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Photoshop is the tool of choice for most creative professionals and has quickly become household name synonymous with computer art and image manipulation. In Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics, internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland teaches such digital-age wonders as masking, filters, layers, blend modes, Liquify, Vanishing Point, and vector-based type. Along the way, Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, trimming away jowls and fat, and wrapping one image around the surface of another. Plus, the training teaches how to construct and organize the elements in a composition so you can edit them easily in the future. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.
Ready for more Photoshop CS3 training with Deke? Check out Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Advanced Techniques.
Note: Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: The Essentials is a recommended prerequisite to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
Now, I was telling you in the previous exercise that you want to leave that more accurate checkbox inside the Smart Sharpen dialog box, you want to leave it turned off when you're sharpening portraits. That's my advice anyway unless you have just a model of perfection and you want to Alt sharpen that person because not only are you going to exaggerate pores and nasty details in the flash and all that jazz, but you are also going to exaggerate the digital noise that's associated with the photo. When would you want to use more accurate, when would you want to turn it on? Well, anytime that you want to do some micro sharpening like in this still life for example, I might want to sharpen the fabric in this t-shirt, this is a stretched t-shirt in the background because I shot this image at a cabin for reasons that will become evident in just a moment or maybe I want to sharpen the wood grain inside of these little scrabble tiles.
And this is a very low noise photo that I shot as well so it's going to hold up when we apply the more accurate option to it. Now, the reason I shot this image was because I lost a game of scrabble and I was just convinced that this game is messed up because I was being a sore loser of course, but it is messed up. Let's see how we might go ahead and sharpen this image, shall we? Alright, so go ahead and press Ctrl+Alt+F or Command+Option+F to redisplay the Smart Sharpen dialog box assuming that it was the last command you applied from the Filter menu.
And I still have my same amount value and radius values here from the previous exercise. I am just going to go ahead and turn more accurate on. Of course, I am removing Lens Blur by the way, and you can see, did you see that high-level tracing of the t-shirt fabric and of the wood grain inside of the tiles? Now, that's way too much so I am going to take these values down. First of all, I am going to take that radius value down a notch by pressing Shift+Down arrow to get it down to 3 pixels, which I think is more reasonable for this image. And I am going to take that amount value way down here.
Let's take it down even further. And about 100% I think is going to work well for this image. So this is before and this is after, so quite a bit of sharpening getting applied. Thanks to the more accurate checkbox. And just to see the difference between having this on and off, I will turn it off, much more subtle effect. Now, let's do it before and after. This is before, this is after, barely any modification happening at all, but when I turn more accurate on, we can see a big difference. And once again, it's going through and sharpening these individual threads in the t-shirt and these individual bits of wood grain inside of the tile and also doing a very nice job of sharpening these tiny little details such as the horrible scores that are associated with this letter.
So for this image, more accurate turns out to work very, very well because we want this microscopic level of sharpening. Go ahead and click OK in order to accept the effects. Well, now, we are looking at the image at 50% zoom ratio. Here is before and here is after. This time, thanks to turning the more accurate checkbox on inside the Smart Sharpen dialog box.
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