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Looking Glass

Sharpening for Print: Using Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask

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A two hour online live class with Rich Seiling, Master Printmaker and former Assistant Curator at The Ansel Adams Gallery.



This two hour online live class will be taught via Zoom on Thursday, September 15th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Pacific Time. 

Class Overview:

Join Rich Seiling, a Master Printmaker and former Assistant Curator at The Ansel Adams Gallery, for this incredibly useful Online Live class focusing on Adobe Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask. It is Rich’s tool of choice for sharpening images, and this Mini Clinic will walk you through how he uses it to make prints that feel sharp but not fake. 

Rich will show you his unique two step process that applies the necessary sharpening to different parts of your images, that will help reveal hidden detail, and bring out the full potential of your files. 

This is the same sharpening process Rich usees when making museum quality prints that are judged by the standards of experienced curators and professional photographers.  

This class will focus on sharpening digital camera photographs with a brief mention of suggested settings for film scans.


Rich’s technique requires Photoshop, but Lightroom users can also make use of it by round-tripping their files into Photoshop for sharpening then back to Lightroom for printing. Sharpening in Photoshop will open new possibilities for you; the software gives you much more direct control when preparing files for printing, which allows you to get better results.  In Rich’s opinion, Lightroom or Photoshop is not an “either or” decision. He believes you should embrace both and use the tools that you find work best instead of limiting yourself to one or the other.

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Looking Glass requires 72-hour notice of cancellation for a full refund.

About Rich:

Rich Seiling’s passion for capturing light and beauty with photography has led him on a series of adventures that have shaped his vision and view of the craft.  From a stint at The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite as an assistant curator, to his pioneering work in digital printmaking, founding of a leading fine art printing studio, and 22 years living in and photographing the Yosemite region of the Sierra Nevada, Rich has deeply explored the vision and craft of photography while continuing to express his own vision.

He learned photography in the darkroom, seeking to make prints with the rich tonal scale exemplified by the West Coast traditions of photography. But his frustration with color processes lead him to explore digital photography starting in the early 1990s.

Combining his darkroom knowledge with digital tools led to a process for making color prints of museum quality that pushed the process to new heights. His reputation for making vibrant yet realistic digital prints allowed him to help photographers like Galen Rowell, Jack Dykinga, Robert Glenn Ketchum, and many others, make the transition to digital fine art printing. With his team at West Coast Imaging, he has helped produce numerous museum shows, supplied prints for leading galleries, and done prepress for art books from publishers like Taschen and Houghton Mifflin. 

His simple yet powerful Photoshop workflow, tested on tens of thousands of prints at WCI, is in use by many top professionals, and has been taught to countless students across the country through workshops and lectures.

Working in both black & white and color, Rich strives to capture the profound beauty of nature and communicate it through vibrant, and sometimes large, prints. He considers himself a student of light, discovering its qualities and how it communicates the inherent realities of a subject, often seeking out fleeting moments of rare light that make the landscape sing its own voice.

Driven by the belief that each photographer has a unique story only they can tell, Rich teaches the art of photography through workshops and articles. His goal is to help students unlock their potential to tell their own stories by helping them gain control of the craft, expand their vision, and most of all, to experience the enrichment and joy that photography brings.

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