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Completing a Photo with Sharpening, Color, and Vignetting

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Apr 04

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Finishing Up The Photo

Sometimes it’s easy to edit an image to 90% and feel that it is complete, only to wish later that you had tweaked it just a little further. In today’s episode I’ll finish up by showing you the last steps you can take to push a photo from good to great using sharpening, vignetting, and color balance techniques.

Episode Timeline

  • 1:00- Starting out with stamp visible layers
  • 1:40- Sharpen Tool
  • 2:50- High Pass filter
  • 4:45- Unsharp Mask
  • 6:50- Comparing each technique and combining them
  • 8:20- Creating a vignette with the lasso tool
  • 10:30-Using levels to tone our shadows and highlights
  • François LE CORRE

    Just for info, you don’t need to desaturate when you use the high pass method.
    You can also use linear light blending mode, it’s a more intense than overlay and you can still play with opacity to adjust the velocity of the high pass sharpening effect.
    Great (4) episode(s)  Aaron ! ;)

  • CEBImagery

    Adobe claims that Smart Sharpen is the best sharpening (make sure to select lens blur). I’ve tried it and what I see in preview is never what I see when applied to the image. Its not your computer thats causing the lag when using the sharpen tool..thats just how it is.

    I love high pass and use your approach of first desaturating but always try to keep my pixel less than 4. When using high pass on women I find its best to first select my channels and apply only to highlight areas.

    For landscapes etc try “midtone contrast” technique developed by one of original Adobe engineers and sharpens only the midtones..fantastic technique.

    Also if you get a chance check out the Vincent Versace technique of pre sharpneing and seveal combined sharpening techniques for bringing a outof focus image back-Its a huge workflow but very interesting. You can catch a tutorial on this at KelbyTraining.

    In the future could you cover other sharpneing techniques like High frequency and LAB sharpening (may have done already) etc not sure when best to use or not use. Thanks for all your education.

  • Tate Dominguez

    I have been following the workflow of this image with my own. Im learning a lot. I like the dodging and burning technique. Here is my result: 

  • Oliveros_con_uve

    sometimes I think you are high :)

  • Nicocomaillet

    A-MA-ZING JOB !!!!!! Always glued to your tutorials…

  • angelica

    loved it thanks

  • Laura Eddolls

    We got shown a pretty cool way to sharpen at university, only problem is it flattens your image. So what you do is you change your image mode to Lab colour, then you go on your channels and command click into your ‘lightness’ channel to make a selection, then invert that selection, then put an unsharp mask on that selection with amount-500 and radius-1, (we were told to do another unsharp mask on top with amount-55 and radius-30, but I thought that was too much), then deselect and put your image mode back to RGB mode :) Works well, but like I said, flattening the image isn’t really a good thing to do!

  • Johnny Viscidous Cancrena

    first try ever. i exaggerated a bit with the eyes, but i like that….

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