the Tab here, or by pressing the shortcut key. On a Mac Command+Option+3; on Windows Control+ Alt+3. Next, we need to zoom in to 100%. We can do so by pressing Command+ Option on a Mac or Ctrl+Alt on Windows, and then pressing the 0 key. Next, we'll press the Spacebar key, and we'll click and drag to pan around this image, so we can view the important detail here in this photograph.
I am just going to zoom way in on the face here. When we look really close to the face of this high-resolution file, we can see that the face has a lot of different little teeny variants here in that skin. So one of the things that you typically want to do when sharpening a portrait is that you want to have a real low amount of sharpening that's distributed just to the edges, so here what we can do is go ahead and increase our Amount a little bit. Our Radius, we need to drop down. Our Detail, it has to be all the way down to 0. This is almost always the case with people photographs.
Let me show you what I mean. If I have a high detailed Amount, it's going to then exaggerate all of the variation that we have in skin. We don't want that. So we want to have a low detail Amount. Also want to have a moderately high Masking amount. Now in this case once we've dialed in low detail, medium level of masking, we can then go ahead and increase our Amount a little bit, and then just find just the right amount of the Radius. All right. Well, let's take a look at our before and after. Here we have it, before and then after. Subtle, yet significant sharpening. We see nice detail in the eyes, nice detail on the beard here and the face.
Again, our before and after. It looks crisp, looks sharp. It's going to print really well. We are not exaggerating anything in a negative way. I'll zoom out just a little bit more to take a look at that, this view here, again, before and after. And at this view, and also the other one, I think I can take my Amount up a touch more here to even make that better. Again, our before and after, and then zooming into 100%, here we have it, before and then after.
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