A little sharpening can go a long way…
You see people’s images looking amazing… so crystal clear. Let’s look at one great tool for sharpening in Photoshop:
In Photoshop, under the Filter Menu, there are a number of sharpening options. We’re looking at Smart Sharpen today. These differences are MUCH more apparent when viewing full resolution on your computer– the size displayed on blogs for web loses a little of the details that you see when doing it yourself like we do together for class. But I hope this tutorial gives you an idea of what to remember when sharpening your images!
Here is the original image:
And here it is with Smart Sharpen’s initial settings:
What if we push it further? More is better, right? We’ve started to create some unwanted texture in the skin that wasn’t there to begin with. And the dark line right inside his mouth? That’s beginning to be too strong.
But how far do you push it? The image below still looks alright when viewed small on the web, but when printed large, you’ll get a posterizing effect that muddies the image. So keep the purpose in mind when sharpening an image.
In the end, I took the initial Smart Sharpen settings and bumped it up slightly, giving a nice crisp look for online viewing.
Best tip when editing:
Too much “More” can be dangerous.
Less is always safer. Over time you’ll develop a style, just make sure it’s a style that will look good 10 years from now. Want to hear more about finding your style? Go check out Brooke Snow’s Finding Your Voice Class! You’ll hear more about my advice on getting your images to look so great that you’ll love them even years from now.
And want to learn more skills to make your images sparkle?
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WITH 13 YEARS OF SHOOTING, 8 YEARS OF RUNNING A BUSINESS AND OVER 600 STUDENTS TAUGHT IN PERSON, AMBER FIFE IS EXCITED TO JOIN THE FANTASTIC TEAM AT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS ELEMENT.
She brings her years of experience working with Photoshop as well as Artificial Light — wonderful skills for you to have to take your photography to the next level.
Despite being a world traveler, Amber loves being at home with her 3 boys and husband. She loves curling up with a good book, and editing her pictures– it’s like Christmas morning every time she gets home from a shoot, when she gets to download and edit her pictures. She hopes you can find the joy of learning to love your images and not be overwhelmed by Photoshop any longer.
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