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Sharpening pt. 1: Using Smart Filters

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

Video: Sharpening pt. 1: Using Smart Filters

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.

Sharpening pt. 1: Using Smart Filters

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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  1. 4m 20s
    1. Welcome
      3m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      57s
  2. 12m 3s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 32s
    2. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 49s
    3. Calibrating your monitor
      3m 54s
    4. Calibration demo
      2m 48s
  3. 31m 39s
    1. Correcting color pt. 1: Determining the white and black points
      2m 27s
    2. Correcting color pt. 2: Using curves
      4m 15s
    3. Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning
      3m 14s
    4. Correcting color pt. 4: Adding finishing touches
      4m 35s
    5. Color-correcting an outdoor portrait with curves
      2m 41s
    6. Color-correcting skin tone by the numbers
      2m 36s
    7. Applying skin tone color correction by the numbers
      3m 52s
    8. Correcting reflected color
      2m 25s
    9. Color-correcting a studio fashion portrait
      3m 18s
    10. Color-correcting skin in a natural light portrait
      2m 16s
  4. 40m 52s
    1. Camera Raw input sharpening
      4m 14s
    2. Sharpening with Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      4m 57s
    4. Sharpening pt. 1: Using Smart Filters
      3m 15s
    5. Sharpening pt: 2: Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    6. Sharpening and blend modes
      2m 46s
    7. Using Unsharp Mask
      5m 41s
    8. Using High Pass to sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Adding texture and effects with High Pass
      5m 26s
  5. 19m 25s
    1. Business card resources
      4m 11s
    2. Using a business card template
      1m 22s
    3. Designing the front of a business card
      5m 7s
    4. Designing the back of a business card
      5m 17s
    5. Repurposing a business card for others
      1m 26s
    6. Business card examples
      2m 2s
  6. 32m 11s
    1. Typography resources sites
      3m 32s
    2. Tips and shortcuts for working with type
      4m 7s
    3. Promo card inspiration and resources
      3m 26s
    4. Using a template to build a promo
      2m 19s
    5. Customizing the template
      5m 1s
    6. Building a grid-based promo card
      7m 29s
    7. Resources for creating a photo book
      3m 22s
    8. Photo book examples
      2m 55s
  7. 53m 53s
    1. Creating a PDF layout with the Output module
      6m 35s
    2. Creating a layout pt. 1: Using the Output module to create a rough layout
      3m 24s
    3. Creating a layout pt. 2: Customizing a PDF layout in Photoshop
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a three-image layout in Photoshop
      2m 50s
    5. Creating a grid photo montage
      5m 23s
    6. Building a creative layout pt. 1
      4m 24s
    7. Building a creative layout pt. 2
      8m 6s
    8. Multiple-image layout pt. 1: Using Bridge and Photoshop
      3m 59s
    9. Multiple-image layout pt. 2: Masking and resizing photos
      6m 19s
    10. Multiple-image layout pt. 3: Finalizing the layout
      2m 39s
    11. Multiple-image layout pt. 4: Color and sharpening
      5m 13s
  8. 13m 34s
    1. Printer recommendations
      2m 47s
    2. Paper recommendations
      1m 50s
    3. Paper resources
      3m 27s
    4. Printing recommendations overview
      5m 30s
  9. 15m 46s
    1. Color management refresher
      1m 53s
    2. Finding sample files online for test printing
      3m 0s
    3. Soft-proofing with paper profiles
      1m 49s
    4. Soft-proofing to correct an image
      2m 52s
    5. Setting white and black points based on the test print
      6m 12s
  10. 34m 0s
    1. Starting with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    2. Resizing in Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. Setting the white and black points
      2m 17s
    4. Checking skin tone
      3m 48s
    5. Sharpening with Smart Sharpen
      3m 55s
    6. Making soft proof corrections
      2m 54s
    7. Introducing the Photoshop Print dialog
      2m 44s
    8. Color management and the Photoshop Print dialog
      3m 32s
    9. Final Print dialog settings
      2m 33s
    10. The final print
      4m 5s
  11. 23m 7s
    1. Setting up a test strip print
      2m 32s
    2. Modifying the test strip print
      5m 30s
    3. Understanding rendering intents
      2m 20s
    4. Test-printing rendering intents
      2m 35s
    5. Batch-processing with actions
      5m 50s
    6. The image processor
      4m 20s
  12. 23m 55s
    1. Overview and intro
      4m 45s
    2. Using a promo card template
      2m 47s
    3. Converting to CMYK
      7m 36s
    4. Field trip to a printing press
      8m 47s
  13. 6m 36s
    1. Resource sites
      2m 0s
    2. What's next
      2m 51s
    3. Goodbye
      1m 45s

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