Removing Sharpening Halos

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You can remove sharpening halos in your photographs through the careful application of the right types of software. Learn about removing sharpening halos with help from an experienced photography professional in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi. I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media, and today I'm going to show you how to remove sharpening halos. Now for this we're going to need to jump into our photo editing software. So let's get to it. All right. So this is the image I'm going to use to show you how to remove sharpening halos. Now the sharpening halos are these glowing-like streaks that are appearing around our subject here. Now some people like them, some people don't. But either way I'm going to show you how to remove them. So, first thing we're going to do is go ahead and select the layer and we're going to go ahead and click duplicate layer. Now that's going to allow us to edit the photo without actually doing any harm to the background image. So, we're going to go ahead and select our clone stamp tool, and change the blending mode to darken. Now I'll just go ahead and remove this around the ear just so you guys can see what this does. So let's go ahead and zoom in here, and a little bit more. Now what we're going to do is go ahead and just sample off from here. Now what this will do as you can see is make these disappear. Take this away just like so. Now there's a lot of different things that you can continue to do from here. Another which is being as you can see these bands that are appearing here. We can go ahead and change our blending mode to normal. And then we can go ahead and go in here and remove those as well, so just really clean that up. Now go ahead and zoom back out. It's not perfect but as you can see, sharpening halo is now removed. And that's how we remove sharpening halos. I'm Dan Reinecke. Take your best shot.


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