Learn about why sharpening is so important for helping your images look their best, wherever you decide to display them.
Tools & Techniques for Sharpening 6 Videos (1:05h)
01 - The Sharpen Tool
Learn all about the Sharpen Tool, the most basic method to apply sharpening in Photoshop.
02 - Automatic Sharpening
Automatic processes can sometimes be unpredictable, but in the right situations Automatic Sharpening can save you time while delivering great results.
03 - Unsharp Masks
One of the more popular techniques for sharpening images, learn how to use Unsharp Masks to apply professional level sharpening to a portrait.
04 - Smart Sharpen
Smart Sharpen is a newer tool in Photoshop that works similar to Unsharp Masks, but with some added benefits. Reduce motions blur and avoid sharpening unwanted areas like skin detail with Smart Sharpen!
05 - Sharpening with High Pass
Aaron's preferred method for sharpening. High-Pass Sharpening provides a wide range of flexibility, allowing you to build up effects, sharpen different areas of a photo at different levels, and the ability to make adjustments at any time.
06 - Reverse Sharpen
Similar to a blur, Reverse Sharpen reduces sharpening in an area of a photo, drawing more attention to the subject.
Sharpening Examples 4 Videos (1:02h)
01 - Correcting Focus Issues with Sharpening
As photographers, sometimes we miss focus. Fortunately, sharpening in Photoshop can help us rescue those details we need to create the photo that we imagined.
02 - General Sharpening
Follow along as we sharpen an entire image, enhancing details in our subject while reducing distractions in a busy background.
03 - Enhancing Landscapes with Sharpening
Sharpening isn't only for people and portraits. Learn to bring out all of the beautiful details in a landscape while helping the viewer's eyes take in the scene.
04 - Enhancing Portraits with Sharpening
If you're a portrait photographer or retoucher, sharpening is an essential part of your post-production workflow. Learn how to sharpen a portrait, enhancing details in some areas while avoiding too much detail in others.
Sharpening Workflow 3 Videos (38:34m)
01 - Best Practices
Sharpening is not a one-size-fits-all effect. Learn how to apply sharpening depending on the final size of an image and how to maintain a non-destructive workflow so that you can always go back and make changes.
02 - Using Photoshop Actions
Our Sharpening Actions can save you valuable time while delivering professional results. Learn how to install and use our action for fully customizable high-pass sharpening.
03 - Sharpening for Print & Web
The right amount of sharpening will change depending on image size and on whether or not it will be displayed on the web or in print. See how to prepare versions for both!
Beautiful details. Crisp edges. Stunning contrast. Give your photos a professional finish with sharpening in Photoshop.
Sharpen Any Image
DRAW ATTENTION TO DETAILS LIKE EYES
Sharpen Any Image in Photoshop
Make any image clearer. Sharpening is an essential step that adds depth and dimension to a photograph. Master the tools and techniques the pros use to sharpen an image in Photoshop.
The Details that Matter Most
Have you ever wondered how to properly sharpen eyes in Photoshop? What about hair, lips, or clothing? Not only do we cover the tools and techniques to perfectly sharpen an image, we also teach you what parts of a photo will benefit most from some extra contrast and clarity.
Skills for Any Photographer
Bring out the details in a mountain landscape. Highlight the craftsmanship in a bride’s wedding dress. Accentuate the color and depth in a model’s eyes. No matter what type of images you create, professional sharpening will help them look their best.
ENHANCE LANDSCAPES WITH SHARPENING
Photoshoots can be crazy and sometimes things go wrong. Missed focus? Need to get rid of some unexpected motion blur? Learn how to sharpen photos in Photoshop and take them from unusable to beautiful.
Add a Professional Finish
Give your photos the professional punch they need to catch a client’s eye or stand out on Instagram. Your photos deserve to be next to the best – we’ll help you get them there.
Work Faster with Our Sharpen Action
In the competitive world of photography and post-production, your time is valuable. Our exclusive Photoshop sharpen action will help you work faster and achieve professional results – without ever skipping a beat.
CORRECT OUT OF FOCUS AREAS
Guide the Viewer’s Eyes
Ever wonder how certain images pull you into a person’s eyes or guide you to the most important features in a landscape? Composition is key but sharpening can also have a huge impact on the photography. Learn to use sharpening to guide your viewer’s eyes to the things that matter most.
Crisp Edges, Stunning Contrast
Are your photos feeling flat? No problem! Use image sharpening to add contrast and depth to any picture. Separate your subject from the background or add a subtle dodge and burn effect to create shape and definition – all with the techniques that you’ll learn in this tutorial.
Photoshop Sharpening Tools
We start with the basics like the Photoshop Sharpen Tool. Then we walk you through using more advanced techniques like High Pass Sharpening and Unsharp Masks for even more flexibility and control.
SHARPEN PRODUCTS FOR MORE IMPACT
Threshold? Radius? Amount? What does it all mean?! One of the most popular tools for precision sharpening, understanding how to use Unsharp Masks will take your photos to the next level.
High Pass Sharpening
Learn Aaron’s preferred sharpening method. High Pass sharpening will give you the ability to apply several layers of subtle sharpening, each to different areas of a photo. Learn to sharpen hair, eyes, lips, and clothing, each individually and at different quantities.
When you need speed and the conditions in your photos are right, Smart Sharpen can give you amazing results in a fraction of the time. Learn the ins and outs of some of the automated tools in Photoshop that can very quickly and easily get your images looking great.
USE REVERSE SHARPENING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO SUBJECTS
As a working photographer, you know that half the battle is managing your time. In this tutorial, you’ll not only learn one of the most powerful photo editing techniques, but also how to fit it seamlessly into your workflow. From edit to export, we’ve got you covered.
If you have ever used image sharpening software that claims to deliver professional results, go ahead an uninstall it. Nothing comes close to professional Photoshop sharpening. Master the tools and techniques that your favorite photographers and image-makers use to bring their work to life.
Tips for Print & Web
Get your photos ready for the cover of your favorite magazine or impress clients with images that will look amazing on their website. No matter the application, our sharpening techniques will give your photos a professional edge.
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.
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