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11 tips for better sharpening

Added on Saturday 22nd of September 2007 11:45 pm EST


Photoshop 7/CS/CS2/CS3

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


I really enjoyed the article “Bring out your image’s detail with High Pass sharpening,” in Volume 11, Number 5 issue of Inside Photoshop. I’ve always had trouble with the concept of sharpening. For example, knowing when to sharpen or if I even need to sharpen if I’m just printing to a desktop printer. I also get very confused when I use the Unsharp Mask filter. Do you have any insight or any more sharpening tips to offer?


We’re very glad you enjoyed the article. Sure, we’ve got some more tips that you may find useful, in fact, here are the tips and techniques we use most often when  it comes time to sharpen:

1.       Sharpening should always be the last image adjustment you make, right before you save your final version.

2.      Always view your image at 100% magnification when applying sharpening. Zooming in or out can give you a false idea of the sharpening effect.

3.      Sharpening can’t improve focus. It can only accentuate the edge detail you already have.

4.      Images that have been down-sampled (reduced in size or resolution) should be sharpened to compensate for the interpolation effect.



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