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Smart Sharpen in action

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>> Male Speaker: Let's take a look at Smart Sharpen in action. Back to the disney_concert_hall image. And I'll click on this layer and navigate to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen. Okay, let's take a look at what happens here. I'm going to reset all these settings. Okay, let's that a look at how this works. We're clicking on the Advanced tab because we'll be using that from now on. I'm going to increase the Amount and the Radius in a way that's exaggerated.

Smart Sharpen in action

>> Male Speaker: Let's take a look at Smart Sharpen in action. Back to the disney_concert_hall image. And I'll click on this layer and navigate to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen. Okay, let's take a look at what happens here. I'm going to reset all these settings. Okay, let's that a look at how this works. We're clicking on the Advanced tab because we'll be using that from now on. I'm going to increase the Amount and the Radius in a way that's exaggerated.

We wouldn't typically have a Radius this high. Typically the Radius is going to be pretty low, and we want to make sure we're on Lens Blur. And so, with an exaggerated Radius, we see the dreaded halo. How then can we get rid of that? Let's go to the Shadow tab and watch as we increase the Fade Amount, Tonal Width, and then Radius, or reach. Look at what happened in this part of the image, the sharpening there when I increased the Tonal Width. I'm fading that amount right off.

I'm able to reel it in, and I'm able to reel it in with a combination of those sliders. Let's go to the Highlights tab. Look at the highlight. The halo we have here again, watch as we increase our Amount and then our Tonal Width and then our Radius. What we're able to do here is essentially reel that in or remove that. Bring that way back, and we're able to do that because we now have access to the Shadow and Highlight tab inside of Smart Sharpen. So they combined a couple of things here for us.

And it works really well. Let's work on an image. We're going to go ahead and open up the image peppers.psd. And copy the layer, Command+J, name the layer "smart_sharpen". Navigate to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen. And what you want to do when you're sharpening is typically bring things back to normal and start from scratch.

We're on the Advanced tab. We have an amount. We're going to increase our Amount to approximately 100. And then bring up the Radius. And we're going to exaggerate the Radius until we see the image start to fall apart and then bring it underneath that. A little bit like tuning a guitar, right, go back and forth. Now some of us may be thinking when do we use the More Accurate button. Well let's take a look at the image. Exaggerate it for a second. Notice the artifact that I have here in this image, the pixelization I can see due to the sharpening.

When I check More Accurate, that's exaggerated. Very interesting. So what this means is that more details will be sharpened, which sometimes is helpful. If the image was captured in really good lighting, and the quality is there, definitely More Accurate will be better. With this lower and More Accurate on, we're not going to see the noise exaggerated as much. We will see those lines defined a little bit better. Let's go back to 100 percent. And then you'll want to make an evaluation on your computer how that more accurate does.

But it will give you stronger lines. But beware; it can also exaggerate noise or cause pixelization, posterization, and those types of effects. Once we've done that, we want to go to the Shadow tab and dial in the Fade Amount, Tonal Width, and Radius. And typically these travel together. Take the fade up first, then the highlight, very similar thing in this image. There's isn't a great need for any of these. We'll go ahead and click on the image. That will give us our before and then after.

I think I need to remove a little bit more of the highlight, so I'm going to increase the Radius and then click on the image before and after. I'm seeing some haloing in there. And the shadows as well. Click OK and then let's look at our before and after. It does a really amazing job of sharpening. I tend to like to go a little bit higher than I would be comfortable with because I know that I'm going to back it off.

And we don't have the same need to use the blend mode of Luminosity. Because that's now built into Smart Sharpen. Remember in Unsharp Mask I said you want to take the layer to a blend mode of Luminosity. It's now built in, yet it's not quite as effective as the blend mode of Luminosity. And let me show you why. So I have exaggerated the sharpening like mad, and we see color artifacts there, right? So if I take this to Luminosity, it's going to fix that.

