How to sharpen your photos
Sharpening your photos can make a huge impact and there is no easier way to sharpen than our exclusive Photoshop actions.
To add sharpening to your photo, simply click on one of the eight included sharpening actions and press play. The sharpening effect will be instantly added to your photo non-destructively. Feel free to increase the amount of sharpening by stacking different actions together.
To lower the amount of sharpening on an image, lower the opacity of the sharpen layer, or change the high pass radius.
The included PHLEARN Sharpen Custom action allows you to choose your own level of sharpening.
Here are some tips and tricks for sharpening your images
- Selective Sharpen – to sharpen one are of your image, simply add a layer mask to the sharpen layer, and paint black where you don’t want to be sharpened.
- Stack Sharpening – Stack multiple layers of sharpening together for more effect. You can even do multiple layers of the same action, for instance use two +0.125 Sharpen actions.
- Resize before sharpening – For maximum impact, be sure to resize your photos before sharpening. If you sharpen a full-size photo and then scale it down for the web, your sharpening will also scale down, diminishing the effect.
After installation, double-click on the PHLEARN Sharpen Actions.
The sharpening effect will be instantly applied to your photos. Choose one of eight preset values for sharpening or apply custom sharpening with the PHLEARN Sharpen Custom action.
Quick Tip: Duplicate the sharpen layer for more effect, or lower the opacity for less.
How to Install Photoshop Actions
Follow the instructions below or watch our Quick Installation Video
- Save your actions in an easy to find location on your computer.
- Open Photoshop and go to the actions palette.
- If the actions palette is not visible, go to “Window”, then click “Actions” in the dropdown.
- In the top right corner of the actions palette, click on the small box containing an upside down triangle and 4 horizontal lines.
- From the drop down menu, select “Load Actions”.
- Navigate back to where you saved the actions and select the file ending in .atn.
- Click “Open” and your actions will load into the actions palette.