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Smart Sharpen's Remove settings

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I am still working inside the bigbrushstrokes.psd image that you will find inside the 11 sharpen folder. And you may recall in the previous exercise, I went ahead and applied the Unsharp Mask filter with an amount value of 200% and a radius value of 20 pixels to this upper-left hand brush strokes image. We just can't see the bottom to brush stroke images right now. And then, I turned around and applied the Smart Sharpen filter using the same amount and radius values with a remove settings of Gaussian Blur to this upper-right hand version of the brush strokes image, and we discovered that the two, our pixel for pixel identical, the two effects exactly match each other.

Smart Sharpen's Remove settings

I am still working inside the bigbrushstrokes.psd image that you will find inside the 11 sharpen folder. And you may recall in the previous exercise, I went ahead and applied the Unsharp Mask filter with an amount value of 200% and a radius value of 20 pixels to this upper-left hand brush strokes image. We just can't see the bottom to brush stroke images right now. And then, I turned around and applied the Smart Sharpen filter using the same amount and radius values with a remove settings of Gaussian Blur to this upper-right hand version of the brush strokes image, and we discovered that the two, our pixel for pixel identical, the two effects exactly match each other.

So, what's the big deal with the Smart Sharpen function? Well, it offers a lot more options including two other remove settings. Right now, we have remove set to Gaussian Blur but we can also set it to Lens Blur and to Motion Blur as well, and we should check that out. But first, I want to show you what's going on with my image and you should have an open on-screen if you have got access to it. Notice that there are these other two brush strokes down here that have not been modified and I call these guys Brush Strokes even though they are not really brush strokes, but they are thick lines that provide us with some edges here.

Notice that I have exactly aligned a size of my window so I can pop back up and down between these brush strokes so that when I pop up and down, they will exactly align with each other. And I am going to do that popping using the Home and End of keys. The Home key takes you to the upper-left corner of an image and the End key, and I am talking about those keys on the right-hand side of your keyboard, the End key takes you to the lower right hand corner of your image as it turns out. And you may say hey, Deke, why didn't you mention those keyboard shortcuts way back in the navigation section? Because you weren't ready for them.

Actually, that's a lie, I forgot. But, nevertheless, you weren't ready for them, now you are. Anyway, I have got to press the Home key again so we can see those, just see how they exactly align with each other. That's going to come in handy in just a moment. Now, I am going to press End in order to see the bottom two images. And yours may not exactly align, this is totally a function of having meticulously size of this window so this little trick is going to work. Alright, anyway, I am going to press the F7 key to bring up my Layers palette here and I am going to click on the Lens Blur item which selects the bottom up left hand image, and I will go ahead and press the F7 key to make that go away again and then I am going to press, because the last filter I chose was the Smart Sharpen filter, I am going to go ahead and press Ctrl+Alt+F or Command+Option+F on the Mac in order to bring back up the Smart Sharpen dialog box, complete with the last settings I applied.

And now, I am going to change the remove setting from Gaussian Blur to Lens Blur, and I invite you to do the same thing. Now, the idea here is Lens Blur is going to give us a different style of halo, did you see that, it's pretty different than Gaussian Blur. The Gaussian Blur halo is soft and very drifty, pretty big as it turns out, fills out a big area of radius. But the Lens Blur halo meanwhile is tighter as it turns out, it's more selective and it's designed to account better for images that have a little softness that were sharp with digital cameras.

So Gaussian Blur is a better choice if you have down sampled an image or if there is some softness associated with the scanner, so in other words, you scanned an image and it's a little soft because of your scanner hardware as opposed to the original image itself. And Gaussian Blur is a pretty good setting, but Lens Blur is much better where digital photographs are concerned and where sharp film scans are concerned as well. Anyway, I am going to go ahead and click on OK in order to accept that modification. Now, let's take advantage of that Home/End trick I was showing you.

