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5.2 Sharpen Your Image

Hello welcome back to the advanced re-touching techniques course. I'm Les Morehead and you are now on lesson 18. This lesson is the penultima lesson so it's just before the end lesson. So I'm gonna be showing you how to sharpen up your image and finalize it ready for print or to send off to your client. Ok so let's get right into it. So before we actually do the final re-touch, which we're gonna be using creative raw filter. If you don't have this version of Photoshop CS 6, I believe or above, then you're gonna have to use different techniques. I will show you those as well first of all. So before you do that, gonna create a new stamp layer of all of our image. So all of this together. So you can either go to hold Shift, and group them all, Ctrl+J, and Ctrl+E, but that's sort of a lagging way to do to it. If you computer can't handle it, that can go wrong. So, what I'm going to do a different way using the keyboard shortcuts, CTRL+Shift+ALT, and E. Again, CTRL+Alt+Shift and E and that'll create a stamp layer of everything we got in our image. The really good technique to do that, it's quicker. It's weird that it shifts, I don't know why it shifts like that. You can see that our image is shifting. But it's [INAUDIBLE] fine. I'm not sure why it does that. Okay, so what I'm gonna do first of all is hit another one to the CTRL+J, change this layer style to soft light. We can do Filter > Other > High Pass and then bring this all the way up to the end and hide that for now. Again, do another one of this bottom layer, so Ctrl+J, let's make two just because we're gonna need two. Okay so this middle one, again soft light. Filter, High pass, do this at 50, again zero or just hide it. And this bottom one here, change it to overlay, but this time go to Filter, Other, High pass, and then One. Okay, so now we have these three high pass layers. We have this one here, it's quite thick, this one and then this one. Okay? So this is gonna be my in technique without Okay? So first one add in the bottom one here. So I'll zoom in and I'll show you what this has done. Take it off, so it's added a general sharpen to earthen. As you can see it's really good. It's added a little bit more detail into our image. It's it's not so blurry anymore. So that's the first one. The second one is going to add a bit more shadow and highlights. As you see, I've got quite a lot more, actually we need to put this at zero and bring it up until you like what you see, so you might want to zoom out. So steadily bring it up, not too much, you don't want too much effect in it, but something like 10 or 15. And this last one is a general shadow and highlight so it just add in a bit more highlights and shadows in several big areas. So bring this down to 0 again. And then just bring up the opacity until you think it looks good. So I don't want too much brightness because it's gonna affect our moon and our bottle. Something like five or ten percent, just to bring out a bit more depth, a bit more highlight to it, and that is looking good. So the last step of this hi-pass effect, I'm gonna add in a noise. So, to do that on this bottom layer of our stamp, Ctrl+J, bring this up to the top. Actually, not directly to the top. I'm going to first of all group these together, Ctrl+J, Ctrl+E, or do the stamp method again, it's up to you. But, that was easy because it was only four layers. Okay, so on this layer, I'm going to add in some noise. Mostly with compositions like this, you add noise at the very last stage, and what noise is is basically it just brings your image together. It makes it all the same sharpness and, well it doesn't do that much, but it adds a little bit more depth when you're printing it out and just makes it draw altogether different images. Cuz as you know, images are taken with different exposures, different ISOs, so you're not gonna get the same amount of detail and the same amount of sharpness in each of your images. So this is just another way of bringing them all together and faking it. So go to Filter > Noise, and then Add noise, and one or two is the standard, so I go for one. I zoom in, And if I hide this layer, you see, it's added all these dots, but let's add a bit of grain to make them all blend in together more and it just finishes off our image. Okay, so that would be the non [INAUDIBLE] way. But I'm gonna delete all these now or put them into a group and call this high pass, because that's what it is, the technique. I'm gonna hide this, make a new stamp. As you can see all that together and on and off, that looks a lot better. Okay so I'm gonna get another stamp with Ctrl+Shift+Alt and E. Then change this to a smart object because you can use this with the create overall filter, so convert to smart object. But a filter, Creative rule filter, again, if you don't have this you'll have to do the high fast way, but I have it and so you can use it. So, first of all we can change some of these if you want. So, for instance the exposure, bring it up a little bit, maybe, add a little bit of contrast. Add in some clarity, fine clarity, not too much. You don't want too much clarity in there because you can get a bit