So sharp you just may cut yourself…

Earlier in the week (Read the article Extinguishing Software Anguish) I discussed just how powerful Photoshop is and how it may be the only piece of software you will ever need.  This week’s Free Tutorial surely emphasizes the notion that Photoshop alone, if you know how to use it, can be more powerful than any add-on plugin.  As you know, I do take requests for tutorials and this week’s tutorial was requested by my friend, and fellow HDR Insider, Jeffrey.

In an email, he mentioned it would be great to see the different ways to sharpen an image in Photoshop all in one nice little-packaged tutorial.  I thought this was a great idea and put together a rather extensive tutorial that showcases 6 methods to sharpen in Photoshop.  I don’t expect you to memorize each of these methods so I have included an Actions package with the 6 Methods all done for you!

This is quite a long tutorial so here are the Time Stamps if you would like to skip around:


Time Stamp

Introduction to Sharpening 00:45
Method 1: Unsharp Mask 02:43
Method 2: High Pass Sharpen 06:56
Method 3: Unsharp Mask + High Pass Sharpen 10:30
Method 4: Adobe Camera Raw as Filter 13:01
Method 5: Sharpen Tool + High Pass 17:11
Method 6: High Pass + Protection Measures 20:04
The Actions 23:01
Overview 28:01

These Actions were meant to be used at the end of a Workflow. The way they interact with your palette is by creating a Stamped Visible Layer.

You may get mixed results on a single layer palette.

Download the Sharpening Actions

Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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