How to sharpen?

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How to sharpen?

How is the easiest way for a photoshop challenged person, like myself, to sharpen an image? I know mine need it, but I don't know how to do it properly without making it look crazy.

anyone? anyone? Smile

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Joined: 10/25/05
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you could download some actions? I have a few actions I made (to make it faster for me) that sharpen my pictures. Some look way over sharpened so I use the next and if that one still looks over sharpened I use the third. I know there are some sharpening actions out there though. I usually only sharpen for web. For print I rarely sharpen. I don't print that often though. Not here Smile

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"sweetalienchick" wrote:

you could download some actions? I have a few actions I made (to make it faster for me) that sharpen my pictures. Some look way over sharpened so I use the next and if that one still looks over sharpened I use the third. I know there are some sharpening actions out there though. I usually only sharpen for web. For print I rarely sharpen. I don't print that often though. Not here Smile

Oh my gosh, will this ever not sound Greek to me? Smile

Seriously thank you though!! I get what you are saying, it's just I have to seriously google every little thing. I understand what actions are, but as far as how to use them in Photoshop, I am totally lost!

And I have no clue how to even sharpen for web! I think I'm going to have to devote a few hours each week to going somewhere quiet away from DS and sit down and read and read and read one thing at a time until I understand it!!!

First thing - learn how to sharpen for web! Smile

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"newtomom" wrote:

Oh my gosh, will this ever not sound Greek to me? Smile

I'm with ya, sister! I am asking for PS for Christmas, and I'm almost scared that I will actually receive it, because if I do, it means I have to learn it, and I'm really nervous about that! It seems overwhelming, and I don't even have it yet!

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Joined: 08/23/07
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I use the automatic "sharpen" tool in my PSP usually; however there is also the "unsharp mask" tool that you can just play around with till you see what you like. It has 3 numeric adjustable settings to get precise results.

If all else fails, Picnik.com (via Flickr) has great capabilities for editing, including a sharpening tool that has a slider to get precisely how much or how little you need.

A sharpen "action" is nothing more than a saved sharpen setting. So if you can play around with the unsharp mask tool and find what you like, and write down the settings you got, that is the same as using an action next time you need it--you'll already know what setting(s) to use.

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Joined: 10/25/05
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I never read any books and such to learn Photoshop. I can't read stuff like that. I learn more by doing Smile so I just played around with Photoshop. Take a picture and pretty much just play around with it to see what every little thing does (don't save it though! duplicate it first just to be safe). That's what I did! And tutorials as well. Tutorials REALLY do help. Smile

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Joined: 11/07/07
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I use two different methods...

Unsharpen Mask (Enhance ->Unsharpen Mask). There are a lot of tutorials and suggestions for 'amount' of sharpening.

My most used option is High Pass Filter. This you have to duplicate the background layer, set to Overlay, and then go to Filter -> Other -> High Pass. This is just one control. Once you start seeing the image in the grey preview box, you know you've sharpened enough (generally).

There are SO many tutorials online (both written and video). You can learn just about ANYTHING out there.

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Joined: 11/02/07
Posts: 1306

I usually Unsharpen Mask.

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