In this chapter we'll explore some of the general concepts related to sharpening so you'll have a better sense of what sharpening does, why it is so important, and how you can ensure the best results.
In this lesson we'll talk about the very basic concept of what sharpening actually is. The concepts behind sharpening are relatively straightforward, but they make a big difference when it comes to achieving a great sharpening effect for every photo.
In this lesson you'll learn about the various methods you can use in Photoshop to apply corrective and creative sharpening to your digital photos. These include the Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, and High Pass filters.
Sharpening in Photoshop
Sharpening is part of your overall image-optimization workflow, and in this lesson we'll take a look at a recommended approach for preparing your images for sharpening and output.
In addition to the basic options available for the Smart Sharpen filter, there are also advanced options that enable you to mitigate the effect in the shadow or highlight areas of the image, as you'll learn in this lesson.
Focusing the sharpening effect so that it only applies to the highest-contrast edges in an image can be very helpful in preserving the overall quality of the image, and in this lesson you'll see how it's done.
If you want to ensure that sharpening does not cause a loss of detail in the extreme shadow or highlight areas of an image, you can use the Advanced Blending Options as a solution. In this lesson you'll learn this valuable technique.
This chapter contains several projects designed to help reinforce your knowledge of sharpening. You'll learn how to apply sharpening and softening to different areas of an image, apply creative sharpening to specific areas, and sharpen a black-and-white image.
Sometimes you want to apply sharpening and softening to different areas of an image, and this lesson will provide an example of that type of situation.