crazy with it, some I'm gonna do 5, and that's that. I'm not going to change any more apart from the temperature. So, temperature, change that to a blue. As I bring a bit more blue into our image, it makes it pop a lot more. So maybe minus 10, maybe a bit too much. Minus eight, I'm gonna do minus eight, and that's looking a lot better. Oops, zoomed in too much there so I'm gonna change this to fit in view. Okay. So maybe it might be too much. Let's go to minus five, actually. I think that was too much, in there, making it all entire blue. We don't want that. So you can play around with these as well, so the shadows, there are the shadows, maybe the highlights, you have the highlights a bit more. Contrast as well. Too much contrast and the whites just get overexposed, they get blown out. The whites a little bit more, looking good, vibrance if you want to, you can increase that, increase the colors. And then now we're gonna go to our Sharpen, so the Sharpen is the best part of this. It's why we're opening up in a camera roll. So let's zoom in a little bit. Right, so let's check out the bottle here. I'll bring the Sharpen up. As you can see it's adding a lot more sharpening to our image. Okay, so I'm gonna add it to about 50% radius. I want to keep it level with the actual [INAUDIBLE] on the amount on the sharpening. Detail you can bring this up to 4 if you want, it's up to you. I'm gonna bring it up to 4, masking and keep this about 10 or 15. What that does I believe, is it masks out certain areas where it thinks it needs to be masked. So if I bring it all the way up, it completely blurs it. So it's also like a sort of the depth of field effect. I'll then have it about 17. Noise reduction, I'm gonna keep it exactly the same as the D as the mask in. And so the luminance, it checks where the luminances are at values and tries to get rid of the graininess of it. So take it out again. As you can see around the mountainside here. So if I bring it up again, it's got rid of it. Because in the background, all the way up, it just blurs everything, so it's like a blend tool. So not too much but I'm gonna leave it at ten. That's looking really nice, brilliant, click OK. That is our image, so it's looking a lot better here than it did before. I think we need to add in our shadows back in there, so we can always open it back up. That's why we have the converter smart object. Go back in there, add in more shadows because I think we need it. Okay. It's a brilliant thing about this creative rule filter. You just do every one and just go back into it later on. Then you bring up the clarity about seven, say OK. If you think it needs more than go ahead and add more, but I'm going to leave it as is. The last step of this piece and of this course is to add in our text. You do whatever you want to this, but I'm going to add in my own sort of text like I did in the original course image. I'm going to hit the T for the text, click once. I've got arial regular on, so I'm going to call it FLEW PRESENTS, F-L-E-W PRESENTS. Obviously call this whatever you want, so your own name. Flew's my alias online, so change it like that. And I'm gonna hit another one, Alt on my keyboard, drag it down, so I got a new layer here, a new T there. And change this one to The brew, capitals, at midnight, because that's what we're calling it. Or Flews Brew, but I like The Brew at Midnight, sounds pretty cool. I'm gonna hit the character tool here. If you haven't got this open go to window, and then character. Change the type font to bold, and then change the va, which is the gap between all the tracking to zero for now, then just bring this up somewhere like here. Zoom in a bit to see what we're doing. Okay, now, drag down the Flew Presents one again. So, I like that thickness and then change that to Ice Cold Refreshment. Okay, cool. Okay so what you could do for the last step, here, is just add a bit of outward glow to these, so you could group these all together, Ctrl+G, call this Text, Right click on the group, go to the blend options for each layer. So go to Outer Glow so you see what we're doing over here, size up and change this to Color Dodge. Just increase the size a bit, the Spread, the Opacity cuz that nice blue on the clouds there. Just something like that. Looking good. Okay, so let's see what that looks like, so let's zoom out. Okay, it's a bit too bright there so let's go into that. Lower the opacity about 10%, see what that looks like. That's a lot better. Lot more subtle. Okay, brilliant. So that is our image, that's our completed image. We've got there, we finished. The only thing I would say now is add your own artistic touch. If you want to change things, move things about, add a few more adjustment layers, work on the shadows, then please go ahead. That's what it's all about, finding your own way it's not just about following me and working out what to do. It's about having your own artistic expression, that's what it's all about. Okay so please join me in the conclusion, the final video. We'll talk about what we went through and what we've tried to learn and the whole process of our course. Thank you and join me in the next lesson.

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