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Old 04-15-2014, 09:28 AM #1
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HOW TO: Quick effect - Higher contrast/more vivid

Hey guys, I've been a graphic designer for several years and have thus picked up several little tricks of the trade along the way. This one being one of my favorites. The result isn't anything too crazy but it gives photos a nice extra touch that helps to bring out the "grit" of the image, especially in paintball photos.

Original image (me a couple years ago)



Step 1:
- Save your file and open in photoshop
- Right click the layer and select "duplicate layer"


Step 2:
- Click the new layer so that it is selected
- Go to Filter > Other > High pass



Step 3:
- Play with the settings until you get them where you like. The goal here is to keep the "glowing outline" as under control as possible because the higher you make this setting the more blown out the photo is going to appear at the end. It is essentially taking the highlights and making them a tad brighter while making everything else more crisp



Step 4:
- With the same layer still selected direct your cursor over the top of the layers pane and click on the blending mode which defaults at "normal"
- Change this to "Overlay"




Before & After:
- This is subtle when finished, and thats the point!

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Old 04-15-2014, 06:53 PM #2
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Too heavy I think. Gentle application of wide radius USM looks better and requires less fiddling for actions.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:21 AM #3
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Too heavy I think. Gentle application of wide radius USM looks better and requires less fiddling for actions.
All in personal taste. It's also quite easy to adjust the opacity and thus the "heaviness" you speak of.

Also in larger sized applications the unsharp mask tends to get real grainy
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:09 PM #4
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Too heavy I think. Gentle application of wide radius USM looks better and requires less fiddling for actions.
USM sucks, ask any retoucher, high pass filter or bust. USM was designed to sharpen scanned files, not digital photos.

There is a step you're missing here. High pass by itself makes some terrible halo effects around edges. You need to create a layer mask on your high pass layer and use apply image to contextually sharpen the areas that need detail.

See here for more: http://reader.cogdogblog.com/syndica...-contextually/
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:47 PM #5
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Good call
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