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Now that you know a little bit about the Detail panel, I want to take a look at a quick example where we start off in the Basic panel [00:00:07 .96] and then we jump to the Detail panel to finish off our photograph. Let's go ahead and grab the Zoom tool and click a few times on this image in order to zoom in on it so we can see some of the details that we have to work with. Before you get to the Detail panel, you need to dial in your basic settings; whether you're going to add Contrast or Clarity or change the overall Exposure, because all of these controls will affect how much noise you have to reduce or how much you need to sharpen this photograph.
And one of things that I'm noticing with this image right out of the gate is that it's in a really good shape. There's not a lot that needs to be done, even here in the Basic panel. Perhaps, I'll just add a little bit more warmth, and then I think that's it. If we click on the Preview button here, you can see there's our before and then after. After having dialed in these different amounts with these basic sliders, you then next are ready to go to the Detail panel. You want to think of this as the place where you're doing your input sharpening.
So here I'll zoom in a little bit more so I'm at 100% view, so I can see the face and also the background. Well, what about the sharpening amount? Here I'm going to bring this up while holding down the Option key. This is going to show me how high I can take this. With this image because it's in such good shape, I can really crank this up. Yet in doing that, I brought in a little texture here in the background. So here I'll go ahead and modify my Radius, I'm going to bring this up as well. This is going to be higher than normal, again, because this was shot with a really nice photograph, a really phenomenal lens, and the image is in good shape.
In regards to the Detail amount, here I'm going to drop this back just a little bit, and then for my Masking, of course, hold down Option or Alt and click-and-drag that, so that we can limit the sharpening to specific areas of the picture. Next, for the Noise Reduction, just a touch of Luminance and also just a little teeny bit of Color noise reduction, and I'm going to have a real low amount with both of these sliders because, again, this image is in pretty good shape. Here we'll click on the Preview button to look at our before and after.
And what you should see is just this really subtle kind of a snap. As I look on my monitor, I can see that and it looks pretty nice. It may be tricky to see, so let me try to zoom in even a little bit closer past 100% to see if I can highlight how this might appear. We'll click on that Preview button; you can kind of see around the eyelashes and the eye here, it's a little bit soft. We click on that and it just kind of snaps or lifts out some of those details. Of course, when we go back to the 100% view, that's going to be much more subtle.
So why then have I taken you through this process? Well, I wanted to show you one image where you didn't need to do a ton of work on it. Also, where the image was in pretty good shape, because I think that's important to highlight. And then a lot of times, you'll have these problem images where you need to really boost some shadows and you brought in all this noise. Well, then, you're going to need to use your sliders a little bit more aggressively. Even though we didn't need to do a lot, these steps are really important, because these steps are bringing this file to a good spot so that we can then take it further once we get to Photoshop.
Let's take a look at our preview before and after. We'll click on that, it'll be difficult to see, but there's our before, and then once that comes in, you can see there's the after.
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