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Sharpening a pic

Sometimes it may happen that you may want to fix a mistake in the focus of a picture.  This can be done in three ways, two with Photoshop and one with Gimp.  I will explain them all, but be warned  it won’t fix serious problems.

 

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First method

  • Duplicate layer  (Layer => Duplicate layer).  Now you have two layers looking exactly the same.  You’ll work on the top layer, been the original picture the background.
  • Apply the  “unsharp”  filter  (Filters => Sharpen => Unsharp Mask).  Despite the name, what it does is sharpening the image according certain parameters you select.
  • Regulate Amount, Radius, & Threshold.
  • Save the image by exporting to your favourite  (preferably JPEG).  This will flatten merging the two layers into one picture.

Second method

  • Duplicate layer  (same as before).
  • Convert the duplicated layer into a Smart Object  (Layer => Smart Object => Convert).
  • Apply High Pass filter  (Filters => Others => High Pass Filter).  Regulate the strength and accept.
  • Be careful when set the radius, too much will make the image look odd.  But don’t worry, if you make a mistake, just undo it and apply the filter again.
  • Now the image look all grey but this is easy to be fixed, whether applying a Photo filter  (Image => Photo filter)  or setting High Pass to Overlay mode  (see picture below).  Additionally, you can regulate the opacity
  • Export the image as explained before.

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Just one…

  • Apply the sharpening filter  (Filter => Enhance => Sharpen).
  • Play with the controls at will.  If you don’t like the result, just undo and start over.
  • Export your image as JPEG  (or other format)  with the highest quality.

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Yes, I did it on purpose.  I left the easier an more effective for the end.  Choose wisely.

 

 

 

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