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By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Control smoothing with an anti-edge mask: Deke's Techniques

This week, Deke demonstrates how to retouch a stressed image in order to smooth out detail, while controlling the effect with specially crafted mask. If using the High Pass filter and edge masks are old hat for you, watch as Deke turns the whole concept inside-out by using a reverse high-pass effect combined with an anti-edge mask. The result is that you get controlled “un-sharpening” right where you need it—a useful effect you can apply to your own overly sharp photographs. And as usual, Deke shows you the whole process in under ten minutes.

Of course, the bite-sized nature of Deke’s Techniques means that Deke’s got to work quickly on this one. So you’ll probably need a to be reasonably comfortable with the concepts of both sharpening and masking in order to follow along with this particular video (as in understanding both concepts to the point where applying them in reverse doesn’t make you want to turn your brain inside-out.)

But never fear, for those of you in need of the three-course Deke, lynda.com members always have access to the vast amount of information in Deke’s longer courses. Although we’ve designed Deke’s Techniques to quickly and efficiently share useful knowledge with experienced Photoshop and Illustrator users, we haven’t abandoned those of you who are just getting your bearings or who simply prefer a slower, more in-depth approach.

So, if you’d like to hear more from Deke about Sharpening, check out Chapter 15: “Sharpening Details” from Deke’s Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced course. For a good background on the different uses of masks inside Photoshop, try Chapter 26: “Masking Essentials” from Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery. And Deke covers edge masks specifically here, which was created for Photoshop CS3 but is still relevant today. And as usual, lynda.com members can find the entire collection of Deke’s Techniques, including today’s members-only movie here.

Join us next week for another free technique from Deke, and another members-only movie as well. And don’t forget to let us know what you’d like to see Deke take on in a future installment.

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