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


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


Thank you for sharing, this sounds very interesting!


Ummmm Don, nice tip. thanks for sharing


Thanks for the tip. It's helpful.


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


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


Hmmm very interesting! Thank you!


Cool, I learned something new again, thanks!


I like this idea as well


Good suggestion! Thanks, Don.


thats a great tip thanks!


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


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


Thanks Don, will also give this a try.


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


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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