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Smart filtering and masking

From: Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

Video: Smart filtering and masking

In the previous movie, I introduced the topic of

Smart filtering and masking

In the previous movie, I introduced the topic of how we can sharpen our images in more intelligent ways. By working with smart filters. And we went through the process of converting our layer to a smart object layer. Then we selected a filter, which was smart sharpen, which we've applied here. We talked about how we can double-click the filter name to reopen the filter dialog and then change the amount or radius or noise, any of those settings, and then click OK in order to apply them.

Well, at this point, we're halfway through the process of working on this image and here I want to finish this file off and in order to do that we'll talk about a few things. One is blending modes, opacity and then also masking. Now you can scale the effect back or lower the opacity or change the blending mode by clicking on the icon right here, to the right of the filter name. It's kind of tough to see but hopefully you can see it's that icon right there. Double click that icon and what it will do is it will open up a blending options dialogue.

Here in this blending options dialogue, we have an opacity slider. If we want to scale back the intensity of the effect or the filter, just lower the opacity. If you want to change the blending mode, click on your blending mode pull down menu. And you remember that blending mode that I like to use for sharpening? It's luminosity. We can select that here. So this gives us the flexibility of having layer blending even though we only have one layer. Because what we're blending in is the filter. The sharpening filter is now blended in on the luminosity blending mode.

Right, with this image, think I could bring that opacity slider up a little bit then click OK in order to apply those settings. If ever you change your mind, double-click the icon again. It will remember the blending mode you applied and also the layer or the blending opacity that we have here. Make any changes and then click OK again. All right, well what about the masking? What is this mask which we have here? Well currently, this mask is white. And a white mask reveals.

What is it revealing? The sharpening effect. If we zoom out for a moment, we'll see that this effect is sharpening the entire photograph, the subject here, and also the background. Well, what if we only want the sharpening effect to apply to the subject? We don't need to sharpen this area that's out of focus. Well, if that's the case, we can work on the mask. To do so, simply click into the mask and you'll see some brackets around it. Click into the image and the brackets will appear around the image icon here.

So again, click into and target that mask. Next, what we're going to do is double-click the mask, which will open up the Mask panel here. And here we have some masking controls. You can also just click on the tab for your Mask panel, as well. In order to work with this, I'm going to first click on the Invert button, which will fill the mask with black, concealing or hiding all of the sharpening effect. If you have a version of Photoshop which doesn't have the Invert button, another way you can do that is to go to Edit and choose Fill.

And then in this Fill dialog, click on this pull-down menu and select black there, and then click OK and it will fill that mask with black. Alright. Well, once we have the mask filled with black, we're going to grab our brush. Click on the brush tool icon. We want to paint with white, so make sure you're painting in with white to reveal the sharpening. Then we need to choose a brush. We want a pretty big brush. 0% hardness. Nice, soft edges here. For the opacity, let's leave this at a little bit of a lower range, but not too low.

I want to paint this in pretty quickly. I'm going to go up to about 70%. I'm just going to start to paint over the image, where I want to have the sharpening effect applied. And I'm just painting some brush strokes over these areas. Move down to the lower portion of the image. I think that's pretty good. In this way, we're able to apply some selective sharpening, just to specific areas of our photograph. The area which is white, is the area where the image will become sharper. The area which is black is the area which won't be affected at all.

And the techniques that I'm highlighting here, again, work with any type of filter. Works with smart sharpen and with camera, with unsharp mask. And the advantage of going this next step ensures that you're able to really accomplish what's called selective sharpening. You're choosing where the sharpening effect is applied. And by combining this with smart filters, well it just gives us a lot of creative flexibility and ultimately it can help you to accomplish great results.

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Photoshop CC for Photographers: Sharpening

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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 23s
    2. Raw sharpening in Lightroom or Camera Raw?
      3m 56s
    3. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 44m 15s
    1. Lighroom sharpening workflow first steps
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding how the Lightroom Detail controls work
      5m 36s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      5m 47s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      9m 13s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      7m 12s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 49s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      7m 3s
  3. 53m 3s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      10m 19s
    2. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      4m 15s
    3. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      7m 36s
    4. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      6m 44s
    5. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      6m 50s
    6. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      7m 35s
    7. Creating custom presets
      6m 2s
    8. Sharing and installing presets
      3m 42s
  4. 40m 40s
    1. Camera Raw sharpening workflow: First steps
      3m 28s
    2. Understanding how the Camera Raw Detail controls work
      5m 46s
    3. Reducing luminance and color noise
      4m 40s
    4. Improving details in a portrait
      7m 28s
    5. Improving details in an outdoor photograph
      6m 6s
    6. Sharpening in order to emphasize small textures
      3m 48s
    7. Improving sky details and edge sharpening
      9m 24s
  5. 53m 40s
    1. Selective sharpening with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 16s
    2. Working with the Auto Mask option in the Adjustment Brush
      5m 6s
    3. Learning Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      8m 30s
    4. Reviewing Adjustment Brush techniques and shortcuts
      5m 45s
    5. Sharpening eyes in a portrait
      5m 15s
    6. Sharpening large areas with the Radial filter
      7m 4s
    7. Improving details with the Graduated filter
      4m 34s
    8. Further refinements with the Graduated filter
      4m 30s
    9. Creating custom presets
      5m 40s
  6. 49m 5s
    1. Resizing before you sharpen
      4m 37s
    2. Using Unsharp Mask
      8m 21s
    3. Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    4. Demonstrating how Smart Sharpen works
      4m 23s
    5. Fine-tuning Smart Sharpen with advanced controls
      5m 39s
    6. Applying blending modes to avoid color problems
      5m 9s
    7. Putting it all together: Workflow part one
      5m 57s
    8. Putting it all together: Workflow part two
      6m 42s
    9. A conversation about sharpening controls
      2m 12s
  7. 49m 34s
    1. Applying Camera Raw sharpening as a filter
      4m 41s
    2. Using smart filtering for increased flexibility
      5m 50s
    3. Smart filtering and masking
      4m 54s
    4. Selective sharpening with a hand-painted mask
      6m 0s
    5. Selective sharpening: Advanced shortcut tips
      6m 31s
    6. Using Quick Select and masking to sharpen selectively
      8m 20s
    7. How to sharpen a layered document
      3m 41s
    8. Fixing a blurry photograph with Shake Reduction
      4m 40s
    9. Shake Reduction: Advanced controls
      4m 57s
  8. 32m 47s
    1. High-pass sharpening essentials
      5m 55s
    2. Smart filter high-pass sharpening
      4m 2s
    3. Smart filter high-pass sharpening continued
      5m 50s
    4. Edge sharpening: Building an alpha channel
      4m 52s
    5. Edge sharpening: Creating the mask
      5m 3s
    6. Using Smart Sharpen in an unlikely way for midtone contrast
      7m 5s
  9. 10m 59s
    1. Recording a sharpening action
      6m 11s
    2. Playing the action for a single file
      2m 18s
    3. Batch sharpening multiple files
      2m 30s
  10. 28m 48s
    1. Sharpening and saving from Camera Raw
      6m 51s
    2. Sharpening and exporting from Camera Raw
      3m 44s
    3. Output sharpening from Lightroom
      5m 26s
    4. Final output sharpening from Photoshop for print
      7m 17s
    5. Photoshop sharpening for web, mobile, and displays
      5m 30s
  11. 31s
    1. Next steps
      31s

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