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Since the beginning of the photographic art form, photographers have been searching for clearer and sharper images. Now, you don't have to settle for what was captured in camera; you can perfect your photos in post-production. In this course, Chris Orwig tackles sharpening in three programs: Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Photoshop. They all have their strengths, so he shows you how to get the best results from specific sharpening challenges with each one. Chris shows you how to reduce noise and sharpen with sliders and make selective adjustments to certain areas of raw images. In Photoshop, he uses powerful filters like Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen to sharpen larger areas of pictures, and masking to paint in sharpening. Last, he shares two advanced techniques, one using high pass sharpening and another that limits sharpening to the edges of your images.
In the previous movie we began our conversation about how we can use that specialized sharpening technique, which is referred to as high-pass sharpening. And there we covered some of the basics, and essentials. Here in this movie we'll build upon what we already know. And this time we'll look at how we can run the high-pass filter as a smart filter. We'll be working with this portrait here of Johnny, which I captured yesterday. Johnny is a great guy and he has this amazing beard. What I want to do is selectively sharpen this image with high-pass sharpening.
And we'll do so by sharpening just this area of the image. We'll be running two filters, a high pass sharpen filter as well as Camera Raw as a smart filter. Alright, well, let's take a look at how we can do this. First step is to select the layer that you want to work on. In this case, our layer is titled Johnny. Second step is to go to the Filter pulldown menu then select Convert for Smart Filters. Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. This will open up a dialog which says, hey, in order to do this, to make the filter re-editable, which is what we want, it will convert this layer into a smart object.
All right, that's what we want, so we click Okay. We should see a new icon in the Layers panel over here indicating that this is a smart object layer. The next step is to go to the Filter pull down menu as we've done before, and to choose Other and then to select High Pass. Next step, Filter>Other>High Pass. Here goes. In the High Pass dialogue, we have the Radius control, and in the previous movie we had to guess at this stage of our progress here, we have to guess as well.
Later though, you'll see that we'll do something that will take out the guess work. So, in this case it doesn't really matter what you choose. Go ahead and just choose anything. Keep in mind what you're looking for is something where you have nice glowing edges but you don't want to go so far that the glow is so big that you're seeing a lot of the original image. You want to keep it down somewhere in here where you have some good edge detail. If you want to zoom in on the photograph in the background just press your shortcut key to do so. That's Cmd plus on a MAC or Ctrl plus on Windows.
Sometimes it's helpful to see more of the photograph there. All right, well, here we'll simply click Okay in order to apply this High Pass setting. And this is applying this filter as a Smart Filter. We can see we have the Smart Filter Mask and also the Filter name listed here. At this point, it may appear a little bit confusing because we have the filter, we can't see the image. What do we do? Well, all that we need to do is to change the Blending Mode for the filter itself.
They way that you do that is that you click on this icon. Double-click, I should say, on that icon, to open up the Blending Options dialogue, and here we'll click on the mode pull down menu, and we discussed previously, we have three options that work well, Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light. Let's take a look. Well, here is Overlay. This gives us some pretty cool results, I like that. I'll try Soft Light, it's going to be a little more subtle, and then Hard Light. Hard Light is actually is pretty gritty, that might be an interesting look for this picture.
So here I just want to go back and evaluate these, and you know what? Actually, I think I like Overlay the best. Once you've decided on the blending mode that you want to use, click Okay, and that will then Apply the blending mode. And you can see right through the high pass layer, you can see how it's affecting the photograph. To view the before and after, we just click on this eye icon right here that shows us the before. And then click again and now we can see the after. Alright, well this gets us up to a pretty good place with this technique, but we have some more that we need to do in order to be able to fine tune and finesse the way that this appears, so keep this image open, we'll continue to work on it in the next movie.
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