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Calvin Hollywood sharpening technique using surface blur...
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Dec 18, 2016 14:15:32   #
Rongnongno (a regular here)
 
Not long ago a great thread was created here. The admin froze it in the gallery which is too bad. This is why I post this here, again, under an informative/sort of tutorial.

I was not aware of the technique used for sharpening and looked it up.

I do not know how it works with other software than PS CC but I am sure there is something similar.

This was created by Calvin Hollywood, from Germany. Note this not new since it was first published in 2012.

Basically this technique use layers, a group and blend modes.

It is surprisingly effective.

Download the 'original' to check the difference between before and after. Flip between the two.

You basically take an image, duplicate it twice (Ctrl-J * 2) select these two layers and place them in a group (Name that thing whatever you like).

Set the group blend mode to overlay.
Open the group. Select the top layer. Set the blend mode to 'Vivid light'. Invert the layer (Crt-I). Convert this layer to smart object (more flexible this way).

Select the filter 'Blur surface' and adjust. Use your own number there and experiment. Note that is you select more than 20 in the threshold you will get a hallow around objects so you may want to avoid doing that.

There is no more to it.

Sources:
WEB site article 1, 2.
Calvin Hollywood Youtube.

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Dec 20, 2016 20:10:14   #
bdk (a regular here)
 
I think I saw the same thing on a youtube video or???? Not sure where, I will try it when I get a chance and will post here
Im always looking for better ways to do things.
Id love to see a spot here where people could post short cuts, special effects, tutorials like above......
Im going to take a Photoshop course in January, that will be fun. I just hope its NOT, this is a computer, this is a mouse type this is how you load the program.

Thanks for posting
Dec 20, 2016 22:11:21   #
Rongnongno (a regular here)
 
bdk wrote:
I think I saw the same thing on a youtube video or???? Not sure where, I will try it when I get a chance and will post here
Im always looking for better ways to do things.
Id love to see a spot here where people could post short cuts, special effects, tutorials like above......
Im going to take a Photoshop course in January, that will be fun. I just hope its NOT, this is a computer, this is a mouse type this is how you load the program.

Thanks for posting

I posted a youtube link... And other sources.
Dec 21, 2016 07:37:57   #
Linary
 
bdk wrote:

Id love to see a spot here where people could post short cuts, special effects, tutorials like above......
Im going to take a Photoshop course in January, that will be fun. I just hope its NOT, this is a computer, this is a mouse type this is how you load the program.

Thanks for posting


There is a spot - the Post Processing section!
Feb 9, 2017 15:07:13   #
Rongnongno (a regular here)
 
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Feb 10, 2017 09:39:50   #
Jim-Pops
 
This is very interesting. I'm always looking for different ways to sharpen a picture or part of a picture.

I did something a bit different to compare your two versions. On your first picture I opened the download. I then opened a new page in my browser and looked at history to open your page again. I then opened your second download. I can change the size of my browser windows and make them match and then slide them around to compare the two. This is a quick way without downloading and opening in another program to compare. Might be a different way for people to compare images on the web.
 
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