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Unsharp Mask in PS comes up the same in all my photos
Old 01-04-2005, 10:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I can adjust the image but is it normal for PS to remember your last photo and apply that mask rate to your next image?
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Re: Unsharp Mask in PS comes up the same in all my photos
Old 01-04-2005, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes. Unless you experience a lockup where you are forced out of PS, the prior settings will remain on Unsharpen Mask continually. However, in the case I mentioned above, those settings -- along with all others (tools, etc.) will revert to the default settings of the program.

While on the subject, here's a nice feature you may not be aware of. Using the hotkeys to access Levels (Ctrl + L) you can set the adjustments as you'd like. To use those exact settings the next time, just hold down the Alt key in addition to the two earlier mentioned (so in this case Alt + Ctrl + L). These will also stick around (even after closing and reopening PS), as well.

Adding the Alt to many of the other hotkeys has the same effect on other setting (like Adjust Hues/Saturation, Curves, etc.)

Good luck with it,
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Re: Unsharp Mask in PS comes up the same in all my photos
Old 01-05-2005, 12:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Dave, thanks for the response. Also, just another question. When using the Unsharp Mask, I'm usually around 240 - 350, is that about average? Also, please take a look at my photos and let me know if you think they are to soft, I have not calibrated my monitor yet and they look soft to me. Thanks
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Re: Unsharp Mask in PS comes up the same in all my photos
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Actually, the Unsharp Mask settings I typically use are, from top field to bottom (saves me opening up PS right now to see actual field names ... lol):

75 (more or less depending upon image)
2.0
6

Gives those a look and see how they work for you.

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Re: Unsharp Mask in PS comes up the same in all my photos
Old 01-05-2005, 02:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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When you go into filters if your last filter used was Unsharp mask it will appear at the top of the pull down menu. If you just click on it here it will apply the same setting you used previously. In order to apply new setting go to Filter/sharpen/unsharp mask and you will be back in the unsharp mask filter utility and you can make your adjustments.
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Re: Unsharp Mask in PS comes up the same in all my photos
Old 01-05-2005, 02:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I hardly ever take the amount above 100%. I think the highest I've ever used is 150%. I've read several articles on USM. Most seem to give more emphasis on the radius. They all seem to agree that you should not go over 1. I get really nice results with a .5 to .8 at the most. I leave the threshold at 0 or 1.
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Re: Unsharp Mask in PS comes up the same in all my photos
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Wade, thanks, I will play around with those numbers also.
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Switch to LAB from RGB for USM.
Old 01-09-2005, 05:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Somewhere else I read that it's best to change from RGB to LAB and turn off the A & B channels...do your USM on the base image...then change back to RGB. Doing this you are only dealing with the Alpha pixels (shades) and not affecting the color pixels (hues). You might like the effect.
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Re: Switch to LAB from RGB for USM.
Old 01-09-2005, 11:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes. Unsharp Mask to me in Lab Color Mode by clicking on the Lightness Channel works well in most cases. However, I stopped using this sharpening technique when I learned other techniques from Robert Sanders.

In Lab Color in the lightness channel, You also may like the tonality of the gray-scaled' image as well, to copy it and create a grey-scale image from there.

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Old 01-14-2005, 02:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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JT, thanks for the info. Hey, I hope to attend a workshop of yours some time soon. You do great work!
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