Have you ever edited and sharpened a photograph you wanted to print or post online only to have halos around the edges? Have you ever wanted to know how not to make that happen? If you answered yes, then this helpful video is for you.
Some might think the level of scrutiny that Joshua Snow has on his own images is more than enough. But to create world-class timeless pieces of art, this attention to detail is more than worth it. Having halos in images can be extremely annoying. I for one am bothered by this nuisance almost every time I process an image in the digital darkroom. Halos occur in Photoshop when there's high contrast between two objects in an image. They can appear also when pasting a selection from one image onto a completely different image. For example, a dark mountain against a light sky could produce a glow, or halo, around the outline of the mountain when edited in certain ways.
Like many techniques in Photoshop, there are many means to get to an end. In this tutorial from Snow, the artist breaks down one method of how to edit a photograph so that halos don't appear (or at least appear minimally, almost to the point of being unrecognizable). In order to do this, he uses layer and edge masking to hide the annoyance. If you aren't familiar with these terms or the concepts, fear not. Snow brings you through the steps one at a time so you can follow along and apply the technique to your own workflow.