Of course my color now looks pretty crazy because of the way that I sharpened the image. But at least that's not going to have those color artifacts. So you will hear some people out there say, don't worry about taking your layer to a blend mode of Luminosity. It's now built into Smart Sharpen. And that is true except it doesn't do as good of a job as Luminosity. So I still use it. I think it's a great technique to have, and it's a wonderful way to be able to sharpen your images and not exaggerate noise.

More on Smart Sharpening in the next movie.

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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2

209 video lessons · 19714 viewers

Chris Orwig

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  1. 32m 43s
    1. Welcome
    2. Opening words
      1m 56s
    3. General tips 1
      2m 5s
    4. General tips 2
      4m 47s
    5. General tips 3
      3m 6s
    6. The interface
      3m 27s
    7. Custom menus and shortcuts
      3m 3s
    8. Photoshop preferences 1
      6m 24s
    9. Photoshop preferences 2
      4m 35s
    10. Color settings
      2m 51s
  2. 24m 36s
    1. Bit depth 101
      6m 43s
    2. Intro to image size
      2m 37s
    3. Image size 1 - resize
      6m 10s
    4. Image size 2 - crop
      5m 5s
    5. Image size 3 - scans
      4m 1s
  3. 16m 59s
    1. Intro to color management
      2m 53s
    2. Hardware considerations
      6m 19s
    3. Monitor calibration
      4m 15s
    4. Color settings
      3m 32s
  4. 48m 58s
    1. Bridge 101
      3m 26s
    2. Bridge preferences 1
      4m 2s
    3. Bridge preferences 2
      3m 41s
    4. Bridge preferences 3
      3m 53s
    5. Using the Bridge 1
      3m 12s
    6. Using the Bridge 2
      2m 30s
    7. Using the Bridge 3
      1m 52s
    8. Using the Bridge 4
      5m 35s
    9. Using the Bridge 5
      4m 6s
    10. Bridge slideshow
      5m 49s
    11. Metadata and collections
      3m 50s
    12. Metadata template
      2m 33s
    13. Batch processing with Image Processor
      4m 29s
  5. 1h 14m
    1. Creative tip: Gear
      3m 8s
    2. Camera RAW 101
      6m 8s
    3. Camera RAW preferences
      3m 21s
    4. Camera RAW workflow 1
      2m 24s
    5. Camera RAW workflow 2
      2m 21s
    6. Camera RAW workflow 3
      4m 44s
    7. Camera RAW workflow 4
      4m 43s
    8. Camera RAW workflow 5
      5m 18s
    9. Camera RAW workflow 6
      6m 31s
    10. Camera RAW workflow 7
      5m 44s
    11. RAW resizing
      2m 51s
    12. DNG overview
      5m 2s
    13. DNG conversion
      2m 55s
    14. Black and white 1
      6m 6s
    15. Black and white 2
      5m 3s
    16. Creative color 1
      3m 48s
    17. Creative color 2
      4m 38s
  6. 28m 5s
    1. Overview
      6m 56s
    2. Linking and groups
      3m 28s
    3. Alignment
      2m 1s
    4. Layer order and Clipping Masks
      5m 37s
    5. Layer style effects
      6m 22s
    6. History
      3m 41s
  7. 35m 29s
    1. Intro to masking
      4m 57s
    2. Using masking
      4m 56s
    3. Masking and color
      5m 47s
    4. Modifying color/tone
      5m 5s
    5. Quick mask and more
      6m 4s
    6. Custom borders 1
      3m 5s
    7. Custom borders 2
      5m 35s
  8. 24m 29s
    1. Creative tip: Kitchen
      2m 45s
    2. Replacing color
      2m 52s
    3. Magic Wand
      4m 21s
    4. More on color
      4m 8s
    5. Intro to paths
