It really depends on what you want to do with your images. The real question to ask is, how large do I want to this to print? Do I just need it for the web?
When you pull an image up close in editing you see it isn't perfectly clear and defined. So you sharpen it, clean it up. When you sharpen it you are cleaning up the pixels, changing them. And it looks great. Here is clue #1, you sharpen for the web. The web has smaller sized pixels so you work with it. When posting to social media the rule of thumb is to keep the *longest side pixel at 1200 with a resolution of 92.
Printing is a whole other process. You do not want to sharpen for print, especially larger prints. It can look spotty. When an image is printed large you are looking at the overall image as well, not studying every eye. Sometimes it's nicer to have a softer, more natural look to it.
For those in business already, you may want to educate your clients on this as well. I have had many clients ask why their full resolution images are not as clear and sharp as the first (web resolution) ones shown in the online gallery. I explain that the pixels are smaller and sharper where the full resolution the pixels are larger for printing.
* In Photoshop along the top menu go to Image : Image size. Put in 1200 along the longest side, width or height then to the right be sure to choose pixels. Resolution box: 92 and do click Resample : Automatic then click OK. Step 2, top menu again go to Filter : Sharpen : Sharpen. That's it!
Well here I am, moving on to videos! This video is short and sweet. Anyone can crop in Photoshop but using the straighten and content aware tool with it makes everything so much easier and faster. So check it out and be sure to comment below if you have any other cropping tips to share.
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