Nobody likes it when they spend so many hours on photoshoots, but the images still come slightly blurred. Fortunately, Photoshop comes to the rescue in these situations. This guide covers various methods which will teach you how to sharpen an image in Photoshop.
When the information is lost, it can never be recovered. However, the following method uses the surrounding pixels to determine a pixel’s value and change it accordingly to make it sharper. Read along to find more about this.
Before you begin, remember to keep the process non-destructive. It simply means that you should perform the sharpening on a separate layer to protect the original.
Image Sharpening using Smart Sharpen
The first step after selecting the filter is to set the values.
As we said above, increasing the Amount of sharpening will particularly increase the contrast between edges giving the image more clarity. The value of Radius will decide how many pixels are affected around the area on which sharpening is applied. Similarly, Reduce Noise will keep the edges clear while reducing the noise.
The Remove option basically gives you three controls. First, Gaussian Blur which is used by the filter in the next method. Second, Lens Blur provides more sharpening by identifying edges. Lastly, Motion Blur, which as the name suggests, tries to remove any blur caused by movement. Moreover, you can use Angle to detect the direction of motion blur for precise clarity.
Image Sharpening using Unsharp Mask
After selecting the filter, you need to set the value for Radius. As the name suggests, it functions just like radius does in the earlier method. If you increase its value than it will affect more pixels, and the image will be clearer.
Now, you must set the sharpening Amount. As we discussed above, instead of edges, this method works with a threshold value. After the different pixels are found, this filter increases their contrast so that lighter pixels become lighter and darker become darker.
In this step, you must set the Threshold value. Here, you can even set a value or use the slider to figure out how much sharpening will occur. Pixels have 256 values ranging from 0-255. Hence, a value of 10 will mean that all neighboring pixels whose tonal values differ by 10 will be affected. It is also important to remember that the 0 value is the default, and it sharpens all the pixels.
Image Sharpening Using High Pass Filter
Lastly, you will learn how to sharpen an image in Photoshop using the High Pass filter. First, select this filter from the Other submenu in the Filter menu. This will turn your image into grey and highlights edges.
Conclusion - How to Sharpen an Image in Photoshop
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