Photoshop Tutorial – Sharpen Your Photos

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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.

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Click on the photo for a bigger version.

Let’s begin
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.

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New layer.

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.

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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%.

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Sharpened image!!
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.

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Roll over the image to see a before and after.

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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 🙂


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  • Joll Burr January 17, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    ur amazing!well done!


  • LynSire ♛ January 18, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    Thank you 🙂

  • Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Hey sweetheart
    Great blog by the way!!
    Im a fan of photoshop and spent many times messing around with images I took. The only problem was, was that I didn't know exactly what I was doing and so gave up after a couple of months. The program I used was a trial so didn't cost anything to purchase.
    Im really pleased to have found someone who knows photoshop and has put up some good articles on what to do with all the different buttons etc. Please do more of these as Ill be reading and putting them to good use. I haven't got a full works of photoshop yet, have no idea which one to purchase, but when I do Ill put your tutorials to good use and show you the end results if you like 🙂

    Thank you so much, Big Hugs

  • Becky Ginther October 23, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Photoshop intimidates me, I will admit. I like your tutorial, it seems easy to follow and not too overwhelming so I may give this a try!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer October 23, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    I've always needed to work more with the photoshop editor. Thanks for these tips! We are having a link party and would love to have you link up! http://www.currentlykelsie.com/2015/10/the-alder-collective-link-party-3.html

  • Pierced Wonderings October 23, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    I have photo shop but like another commenter said, it intimidates me. I'm much more comfortable with Lightroom. I think, though that I can give this a try. Thanks for sharing!!

  • The Southern Thing October 23, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Great tip! I'm always trying to learn something new on Photoshop!

  • Rosalyn Osorto October 23, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Thank you!! I :))

  • Rosalyn Osorto October 23, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Thank you so much!! I really appreciate it :))

  • Rosalyn Osorto October 23, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Hehe, for me it's the opposite. I've tried Lightroom before but I find myself feeling restricted with the options. Thanks for passing by!

  • Rosalyn Osorto October 23, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    You're welcome!! I'm glad I was able to help :))

  • Renee Nicole's Kitchen October 23, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    I'm so new to Photoshop that I don't even know where to start. Thanks for posting, I'm pinning for later.

  • Anonymous October 24, 2015 at 2:45 AM

    Thanks for sharing such a helpful tutorial.

  • Rosalyn Osorto October 25, 2015 at 2:18 AM

    Thank you so much!! Glad I can help :))

  • Rosalyn Osorto October 25, 2015 at 2:18 AM

    You're welcome! Thanks for passing by :))

  • cristi wuenschel October 28, 2015 at 2:30 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial and thanks for linking up with The Alder Collective! Hope to see you again this week! Have an awesome night!

  • Rosalyn Osorto October 30, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Thanks!!! I have added my links once again! Have a lovely day :))

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