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Librodo and Luko Image Sharpening Technique

Photoshop offers a variety of tools, filters, and masks that give you fine control over image sharpness (or blur).

Sharpening enhances the definition of edges in an image. Whether your images come from a digital camera or a scanner, most images can benefit from sharpening. The degree of sharpening needed varies depending on the quality of the digital camera or scanner. Keep in mind that sharpening cannot correct a severely blurred image.

Two of the world’s top photographers shared with us (through the internet) their post processing workflow. So before we go into details the process, let us first discuss who developed the sharpening technique.

Who is Manny Librodo?

From Gulf Photo Plus:

Manny was a full-time teacher at an international school in Bangkok where he discovered his passion for photography, and where the rest of the online world discovered his unique “purely ambient light” approach to glamour, fashion, and travel portraiture.

Named by Scott Kelby in 2010 as one of the Top Five photographers in the world (that you’ve never heard of), Manny holds annual photography workshops worldwide including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Toronto, Quebec, Dubai, Kuwait, Sydney, Melbourne, Egypt, Singapore, the Philippines, etc. Manny has an uncanny ability to spot ambient light on the set and render them artistically onto his photographs. This style is so unique, and his photographs so compelling, that many professional photographers the world over have flown to Bangkok to spend a weekend shooting & learning from him.

Manny’s captivating photographs regularly top online photography competitions. In addition, they’ve graced numerous UNICEF calendars, commercial work, international magazines, and the covers of some of the world’s leading photography publications (Asian Geographic and the Digital Photographer Magazine.)

Check him out at facebook and pbase

Who is Luko GR?

From his flickr account: Luko GR

Living in Paris, raised in the South Pacific, Vanuatu -kantri blong mi-, dreaming of South Eastern Asia. My interests are definitely traveling the furthest away I can, scuba diving and mixing it all with photography.

Currently I am more interested into underwater photography, though I have a been doing topside street; or travelphotos for a long time (Max Pam, HCB admirer here… also Pinkhasov, Parke, Towell, Webb et alii.. in short, all the good guys from Magnum plus my good friend Sorhab Hura recently. Magnum nominee)

Absolutely not a gearhead but you would have to take my Leica M6 or my EOS dSLR from my cold dead hands.

I used to waste my nights in my fully equipped home darkroom, mixing all sorts of hazardous chemistry with dubtious printing papers of various sizes from Eastern Europe.
Though everygood thing comes to an end: must say it’s over now… I couldn’t stand the smell any more…

Check him out on trekearth and flickr

The Image Sharpening Technique

Manual Processing through PhotoShop

  1. Duplicate layer.
  2. Unsharp Mask ( Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask…) and enter Amount 18, Radius 40, Threshold 0 -> OK
  3. Unsharp Mask ( Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask…) and enter Amount 150, Radius 0.3, Threshold 0 -> OK
  4. Edit > Fade Unsharp Mask: Opacity 100% and select Darken in the Mode dropdown list -> OK
  5. Unsharp Mask ( Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask…) and enter Amount 150, Radius 0.3, Threshold 0 -> OK
  6. Edit > Fade Unsharp Mask: Opacity 50% and select Lighten in the Mode dropdown list -> OK
  7. Flatten Image (Layers > Flatten image) likewise Apple-E (PC: Ctrl-E) also works.

For advanced users

Here are the important things you need to do:
Background copy
USM 18-40-0
USM 150-0.3-0
Edit > Fade USM 100% in Darken Mode
USM 150-.3-0
Edit > Fade USM 50% in Lighten Mode
Flatten Layers

Photoshop Action

You can download the Photoshop Action here:Librodo_Luko. Go ahead and try it out with your photos and tell us what you think.

Sample Images

From our favorite fashion photographer Oliver Ian Ebol

Before:
Go Inspire Me - Librodo_Luko.atn

After:
Go Inspire Me - Librodo_Luko.atn

Before:
Go Inspire Me - Librodo_Luko.atn

After:
Go Inspire Me - Librodo_Luko.atn

Sample images from our own shots.
Before:
Go Inspire Me - Librodo_Luko.atn

After:
Go Inspire Me - Librodo_Luko.atn

Before:
Go Inspire Me - Librodo_Luko.atn

After:
Go Inspire Me - Librodo_Luko.atn

Copyright belongs to their respective authors. Credits to them.

JD Obedoza
Frustrated Graphic Artist. Frustrated Photographer. Frustrated Blogger.
http://www.jdgonemad.net

23 thoughts on “Librodo and Luko Image Sharpening Technique

  1. I have been trying to learn how to use Photoshop. I have the basics down so this is perfect for me.

  2. What a cool technique! My bf does all the editing for my photos but I always like to learn new things myself. I will have to give this a try and see if my photos will look clearer 🙂 xo, sharon

  3. Omg iay say this post is a heaven sent! Book marking this because i would love to learn more about Photoshop 🙂

  4. This is extremely helpful for me! I am still learning my way around photoshop, so I’ll definitely try the techniques shared. Great that it is in a step by step guide too!

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