Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Faux sharpening: Tricks to fake focus, part of Noise Reduction and Sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop.
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…At its most basic, sharpening is essentially localized contrast.…You're magnifying the dark and light values so that something jumps out more.…Every sharpening algorithm is essentially doing just that.…What I want to talk about now is areas that…aren't quite in focus and how to fake it.…Because it's sort of a misunderstood thing that you can't sharpen to recover…focus, but you can play some tricks on the eye to make things…look like they're sharper than they really are.…So we have some flowers that are in focus, like the one on the left.…
And then there are some others, like the one down here that are out of focus.…And then there are some areas that are kind of in focus.…And if you shoot with a fast lens, that's pretty common.…So let's take this image into the develop module, and…just talk a little bit about what works and what doesn't.…And so what you want to do is zoom in. And this is a nice perspective because we…see some of these flowers that are in focus, and ones…like this one on the lower right, totally out of focus.…
In this course, join Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth exploration of the noise-reduction and sharpening features in Lightroom and Photoshop. The course begins with tips for getting the cleanest possible images when you shoot. Next, Bryan details the process of making overall noise and sharpness improvements in Lightroom. The course concludes with a look at various advanced Photoshop techniques for localized adjustments and more.