A Little Bit Sharper

Over the last few years I have used many different Sharpening Techniques.  I have found some better than others, from the High Pass to the Unsharp Mask to the various Plugins.  All of these techniques are pretty great and do a decent job of sharpening.  However, I find myself making a lot of masks to block out areas I don’t want sharpened.

I was working on the photo below and knew I did not want the sky sharpened as well as some of the background elements.  Instead of using the traditional masking techniques, I used the Sharpen Tool…  I know of all things right, a tool that actually does what we sometimes make so difficult!

Curled-Tree2

I noticed that it worked really strong at 50% and was almost unusable, but instead of starting over I changed the Sharpened Layer into a High Pass Sharpen Layer….

EUREKA!  I was stoked by how well the High Pass layer worked on the already sharpened layer.  It refined the sharpening effect and made the tree look so real I could almost touch parts.

In this tutorial I will show you how it is done and there is also a downloadable action that does all the hard to remember stuff for you 🙂

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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 is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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