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Sharp Dressed Man: sharpening techniques

Sharp Dressed Man: sharpening techniques


You’re about to learn some of the same sharpening techniques used by today’s leading digital photographers and retouchers. Okay, I have to admit, not every technique in this chapter is a professional technique. For example, the first one, “Basic Sharpening,” is clearly not a professional technique, although many professionals sharpen their images exactly as shown in that tutorial (applying the Unsharp Mask to the RGB composite—I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds good). There’s a word for these professionals—“lazy.” But then one day, they think, “Geez, I’m kind of getting tired of all those color halos and other annoying artifacts that keep showing up in my sharpened photos,” and they wish there was a way to apply more sharpening, and yet avoid these pitfalls. Then, they’re looking for professional sharpening techniques that will avoid these problems—and the best of those techniques are in this chapter. But the pros are busy people, taking conference calls, getting pedicures, vacuuming their cats, etc., so they don’t have time to do a series of complicated, time-consuming steps. So they create advanced functions that combine techniques. For some unexplainable sociological reason, when pros do this, it’s not considered lazy. Instead, they’re seen as “efficient, productive, and smart.” Why? Because life ain’t fair. How unfair is it? I’ll give you an example. A number of leading professional photographers have worked for years to come up with these advanced sharpening techniques, which took tedious testing, experimentation, and research, and then you come along, buy this book, and suddenly you’re using the same techniques they are, but you didn’t even expend a bead of sweat. You know what that’s called? Cool!


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