      3m 31s
    6. Creating and using paths
      6m 52s
  9. 11m 36s
    1. Understanding levels
      2m 51s
    2. Enhancing with levels 1
      4m 8s
    3. Enhancing with levels 2
      4m 37s
  10. 24m 34s
    1. Demystifying curves
      3m 47s
    2. Getting to know curves
      7m 40s
    3. Enhancing color and tone 1
      4m 53s
    4. Enhancing color and tone 2
      4m 57s
    5. Curves and actions
      3m 17s
  11. 23m 12s
    1. Creative tip: Dead Sea
      5m 9s
    2. Understanding blend modes
      7m 28s
    3. Using blend modes 2
      3m 33s
    4. Using blend modes 1
      3m 0s
    5. Using blend modes 3
      4m 2s
  12. 37m 32s
    1. Removing redeye
      1m 22s
    2. Fixing color with levels/curves 1
      4m 58s
    3. Fixing color with levels/curves 2
      3m 57s
    4. Color correction with a color chart
      3m 8s
    5. Skin by the numbers 1
      4m 10s
    6. Skin by the numbers 2
      3m 1s
    7. Skin by the numbers 3
      4m 20s
    8. Skin by the numbers 4
      1m 35s
    9. Advanced color correction 1
      11m 1s
  13. 30m 32s
    1. Enhancing color 1
      3m 12s
    2. Enhancing color 2
      4m 18s
    3. Enhancing color 3
      5m 12s
    4. Cross-processing with curves 1
      3m 12s
    5. Cross-processing with curves 2
      2m 35s
    6. Advanced saturation with Lab
      3m 59s
    7. Non-destructive burning/dodging 1
      2m 39s
    8. Non-destructive burning/dodging 2
      2m 20s
    9. Non-destructive burning/dodging 3
      3m 5s
  14. 10m 49s
    1. Creative tip: Disney
      2m 40s
    2. Black and white conversion 1
      3m 0s
    3. Black and white conversion 2
      5m 9s
  15. 3h 25m
    1. The art of retouching
      2m 24s
    2. Nature 1
      3m 9s
    3. Nature 2
      4m 17s
    4. Nature 3
      4m 27s
    5. Nature 4
      4m 43s
    6. Restoration 1
      2m 27s
    7. Restoration 2
      2m 59s
    8. Restoration 3
      2m 12s
    9. Restoration 4
      4m 26s
    10. Restoration 5
      4m 31s
    11. People - cleaning up
      5m 6s
    12. People - removing distractions
      3m 56s
    13. Architecture - cleaning up and coloring
      4m 14s
    14. People - skin and flyaways
      5m 5s
    15. People - reducing wrinkles 1
      3m 36s
    16. People - reducing wrinkles 2
      4m 53s
    17. People - whitening teeth 1
      5m 3s
    18. People - whitening teeth 2
      3m 31s
    19. People - enhancing eyes 1
      3m 28s
    20. People - enhancing eyes 2
      3m 2s
    21. People - enhancing eyes 3
      4m 4s
    22. People - enhancing eyes, skin and lips
      6m 46s
    23. People - working with highlights
      3m 42s
    24. People - enhancing eyes and eyelashes
      9m 36s
    25. People - working with light
      4m 7s
    26. People - enhancing eyebrows and lips
      7m 53s
    27. People - enhancing eyes, tone and color
      8m 33s
    28. Fashion retouching 1
      4m 41s
    29. Fashion retouching 2
      2m 41s
    30. Fashion retouching 3
      10m 1s
    31. People - enhancing skin 1
      9m 59s
    32. People - enhancing skin 2
      6m 19s
    33. Fashion retouching workflow 1
      8m 59s
    34. Fashion retouching workflow 2
      4m 26s
    35. Fashion retouching workflow 3
      3m 6s
    36. Fashion retouching workflow 4
      4m 9s
    37. Fashion retouching workflow 5
      3m 10s
    38. Fashion retouching workflow 6
      1m 43s
    39. Fashion retouching workflow 7
