In this post I want to share a simple 3 step process to create sharper images using Photoshop and the unsharp mask tool. Sometimes you want to increase the sharpness of your images in certain circumstances.
I recently recorded a lesson where I took one of my Digital Creations and showed how to give it a soft effect, which also looks nice. It depends on the look you are trying to achieve.
If you missed that video tutorial…click here to watch.
I usually like my images to have a smooth silky look, but there are times that I need to sharpen images for various reasons. One that comes to mind is when posting a picture on our NPB Facebook page. You may have noticed that when you upload to Facebook your images look compressed and softer.
I usually sharpen my images and use a few additional tricks to make sure my images look good on Facebook. If you missed that lesson click here.
So, let’s get to the sharpening lesson I recorded for you.
Watch the video below!
Here’s the simple steps I cover in the video tutorial.
- 1. Create a duplicate layer
- 2. Go to===Filters==>Sharpen===>Unsharp mask (Create desired amount)
- 3. Use opacity slider to adjust strength.
Bonus Tip: Make the sharpening amount a little stronger than you may want. This will allow you to adjust using the opacity to achieve your sharpness.
Here’s a screenshot of my settings I used for this example.
Once you are happy with the results, flatten and save your image. If you are creating the sharper version for Facebook, you should also make sure you don’t save over the original file. Always make a copy.
So, there you have it. 3 simple steps to sharpen your images in Photoshop.
I hope you enjoyed this lesson and you give it a try.
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FYI: If you are wondering what the portrait I used was called with the two babies, it’s…“Barnyard Buddies” and can be found in the club member’s area.
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