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Best selective and global sharpening techniques, please.

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Old 07-05-2007, 10:16 PM
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Best selective and global sharpening techniques, please.

Hello!

I am an idiot. I have to use IS on lenses now because of permanent damage due to two frozen shoulders. I bought a target that required shutting off auto focus temp while shooting the target (buying a dif one now) and somehow hit the IS switch and shot without it.

Luckily, most images are sharp. But I have a few that are soft and I am praying someone really can help me to salvage them (a pride thing).

Image 1 is the one I tried working on. Image 2 only had the defog filter run on it.

I've tried global sharpening, then selective on the eyes but I am fairly new to all of this and want to be sure I give the images a decent shot before discarding and reshooting.

Thanks folks, for any help you can give...
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:32 AM
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Re: Best selective and global sharpening techniques, please.

Deb

The easiest way to upload larger images, if you use Photoshop, is to "Save for Web". I use the 2 up screen and by adjusting the image size (tab) and the image quality (pop up) you can adjust the size to get the maximum quality. I shoot for between 750 & 800 for the largest deminsion side, then adjust the quality up or down. You can see the final size at the bottom of the window.

There is also a flyout arrow that will give you a dialog box where you can set the optimum K byte size. I set mine for 90 and use this dialog when I'm close, but still not quite under 100 Kb.
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:39 AM
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Re: Best selective and global sharpening techniques, please.

As Swampy says, your images are too small for anyone to give any meaningful comment.

In addition to her helpful instructions.

Flora has written some instructions on posting Images to the forums Here
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:34 PM
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Re: Best selective and global sharpening techniques, please.

Thanks...I will give it a try. Thanks for the help.
Have a good one!
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:17 PM
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Re: Best selective and global sharpening techniques, please.

Okay...tried the suggested method. Still seems like to get anything to only 100 kb would make it hard to do any work on an image. If this doesn't work, anyone out there willing to have me email the full file and then have them post the results (letting me know how they did it step by step so I can try it?).

Most of the files from this shoot were lovely but this one is soft and if possible, I'd really love to save it. Have to get the image over to the agent on Monday.

I appreciate all help given. You all really are amazing. I feel very blessed to have found a place with so many really talented people. Hoping to learn much in the coming months.

Have a good one!

Deb
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:19 PM
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Re: Best selective and global sharpening techniques, please.

Quick additional note: This image will be 9x12 inches when printed.

Thanks again for any and all help on this.

Have a good one!

deb
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:49 PM
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Re: Best selective and global sharpening techniques, please.

Nice photo - My favorite method of sharpening is the High-Pass/Overlay method. Basically, duplicate the background layer, apply high-pass filter and set the blending mode to Overlay (or Softlight). Adjust the opacity slider to get the right amount of global sharpening. Add a Reveal All layer mask and mask out any areas you don't want sharpened as much as the global sharpening. Below is a link to an excellent tutorial by byRO that compares the highpass method to the Unsharp mask method.



http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=169
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Old 07-30-2007, 01:32 AM
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Re: Best selective and global sharpening techniques, please.

Hello!

Sorry away so long. Sudden opportunity to work for someone I've been wanting to work for for a loooooooooooooong time.

Thank you for the kind comment about the shot. And for the sharpening help.

I appreciate it sooooooooooo much.

I'm glad to be back and look forward to catching up.

I absolutely love this forum!

Have a good one!

Deb Ouellette

PS I did try the sharpening technique on this shot. I even got brave and did a head swap (for one that was a bit more "girlish" and sweet looking). I then did some selective sharpening uses some of the advice given and the result was awesome!

Thanks again for all your help.
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