It's All in the Details

The controls in the Detail tab (Ctrl+Alt+2, ^+Option+2 on a Mac) contain a few little goodies that could easily be overlooked. Global adjustments include the Sharpness control, Luminance Smoothing, and the Color Noise Reduction control.

I find the Luminance Smoothing and Color Noise Reduction controls extremely valuable for cleaning up my images before getting them into Photoshop.

Figure 9-20 shows the Detail tab — and yes, a new raw image! To illustrate the controls in the Detail tab, I needed an image that needed a little help, so I decided to come back home from across the pond, back to the beloved Midwest. I chose this difficult image because it's hard to illustrate luminance and color noise in an image — this sunset was shot at a higher ISO of 400, so I was sure I could muster up some noise in the sky portions. (It's an Author's Prerogative.)

Figure 9-20: The Detail tab, ready to "improve" a sunset.
Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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