      2m 12s
    40. Fashion retouching workflow 8
      7m 11s
    41. Fashion retouching workflow 9
      4m 47s
    42. Fashion retouching workflow 10
      4m 6s
    43. Fashion retouching workflow 11
      3m 41s
    44. Retouching tips
      1m 56s
  16. 28m 54s
    1. Understanding shadow/highlights
      1m 51s
    2. Using shadow/highlights 1
      3m 8s
    3. Using shadow/highlights 2
      5m 5s
    4. Multiple exposures in the wild
      7m 26s
    5. Multiple exposures in architecture 1
      1m 22s
    6. Multiple exposures in architecture 2
      2m 56s
    7. Multiple exposures in architecture 3
      4m 10s
    8. Multiple exposures in architecture 4
      2m 56s
  17. 10m 38s
    1. Creative tip: Inspiration
      4m 54s
    2. Lens Correction filter - architecture
      4m 21s
    3. Lens Correction filter - people
      1m 23s
  18. 12m 50s
    1. Dust removal 1
      5m 11s
    2. Dust removal 2
      3m 35s
    3. Dust removal 3
      4m 4s
  19. 10m 31s
    1. Noise Reduction filter
      5m 3s
    2. Surface Blur and Noise Reduction filters
      5m 28s
  20. 12m 6s
    1. Creative tip: Creative People
      1m 22s
    2. Deconstructing the Lens Blur
      6m 46s
    3. The Lens Blur in action
      3m 58s
  21. 1h 23m
    1. Warming filter
      2m 34s
    2. Coloring with curves
      2m 10s
    3. Coloring with curves, color balance and hue/saturation
      2m 6s
    4. Edgy color and tone 1
      4m 48s
    5. Edgy color and tone 2
      6m 19s
    6. Creative toning
      5m 18s
    7. Camera RAW color creativity 1
      3m 30s
    8. Camera RAW color creativity 2
      3m 48s
    9. Deconstructing the creative process
      7m 58s
    10. Illumination 1
      1m 59s
    11. Illumination 2
      2m 5s
    12. Illumination 3
      2m 35s
    13. Illumination 4
      3m 47s
    14. Fun with Motion Blur
      2m 35s
    15. Motion Blur - spinning and zooming
      4m 38s
    16. Motion Blur and masking
      4m 44s
    17. Creative perspective 1 - Annika
      4m 59s
    18. Creative perspective 2 - Baja beach
      4m 9s
    19. Creative perspective 3 - Baja boats
      4m 41s
    20. Creative style with Nik Color Effects 1
      4m 23s
    21. Creative style with Nik Color Effects 2
      3m 57s
  22. 29m 20s
    1. Understanding Unsharp Mask
      3m 4s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      3m 56s
    3. High pass sharpening
      3m 29s
    4. New - Smart Sharpen
      4m 35s
    5. Smart Sharpen in action
      5m 35s
    6. Smart Sharpen in action 2
      2m 29s
    7. Nik Sharpener Pro
      6m 12s
  23. 15m 40s
    1. Creative tip: Reading
      3m 30s
    2. Creating a panorama 1
      2m 28s
    3. Creating a panorama 2 - Alaska
      5m 11s
    4. Creating a panorama 3 - Alaska 2
      4m 31s
  24. 28m 7s
    1. Saving Web images 1
      5m 29s
    2. Saving Web images 2
      1m 30s
    3. Creating a PDF
      3m 33s
    4. Creating a Picture Package
      1m 55s
    5. Creating a Web gallery
      2m 43s
    6. Creating promo cards 1
      4m 17s
    7. Creating promo cards 2
      7m 7s
    8. Creating promo cards 3
      1m 33s
  25. 11m 56s
    1. Photoshop tools - ordering prints
      2m 55s
    2. Printing resources
      2m 44s
    3. Printing
      6m 17s
  26. 1m 14s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 14s

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