Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking at sharpening, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
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Sharpening is one of the most important components of any workflow, taking a…focused image and bring further attention to the area that you focused on with a…little bit of sharpening is really important.…Unfortunately, it's probably the most abused part of the workflow as well.…It's extremely common for people to over sharpen their image and in doing this …you get a lot of artifacts and a lot of things that distract from the image itself.…So I want to caution you with a few things not to do. …One, it's not a good idea to sharpen in camera.…
If you're sharpening at capture, not only do you not have the ability to preview…your image very closely, like you would on your computer, but you're not going…to have the control later.…The sharpening will be baked into your file and you won't be able to undo it …in software, so I really counsel you not to sharpen there.…If you want do a little bit of global sharpening in Camera RAW,…that makes sense. You can do a little bit of sharpening and apply it to all of…
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