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Understanding the role of Smart Objects in a sharpening workflow

From: Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos

Video: Understanding the role of Smart Objects in a sharpening workflow

A big part of sharpening in Photoshop is knowing where your image is going to end up. Sharpening is going to be very different if you're just putting it on the Web, as opposed to print or a book and there's a way to build that flexibility into your file, let me show you how it's done. So here's our image, and again, we want to make sure we come into 100% there, hold our H key to choose the area that we want to zoom in on, and if we come up to our Filter menu, first thing we want to do is convert this to a Smart Filter. And essentially it's just the same as a Smart Object; it gives me a reference to the original.

Understanding the role of Smart Objects in a sharpening workflow

A big part of sharpening in Photoshop is knowing where your image is going to end up. Sharpening is going to be very different if you're just putting it on the Web, as opposed to print or a book and there's a way to build that flexibility into your file, let me show you how it's done. So here's our image, and again, we want to make sure we come into 100% there, hold our H key to choose the area that we want to zoom in on, and if we come up to our Filter menu, first thing we want to do is convert this to a Smart Filter. And essentially it's just the same as a Smart Object; it gives me a reference to the original.

And you can just think of this as a Filter layer. I've got the same benefits I have in Adjustment layer. I can edit it, it's portable, it can be shared with other documents, and I have a lot more control, so I'm going to be able to put my sharpening in, but then change the values down the road. So I click OK to this dialog and what I can do now is come into any different filter that I like here and we're going to go to Smart Sharpen, and just for the sake of our Preview, let's apply a very strong sharpen here, something just crazy like so.

We'll click OK and give it a moment to go ahead and render, and perhaps our aggressive sharpening here is designed for screen. And as you can see when we backup here, it doesn't look that bad. This would be acceptable for the Web. And that looks great to us, and may be we go ahead and we make this black and white. And we're going to make it a little more high contrast. Get things looking the way we want them to, and in doing this we realize that what we really want to do is print this image out.

Now the problem is if I double-click on my Zoom tool and I come in here, I see that I've got that really aggressive sharpening, and I want to change that. Well, the fact that this is a Smart Filter, or again, think of it is a Filter layer, I can just come over here, double-click on that, I'll launch my same Smart Sharpen dialog and I'd just back down the Amount here. It can look the way I want, and click OK, and it will apply that same setting to my file. So I really have that portability and that reedit ability that I've come to enjoy with a layer-based workflow.

So there you see that having the flexibility of Smart Objects or Smart Filters, or again, think of them just as Filter layers, really allows me to govern what my image looks like depending upon where I'm putting it.

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Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos

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  1. 7m 53s
    1. Welcome
      2m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      42s
    3. What you need to know about Adobe Camera Raw
      4m 42s
  2. 9m 30s
    1. Reinventing the Crop tool
      5m 44s
    2. Using the new Crop tool the old way
      3m 46s
  3. 6m 4s
    1. Then versus now: Understanding how the Auto button works
      2m 55s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Auto
      3m 9s
  4. 6m 37s
    1. Using Curves
      3m 31s
    2. Exploring strategies for using Curves
      3m 6s
  5. 14m 57s
    1. Looking at sharpening
      2m 6s
    2. Understanding Smart Sharpen
      4m 41s
    3. Understanding the role of Smart Objects in a sharpening workflow
      2m 20s
    4. Applying brush-based selective sharpening
      5m 50s
  6. 9m 6s
    1. Understanding the challenges of building blur
      2m 54s
    2. Using Iris Blur to create shallow depth of field
      6m 12s
  7. 8m 20s
    1. The evolving Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools
      6m 24s
    2. Understanding the role of the graphics tablet
      1m 56s
  8. 12m 33s
    1. Understanding and using Content-Aware Fill
      3m 16s
    2. What to do when Content-Aware Fill doesn't work
      2m 38s
    3. Beyond fill: Content-Aware Patch
      1m 16s
    4. Content-Aware Scale: The feature nobody knows about
      3m 30s
    5. Content-Aware Move: Recomposing photos
      1m 53s
  9. 3m 17s
    1. Exploring what Liquify is really used for
      3m 17s
  10. 12m 1s
    1. Correcting automatically based on lens profiles
      4m 2s
    2. Getting the most out of Adaptive Wide Angle
      4m 47s
    3. Exploring lens distortion and video
      3m 12s
  11. 7m 22s
    1. Using presets new and old
      47s
    2. Surprising yourself with the Color Look Up Adjustment layer
      2m 15s
    3. Using gradient map presets for black-and-white conversions
      2m 31s
    4. Imagining a connected Photoshop
      1m 49s
  12. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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