Last updated on February 19, 2023
Give your photos a sense of sharpness!! There are always tons of different ways to achieve a certain look in Photoshop. But today I’ll share with you one of my ways to sharpen your photos to create a crisp, and clear image. For this tutorial, I’ll be using Photoshop CS3 (You can also apply this technique with any version of Photoshop that you have.)…
Select an image.
I’ll be using this one. It was taken by me at a local public park and you can use mine as well for practice.
|Click on the photo for a bigger version.|
Open your image in Photoshop. Duplicate your image. For a shortcut press Control + J on a PC or Cmd + J if you have Apple. Another way is to go to your Layer > Duplicate Layer…, go ahead and click ok when a pop-up appears. You should notice a new layer in your Layers Palette.
Let’s use a filter…
Let’s use a filter called High Pass! This is the main trick, so go to Filter > Other >> High Pass…
For this image, we’ll go for a radius of 4.0 pixels. Depending on your image, select a radius where some of the details are visible. Click ok, and you’re going to end up with a gray image.
Change the blend mode.
For the blend mode in the Layers palette, you can choose any of these: Overlay, Soft Light, or Hard Light. For this image I selected Overlay. Now it’s sharpened! You will see the difference but if you feel like it’s way too sharp you can always bring down the opacity. I’ll bring mine down to 80%.
Basically, that’s all! Go ahead and Flatten your image. Do so by going to Layer > Flatten Image. Just for a boost of color, I went ahead to Image > Adjustments >> Auto Color.
Roll over the image to see a before and after.
This was my first Photoshop blog tutorial. I hope it was easy and fun to follow. If you have any questions you can leave a comment and I’ll answer as soon as possible. Thanks for reading 🙂