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Selective Sharpening in PS
Old 09-23-2007, 05:03 PM   #1 (permalink)

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My inexperience is going to show here but sometimes to get the job done you just have to put it out there and hope you don't get beat up too badly so here goes.

I did a shoot yesterday and a couple of the photos I got were against a somewhat "busy" background. Of course I opened the lens up to try and blow out the background and I was successful to a point but only to a point.

When I got the photos into PS I tried to selectively sharpen only the model or her upper body/face but I had limited success. I don't want to sharpen the entire image because of the background but I couldn't figure out how to efficiently and effectively do a selective sharpening (I tried the lassoo, the marque, etc) and I am hoping someone has done this before and can give me some pointers on how to do this and get good results.

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Re: Selective Sharpening in PS
Old 09-23-2007, 07:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is really pretty simple. I presented a tutorial some time ago called the Black Mask technique which is detailed here

In the tutorial I was showing how to selectively sharpen eyes. But simply do the same thing as in the tutorial to the whole model.


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Re: Selective Sharpening in PS
Old 09-24-2007, 02:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I second Roger on this. Learning to use masks is simple once you get past the basic concept and will kick your PS skills up several notches. As a bonus you can copy and paste masks so that they are repeatable on multiple layers. Use the same mask to selectively sharpen the model and then paste it into a new layer and invert it so you can selectively increase the blur on the background. This can all be done very quickly (especially with a tablet) once you have done it a couple of times.

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