Well, I'd like to try to conglomerate another beaten to death topic; PHOTOSHOP.
I realize that people don't solely use photoshop, so this isn't limited to only photoshop. I just don't have any experience with Elements, Lightroom, Aperture, Gimp, Corel, etc. This will be a work in process to, please bear with me while I compile things together.
DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT THE THREAD TO ASK SOMEBODY TO LOWER YOUR CAR AND CHANGE THE WHEEL COLOR that thread can be found here: All Car Photoshop Requests Here
Use this thread to ask questions, and share knowledge. We all have to start somewhere, and if it weren't the help of you guys, I'd still be playing around with iPhoto (even though I've owned CS3 for quite some time).
So, Let us begin:
How do I sharpen photos?
I typically will use Unsharp Mask Filter or Luminosity Sharpening.
Unsharp Mask can be found:
-Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask
Amount: Determines the amount of sharpening applied
Radius: Determines how many pixels out from the edge the sharpening will affect
Threshold: Determines how different a pixel must be from the surrounding area before it's considered an edge pixel and sharpened by the filter
What Do I Set my Unsharp Mask to?
This will all vary, but from experience and reading, I have found that these presets have come in handy.
Sharpening Soft Subjects
Typically for sharpening close-up portraits.
When do I use Maximum Sharpening? Only when the photo is visibly out of focus and needs a heavy sharpening to bring it back into focus or the photo contains a lot of well-defined edges
-Command+J (Mac) or Ctrl+J (PC) to create a layer copy so that I don't affect the original image, in case I make a drastic mistake with anything
-Unsharp Mask Filter @ say 125, 1, 3.
-Go to Edit Menu and select Fade Unsharp Mask
-I usually leave this at 50% so that I get half the sharpening, and if it isn't enough, I'll just run this again. (I actually have this set as an action)
Actions, How do I Make them?
Actions are really awesome in that they allow you to apply particular settings that you typically use with frequency like web sizing an image, or running a particular sharpening on an image, or putting in your copyright watermark. Let's see how it is done.
-Go to Window Menu and Select Actions to bring up Actions Panel.
-Right next to the trash can icon is a Create New Action Icon. It looks similar to Create a New Layer icon.
-Clicking will bring up a Dialog: Name your Action accordingly. For the sake of illustration let's turn Websizing an image from a 300dpi image to a 72dpi image. Let's name it Web Sizing. Click OK.
-Hit the Record button, like you would see on a VCR (if you guys are "old" enough to remember them lol)
-Go to Image Menu, Select Image Size. Another menu will pop up. I have my resolution set to 300 pixels/inch. For webhosting, I will set it to 72 pixels/inch. Click OK.
-Now, let's sharpen the photo for web. You should remember, but if not. Fliter > Sharpen >Unsharp Mask @ 200%, .3, 0 and then click OK.
-You have websized your photos. You can take this one step further if you like by adding steps to Save as a jpeg or whatever format you like. You can even save it to a "FOR WEB FOLDER" or what not.
I will add more tutorials and photoshop ideas/techniques as I learn them. I have quite a few that I can put together, but will take me some time.
Modified by Paint_By_Numbers at 10:15 PM 7-5-2009