This is the remove Gaussian Blur version of the image. It's actually the Unsharp Mask version but they are exactly the same. So it severs its purpose of comparison here. And I got to it by pressing the Home key of course. And if I press the End key, we will see the Lens Blur version. So this is Gaussian Blur, this is Lens Blur, this is the loosey-goosey Gaussian Blur here, very distributed. This is the much tighter, more focused if you will Lens Blur. Alright, now, let's check out the final option. I am going to press the F7 key to bring out the Layers palette once again.

Let's switch over to MO Blur, short for Motion Blur. Press F7 to make that palette go away, and I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+F in order to bring up the Smart Sharpen dialog box. Move that guy into the preview area so I can see what I am doing. Now, I am going to choose Motion Blur, and you will see a big difference this time. Notice that this is a directional haloing effect that we have right now and you can specify the angle if you want to. So for example, I could go ahead and raise that angle value to set it to let's say 45 degrees, so that we just have a nice diagonal halo going on here.

And so you can see we have got instead of tracing all the way around the circles for example with the dark halo and all the way inside with a light halo, we have basically what look like drop shadows, so we have got a dark drop shadow in one direction and the other direction as well inside the dark area of the image and inside the light area, we have a directional glow going on right there and right there as well. So, we get yet a tighter effect you will notice than we got with the Lens Blur and it's a directional effect as well, and it's designed for situations where you encounter camera shake essentially.

If you have got either a movement in your image or you move the camera, then you can use Motion Blur to account for that movement, and I will go ahead and click OK in order to accept the modification. You can of course compare these two guys side by side and I will go ahead and compare with the Home and End key, so I will compare this Motion Blur setting to the Gaussian Blur. This is Gaussian Blur right there and this is Motion Blur right there. Alright, so you can investigate more to your heart's content using this image if you enjoy this sort of analytical approach to your filters.

If not, if you prefer to see how the darn filter actually functions and how you use it on a regular basis, then join me in the next exercise.

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Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics

