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Old 06-05-2008, 08:52 AM
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Re: Getting that very sharp crisp look

But if you have an image already, lens are beside the point.

http://edgework.tripod.com/samples/sharplook.jpg
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:41 PM
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Re: Getting that very sharp crisp look

you guys definitely pulled out a whole lot of detail..

Thanks for the steps zog, i will give it a try with an original.
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:11 PM
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Re: Getting that very sharp crisp look

edgework,
Your enhancement to zogdart's image is very nice. I would think Tamar88 would like to know what you did there. We can all learn as well.
Thanks !
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:23 PM
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Re: Getting that very sharp crisp look

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edgework,
Your enhancement to zogdart's image is very nice. I would think Tamar88 would like to know what you did there. We can all learn as well.
Thanks !
When I opened the file I assigned the Apple RGB profile (not the same as converting). Then I ran the Highlight/shadow filter, not extreme, just enough to open up the darkest areas. Duped everything to a new layer. Set it to Linear light at 50% opacity and ran High Pass at 1.1 pixels. Next came a couple of layers using Blend-if sliders. One, filled with white, set to soft light, with the shadow sliders set at 0 and 93 for the underlying layer. Above that a copy of the sharpened layers (minus the soft light white) set to multiply, with the highlight sliders set to 55 and 119 and the overall opacity set to 41%. Many times a combination like this is a good way to lighten/soften the skin while retaining the crucial detail, but here it seemed too harsh so I grouped both layers together and set the group to 52%. Still had an effect but a bit more subtle. Final step was to merge to a new layer and bring that into LAB. Pulled both anchors 30 points to the center for the a and b channels. Can't beat LAB for finding and enhancing color. Finally converted to sRGB.

That's about it.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:25 PM
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Re: Getting that very sharp crisp look

Sorry, double post.
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:17 AM
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Re: Getting that very sharp crisp look

TRY LUCIS ART and B/D,and with smart smooth it out by NOISEWARE
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:34 AM
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Re: Getting that very sharp crisp look

Zogdart, Edgework...not crazy about the skin or the shadows of either of your pics. Too much small grain remaining...not like the original. The original is indeed crisp, clean and sharp. I'd think it would have to be more with the equipment and lights than with photoshop to get this overall look. Not saying I can do better, but the grain you get is what I often get and must then mask out.
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:48 AM
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Re: Getting that very sharp crisp look

Tried a fast retouch with focus on sharpness...
In short: levels, different unsharp masks, a little d/b... And some blur on the bg...
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:29 AM
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Re: Getting that very sharp crisp look

You are going to need a high resolution source to work with for that. I worked on the one you posted which was quite soft to begin with. Clean up the skin by whichever method you prefer. Duplicate the layer, desaturate it, sharpen it (whichever method you use), set the blend to luminosity and change opacity to suit. Oh...and I lightened the eyes a tad.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:30 AM
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Re: Getting that very sharp crisp look

I like the stuff zog and coconaut posted.
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