Reduced Noise Sharpening Method

Here’s a sharpening technique that allows you to provide a relatively noise and artifact free sharpening to an image without using the standard Photoshop sharpening filters.

First make a duplicate layer of the original background layer by typing Ctl J (PC) or Cmd J (Mac). On the filter tab go to Filter/Other/High Pass. The image will appear as a grayscale image with accentuated edges. Adjust the slider at the bottom of the high pass filter dialog box to from approximately 1.0 to 3.0 or until a sufficient amount of edge detail is visible on the image. Then click ok to apply the filter.

Then with your duplicate layer highlighted, change the mode (box at the top of the layer panel) from ‘Normal’ to ‘Overlay’ or ‘Soft light’. (Overlay is a bit stronger of an effect). You can then adjust the strength of the layer sharpening by changing the opacity of the layer using the ‘Opacity’ slider on the upper right of the dialog box.

This effect tends to sharpen mostly prominent edges and ignores the open areas like sky and large smooth areas of relatively low detail.

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Louisdreamtimes

Really really great tips... Hope I can make more amazing photos for my 11x17 paper treval-story albums.

Aviahuismanphotography

Great tip! Thank you!! >^.^< .

Gaja

Thank you for sharing, this sounds very interesting!

Creativei

Ummmm Don, nice tip. thanks for sharing

Jameskho

Thanks for the tip. It's helpful.

Revensis

Thank you very much! This is what I need now.

Photobunnyuk

That's the only way I ever sharpen, its so much better for bringing out detail in an image :D

Asyan

Hmmm very interesting! Thank you!

Jeniicorv8

Cool, I learned something new again, thanks!

Patl

I like this idea as well

Maigi

Good suggestion! Thanks, Don.

Keki

thats a great tip thanks!

Kikkerdirk

Thanks a lot! I gives very nice results! ;)

Mani33

Nice! I have to try this... Thanks ;)

Fultonsphoto

Thanks Don, will also give this a try.

Cmarshall717

Great idea! I'm going to have to try that.

Fleyeing

Brilliant idea. I still do the super sharpening in the LAB lightness channel to avoid halos and the high pass just for effects. Should try this one. Thanks.

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