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Deke McClelland
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  1. 1h 15m
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics
      2m 5s
    2. Selecting glass and water
      5m 23s
    3. Establishing a base layer
      4m 0s
    4. The Color Range command
      6m 45s
    5. Selecting sparkles
      3m 19s
    6. Setting sparkles to Screen
      4m 19s
    7. Selecting and compositing hair
      2m 59s
    8. When Color Range falls short
      7m 25s
    9. Selecting a base channel
      4m 25s
    10. Enhancing the channel's contrast
      4m 4s
    11. Dodging the highlights
      5m 55s
    12. Putting the mask in play
      3m 20s
    13. Reducing the edge fringes
      4m 21s
    14. Adding a layer mask
      4m 53s
    15. Creating a gradient quick mask
      5m 26s
    16. Blurring the layer mask
      5m 51s
    17. And that's just the beginning...
      1m 15s
  2. 1h 13m
    1. Edge-enhancement parlor tricks
      1m 30s
    2. The subterfuge of sharpness
      3m 14s
    3. The single-shot sharpness
      3m 47s
    4. Unsharp Mask
      5m 17s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      4m 31s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 14s
    7. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 25s
    8. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      6m 23s
    10. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 4s
    11. Leave More Accurate off!
      2m 29s
    12. Turn More Accurate on
      2m 58s
    13. The Advanced options
      5m 17s
    14. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 18s
    15. Accounting for camera shake
      6m 0s
  3. 1h 24m
    1. Why the heck would you blur?
      1m 20s
    2. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      7m 16s
    3. The Linear Box Blur
      2m 58s
    4. Median and its badly named progeny
      6m 3s
    5. Surface Blur and the rest
      5m 36s
    6. The Motion Blur filter
      3m 2s
    7. The Radial Blur variations: Spin and Zoom
      5m 55s
    8. The Captain Kirk-in-love effect
      6m 50s
    9. Averaging skin tones
      6m 2s
    10. Addressing the stubborn patches
      6m 0s
    11. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      4m 8s
    12. Blurring surface details
      7m 2s
    13. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      7m 52s
    14. Reducing digital noise
      8m 22s
    15. Smoothing out JPEG artifacts
      6m 1s
  4. 45m 28s
    1. Behold, the layered composition
      1m 13s
    2. The Layers palette
      5m 8s
    3. Enlarging the hand
      4m 40s
    4. Erasing with a layer mask
      6m 28s
    5. Moving a layer
      4m 3s
    6. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      4m 42s
    7. Hair and stacking order
      6m 12s
    8. Adding a frame and expanding the canvas
      6m 2s
    9. Adding a vignette
      7m 0s
  5. 42m 27s
    1. Organization: It sounds dull, but it rocks
      1m 8s
    2. The terrible battle
      3m 3s
    3. Assembling the base composition
      5m 46s
    4. Adding adjustment layers
      4m 55s
    5. Creating a layer group
      2m 24s
    6. Grouping selected layers
      3m 13s
    7. Making the TV lines
      4m 17s
    8. Introducing layer comps
      5m 52s
    9. Saving your own layer comps
      6m 40s
    10. Final footnotes
      5m 9s
  6. 1h 23m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 4s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 44s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 35s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      5m 38s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      5m 52s
    7. The darkening modes
      6m 12s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with the Fill value
      3m 53s
    9. Saving a blended state
      2m 54s
    10. The lightening modes
      4m 55s
    11. The contrast modes
      7m 13s
    12. The comparative modes
      7m 25s
    13. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 2s
    14. The brush-only modes
      8m 11s
    15. Blending groups
      7m 10s
  7. 1h 27m
    1. At this point, there is a great shift...
      59s
    2. Messing with the masters
      2m 28s
    3. Scaling a layer to fit a composition
      6m 39s
    4. Merging clock face and cardinal
      2m 2s
    5. Rotating the minute hand
      7m 42s
    6. Replaying the last transformation
      3m 50s
    7. Second hand and shadows
      5m 0s
    8. Series duplication
      3m 23s
    9. Skews and perspective-style distortions
      6m 43s
    10. The envelope-style Warp function
      7m 32s
    11. Introducing the Liquify command
      5m 9s
    12. Adjusting the brush settings
      4m 2s
    13. Viewing layers and the mesh
      4m 18s
    14. Incrementally undoing undesirable effects
      4m 5s
    15. Twirl, pucker, and bloat
      2m 2s
    16. Push, mirror, and turbulence
      4m 37s
    17. Protecting regions with a mask
      3m 41s
    18. Applying a digital facelift
      10m 53s
    19. Saving and loading mesh settings
      2m 31s
  8. 1h 18m
    1. Planes and perspective
      1m 7s
    2. The Blue Gallery
      2m 47s
    3. Introducing Vanishing Point 2.0
      5m 30s
    4. Drawing out perpendicular planes
      6m 54s
    5. Exporting the gridlines to a layer
      4m 45s
    6. Cloning an image from one plane to another
      7m 58s
    7. Blending the image into its new home
      6m 31s
    8. Healing away the sockets
      7m 48s
    9. Importing a new image
      6m 20s
    10. Masking and shading the image
      7m 27s
    11. Flat in, perspective out
      5m 57s
    12. Adding perspective type
      4m 50s
    13. Swinging planes to custom angles
      6m 2s
    14. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      4m 35s
  9. 1h 15m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
      54s
    2. Creating an independent text layer
      6m 39s
    3. Editing vector-based text
      6m 38s
    4. Working with area text
      6m 15s
    5. Resizing the text frame
      6m 4s
    6. Obscure but important formatting options
      7m 25s
    7. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      9m 38s
    8. Adding a ghostly cast shadow
      6m 19s
    9. Backlighting the text
      2m 48s
    10. Creating type on a path
      7m 37s
    11. Pasting text along the bottom of a circle
      3m 50s
    12. Flip and baseline shift
      3m 15s
    13. Warping text
      3m 58s
    14. Scaling the warped text to taste
      4m 18s
  10. 1m 11s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 11s

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