How to sharpen an image in Photoshop 2020 ?

Learn how to sharpen an image in Photoshop Elements without exaggerating background noise or color.

While we don’t have the power to show a totally out-of-focus shot into a pointy one, or a minimum of not for the instant anyway, we are ready to make a pointy shot look razor-sharp… or turn a rather soft image into a passable one.

Sharpening may be a key a part of the editing process, but what you’re actually doing is boosting contrast around hard lines and edges in your shot to boost the perceived level of sharpness. this will be wiped out various way in Photoshop CC or Photoshop Elements 2020, and we’ll be using the latter for this tutorial.

The steps are identical in both pieces of software. We’ll be employing a High Pass layer for the sharpening effect and this provides you the additional control of having the ability to dial the effect down if it’s too strong. We’ll also use a layer mask, so you’re only sharpening important details, just like the eyes of this portrait, and not making noise more prominent.

How to sharpen an image in Adobe Photoshop 2020?

01 Remove imperfections

The first thing to try to to is to get rid of any blemishes and imperfections on the skin with the Spot Healing Brush Tool, otherwise these will become more exaggerated when sharpened.

02 Duplicate your layer

Head over to your Layers panel by getting to Window > Layers – it’ll appear on the proper of the interface. Now, hit Ctrl + J on a PC, or Cmd + J on a Mac, on the keyboard to duplicate the Background Layer.

03 Create a high pass layer

Next, head to Filter > Other > High Pass and set the Radius amount within the High Pass dialogue box to a coffee value, around 3-5px usually works well. Now hit okay to apply your sharpening effect.

04 Remove the colour

Your high pass layer currently features a bit of color it, which can distort the colours of your picture when blended. to prevent this happening attend Enhance > Adjust Color > Remove Color.

05 Blend it in

Now it’s time to blend within the high pass layer to sharpen your shot, so head to the Layers panel and click on on the drop-down box that says Normal, this is often your Blending Mode, and alter it to Overlay.

06 Mask it off

Click on the Add Layer Mask icon and hit Ctrl / Cmd + I to totally mask off the layer. Then use a soft-edged white Brush Tool to color over the parts of your shots you would like to sharpen just like the features of the face.

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