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Old 10-04-2009, 12:05 PM
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Sharpening for head shots?

Been a while since I wanted to ask this to all the good retouchers...
Do you sharpen a head shot/close-ups using tools like USM or High pass filter?
If you do then do you do it before you start retouching it of after you are done with retouching?
I haven't been sharpening the close-ups as I always thought that if I sharpen something that I have just soften, won't it be like backward?
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Old 10-04-2009, 01:06 PM
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Re: Sharpening for head shots?

ISeek, I am not a good retoucher as a matter of fact I am no retoucher at all, but would think that sharpening is always done after the retouch and depending on the output. I would also think that sharpening is done selectively, to hairs, eyes etc. not on skin
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Old 10-04-2009, 01:38 PM
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Re: Sharpening for head shots?

I'll go along with Amica999,
usm / smart/ highpass/ lucis (selectively) etc is the last process before going to print or viewing on the web..
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:35 PM
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Re: Sharpening for head shots?

You can do varying sharpening "strength" depending on the final output. For example you have to go a bit overboard when printing than when doing for web. Most use either USM, Smart sharpen, the highpass method either with highpass or like this Or a combination of different techniques, masked to be applied in different areas.

You can go simple or complex depending on your needs
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