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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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June 08, 2012

Louisdreamtimes

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

February 23, 2010

Aviahuismanphotography

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

October 04, 2009

Gaja

Thank you for sharing, this sounds very interesting!

October 04, 2009

Creativei

Ummmm Don, nice tip. thanks for sharing

September 25, 2009

Jameskho

Thanks for the tip. It's helpful.

September 23, 2009

Revensis

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

September 21, 2009

Photobunnyuk

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

September 19, 2009

Asyan

Hmmm very interesting! Thank you!

September 18, 2009

Jeniicorv8

Cool, I learned something new again, thanks!

September 18, 2009

Patl

I like this idea as well

September 18, 2009

Maigi

Good suggestion! Thanks, Don.

September 18, 2009

Keki

thats a great tip thanks!

September 18, 2009

Kikkerdirk

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

September 18, 2009

Mani33

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

September 18, 2009

Fultonsphoto

Thanks Don, will also give this a try.

September 17, 2009

Cmarshall717

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

September 17, 2009

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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