There are multiple ways to achieve the same thing in photoshop. Sharpening an image may sound easy enough to accomplish especially if you’re a seasoned designer, however, there were a few things that even I learned from this tutorial. Below are my notes. Check this video out and learn all the different ways to sharpen an image!

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  • Unsharp Making
    • Make duplicate Image layer / make smart object
    • Filter / Unsharp Mask
    • Don’t Sharpen till the image glows
  • Camera Raw Filter
    • Make duplicate Image layer / make smart object
    • Filter / Camera Raw Filter
    • Amount High / Radius Low
    • Y Icon at bottom shows before and after
    • Hold Alt/masking shows you where it’s applying
    • Basic / Clarity will increase sharpening
  • Sharpen Tool
    • Make duplicate Image layer / make smart object
    • Select Sharpen Tool from the toolbar
    • Make sure Protect Detail is selected
    • Brush in sharpening
  • High Pass
    • Make duplicate Image layer / make smart object / Name it Blur
    • Make duplicate Image layer / make smart object / Name it High Pass
    • Gaussian Blur / 3px
    • Filter / Other / High Pass / 3px
    • Blending mode / Linear Light
    • Create Group
    • Apply Mask / make all black
    • Brush in sharpness
  • LAB Method
    • Image / Color Mode / LAB
    • Channels / Lightness
      • Unsharp mask
    • Image / Color Mode / RGB
  • Mixed Method
    • Sharpen tool
    • Paint in sharpening areas
    • Filter / Other / High Pass / 2 to 3px
    • Linear Light
    • Turn down the opacity to lower the effect
  • Mixed Method 2
    • Make duplicate Image layer / make smart object
    • Filter / Camera Raw Filter
      • raise amount / radius / detail / masking
      • raise clarity
    • Double click for Layer Style
    • Blend if
      • Underlying Layer
        • lower blacks and whites
          • Hold down alt to move sliders for even more detail
  • Mixed Method 3
    • Sharpen Brush
      • 20% brush
      • paint in detail
    • Filter / Other / High Pass
      • Linear Light
      • tone it down using opacity

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