Sharpen an Image
The first thing that we want to do is talk about sharpening. So I'm gonna click this image right here of this cat. This photo comes to us from unslash. I'm gonna go back over to this adjustment button. And we have the option here to sharpen. Sharpen is something, I think, you hear a lot of photographers talking about and wanting to sharpen their images and sharpen this and sharpen that. And I think, a lot of times, people are like, I don't really know what that means. Why am I sharpening my photo? When I think of sharpening, I think of knives. And I think, how does that apply to my photo? But, when we are shooting our digital images, there's some softening that happens to our image. And some images get it worse than others. Your lens can exaggerate that depending on the lens that you're using. So here, we have this picture of a cat, and you know, it looks great. It's probably coming from unslash. I'm sure it has received some sharpening already. But just to show you what happens when w...
e play with our sharpening. If I open this drawer here and I drag this slider around, this image really shows it because of the cat's fur and the texture that that has. So you can really see what I mean when I say sharpen. So the way that sharpening works is that it exaggerates the contrast between edges of things, which is kind of a lot of words but still give you a vague answer. So if I zoom in a little closer, you can see this is a cat's fur and I mean, this is overly sharpened so it's very exaggerated. If we dragged this down, you can see that's what we started with. And basically, when you sharpen an image, elements create the illusion of sharpness by exaggerating the contrast along the edges of things. That's basically just what it is. So you can use your sliders to adjust how much sharpening you want. And you can zoom in using the slider up here. I think it's a good idea when you sharpen your images to view them at around 100%. The quick way to do that I think if we grab our zoom tool over here and we click this button one to one, that means, well that's what I would think but, it's important to view that one to one so that you can evaluate if you're over sharpening. Because I can tell you that it's easy to do. So there is an example of way over sharpened. That's too much. And if you print that, it will just look weird. And you will know that that's been run through photoshop with a little too much excitement. So you don't wanna go too high with that. Just be gentle with it. I think less is definitely more and if you're not sure, I would air on the side of not doing maybe enough because it can just go bad really quickly. So that's what sharpening looks like.