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I know there are lots of photographers out there like me who worked very hard to take a shot and loved it the most. But when reviewed it on their laptop or PC before submission to the site, felt lack of DETAILS in that shot and went into frustration over the result of hard work. As most of the photographers don't know the exact method to increase the Details by Sharpening the images so that it does not produce unnecessary noise and other unwanted things due to the sharpness. Because sharpening to enhance Details in a image technically, is a bit complicated process and besides that over-sharpening may ruin your shot further and let that shot delve into rejection for many reasons. But there is no need to worry, there is one easiest method to sharpen your image in Photoshop which would dramatically improve the details in your shot within just few simple steps and the good news is that it is not a rocket science. Even if you have the basic skills of Photoshop, you can achieve the goal of sharpening the images very easily. The method is this:-

1. Open your image in Photoshop.

2. Duplicate the image by pressing CTR. + J in PC OR OPT + J in Mac so that you may not ruin you image or we call it Non-destructive editing in technical language.

3. Go to the FILTERS Drop down menu which is located on the top most bar of the Photoshop and click OTHERS then choose HIGH PASS and small window box would pop up, which would give an option to increase or decrease the value slider of RADIUS TO PIXEL.

4. Increase the Value by sliding the value slider to the right depending on your desired details Click OK!

you might get shocked at this time because your image must have turned into some absurd grey colored layer. But don't panic here is the next step which would give you the sigh of relief.

5. Go to the LAYERS BLENDING drop down option which is located on the lower right corner of your PC or Laptop screen. Default mode is NORMAL. Just click the OVERLAY option and there you go. Your Image has got lots of Details easily.

But if you still feel that sharpening has been enhanced too much details based on your selection of RADIUS value in the HIGH PASS Filter, don't worry, just lower the OPACITY, which is situated just next to the Layers Blending mode on the lower right corner of your PC or Laptop Screen, from 100% to whatever you feel right for your.

And if you feel the above process is too complicated, just re-read it and you would be easily able to comprehend the simple process. And last but not least always remember, "EVERYTHING IS HARD BEFORE ITS EASY!"

This is my first Blog and please do comment about the tutorial and I would try to improve next time and would bring more tutorials in simple steps. Thanks! for reading!

Photo credits: Harshvardhan.

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June 15, 2013


cool tip! thanks for sharing.

June 15, 2013


Awesome .. Thanks for sharing ....

April 23, 2013


Amazing, thank you for sharing this!

April 22, 2013


Thanks for sharing your good advice Harsh. Cheers!

April 21, 2013


This is fantastic...thank you for sharing.

April 18, 2013


Great tutorial, thanks! I learned something today :-)

April 14, 2013


Nice one,thanks for sharing,i'll defenetly try this one!

April 14, 2013


thanks for reading and sharing ! I have never tried Vivid Light option. I will do and share my results.

April 14, 2013


I used high pass filter for 3 years. Ususally change layers blending from NORMAL to VIVID LIGHT. Looks more colourful than overlay. Try and share opinions.

April 03, 2013


Thank you for sharing!

April 01, 2013


Useful, thank you!

April 01, 2013


Great blog, thanks for sharing....

March 30, 2013


I just tried and
never used before. Thank you very much! It's really useful. Also thanks to Tacrafts for the tip to 10 pixels in step 4.

March 30, 2013


Good one. I use it to enhance specific areas combined with a mask.

March 30, 2013


Great tip! Thank you :)

March 30, 2013


I have been using this for a couple of years, I find in step 4 the best results are with moving the slider to radius 10 px. as a good starting point. In fact I rarely move it off 10px.


March 29, 2013


I liked the results, used it on my last submission, lets see what the reviewer says...
Thank you!

March 29, 2013


wow! I just tried!
never used before. Thank you very much!

March 28, 2013


Well done! :)

March 28, 2013


Tried great, thanks for the tip. Easy to understand and I saved in photoshop actions. :)

March 28, 2013


I have never tried this. Will see what happens.
I usually do a sharpening of 25px for regio-specific contrast adjustment. It looks like a detailed image even though that's just a feeling.
Quality + details.
I'll check this out next!

March 27, 2013


Great tip, thanks for sharing!

March 27, 2013


Thanks for sharing!

March 27, 2013


Nice! Thanks for sharing!

March 27, 2013


This is fun! :) I tried...thanks

March 27, 2013


Thanks for your sharing!

March 27, 2013


Good article and very easy to understand. Thank you for the quick tutorial!!

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