Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying brush-based selective sharpening, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
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In the previous videos, we talked about sharpening as a global operation,…something that we did to the entire image.…But a lot of the time, you just want to sharpen a little piece of the image.…And I want to show you a few of the different ways to do that and some things to be aware of.…So let's start in Camera RAW here.…A lot of people ask, couldn't I just use the Adjustment brush in Camera RAW to…do some localized sharpening?…And there is an Adjustment brush and I'll get all sorts of controls here and one…of them is sharpening.…But not only is this not the most powerful way to do it, the way that the brush…engine works in Camera RAW and Lightroom, is no one near as powerful as it is in Photoshop.…
I don't have the ability to soften the edges, I don't have that same powerful…brush engine, I can't change tips, I just don't have that same fidelity, and…the sharpening algorithm is based on unsharp mask and it's just not as powerful as it could be.…But there is a pretty good way to do it in here, and it's kind of an unknown trick.…
The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.
The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.
- Reinventing the Crop tool
- Rediscovering the Auto button
- Getting the most out of curves
- Understanding Smart Sharpen
- Building blur and softness
- Working with a graphics tablet
- Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
- Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
- Using presets