Increase Your Photoshop Results By Two Thumbsin Reviews: Books, Lessons, Workshops
By ringotaylhardat/Ringo (669)
on March 9, 2003 7:28:19 PM CST
OverviewHave you ever tried using the unsharp mask and found that it improves some aspects of your picture but you loose texture and some distracting whites were added? Do you sometimes feel frustrated not knowing whether to use the unsharp mask or not? What about wanting to use different levels for the sky and the subject?
FeaturesI want to share a new method of sharpening images, adding different levels and changing the contrast while still keeping the desirable texture. WARNING - You photoshop experts might yawn and not really find my article to be a breakthrough. But for you intermediates and advance users like myself, will find this article very useful. WARNING - You beginners and non photoshop users might have a hard time understanding what I am talking about!
PerformanceWhen opening your photograph from a digital camera via, cards or portable hard drive. Try keeping your raw file as that! Go to the layers section and select a duplicate layer. Use as many duplicate layers as desired for different effects. You can use the unsharp mask on a duplicate layer and allow the two pictures to blend. This way you will have sharper lines while retaining the texture. You can also use the erasure to delete information deemed undesirable. Using a duplicate layer can also solve another problem such as having two distinct level systems in the same picture. For example you might want to darken the sky, and brighten the object. Use one set of the duplicate layers for the sky and another for the object. Erase information leading to what might remain. And blend all three pictures. DONE
ConclusionWell try it and then let me know how it worked. As for me I feel that my photographic output increased by two thumbs due to using duplicate layers as a mean of manipulating my pictures. I hope you feel as enthusiastic by the results in using this method, I find that my output has increased dramatically Cheers, Ringo
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