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In the previous movie, we learned a little bit about how Smart Sharpen actually works, and in this movie, we are going to apply what we know to a practical situation. Well, you have this wonderful portrait of my daughter Annika. What I want to do is print this out as a 4x6. So the first thing that you need to do before you can sharpen your file is resize it. In this case, we'll go to Image and then choose Image Size. Now, currently it's a 5x7, so I'll change this to a 4x6. Now, when I do that, I don't have enough Height. So I'll change my Height to 6. Now, when I do that I have too much Width. Well, what do I need to do? Well I need to size it down as close as I can and click OK. Make sure Bicubic Sharper (best for reduction) is on.
Now, that I have sized it down, I'll then grab the Crop tool, and here I'm going to enter a Width of 4 inches and a Height of 6 inches, and Resolution 300 there. And if those numbers aren't there for you, you can go ahead and enter them. You can also select this option from the pulldown menu, there it is, 4x6 inch crop at 300 pixels per inch. All right. Next, we are going to click-and-drag the Crop tool across this image, and then we are going to reposition this crop to compose that. Press Enter or Return to apply that. Great, so far so good. We have now resized the image.
Now, the next step that we need to take is to double-click the Zoom tool to look at the detail that we have. Press the Spacebar tool to move around the image. Now, as I do that, I say okay, well thankfully I have enough detail on the face. The near eye is in focus. So what that means is when you are taking a picture of someone, you will always want the eye that's closest to the camera to be the eye that's most in focus. Now, this eye isn't quite sharp enough over here. I have lots of other sharpness on the face, the ear is out of focus, really shallow depth of field here. So I'm going to have to do some unique sharpening.
Now, in order to use Smart Sharpen effectively, what I want to do is I want to convert this layer to a Smart Object. So let's go ahead and do that. We are going to go to our layer. Right-click or Ctrl-click, choose Convert to Smart Object and then double-click the name here, and we'll give this new layer a name of annika. And the reason that I want to sharpen as a Smart Filter is because it gives me extra flexibility. Let me show you what I mean. We'll navigate to our Filter pulldown menu, choose Sharpen and then Smart Sharpen. Now, when I do that, this opens up the Smart Sharpen dialog window.
I'm going to go ahead and increase my Radius and my Amount to a point where the image looks horrible. That is not good sharpening. But I'm doing this to illustrate a point. We'll click OK to apply that. Now, here you can see I have this Smart Filter icons. Double-click Smart Sharpen. Well, I can lower the Radius, dial that back in, bring back my Amount. Click OK. I can also double-click the icon to open up my Blending Mode option or lower my Opacity, to find the sweet spot for this particular degree of sharpening. Click OK to apply that. I also have a built-in mask. So I can mask-off particular areas in my photograph as we are going to need to do with this particular image. Okay, well now that we have set this up as a Smart Filter. I'm going to go ahead and double-click the option for my blend mode. Bring my Opacity all the way up.
I will then double-click the Smart Sharpen filter, and pull up this dialog here. And what I want to do is position this and then press the Spacebar, move the image in the background, and position this dialog, so I get the best of both worlds, right? I have a really large preview, the preview here, as well as, the preview in the background. All right, we are all set to sharpen this image, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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