How To Sharpen Image In A Minute Using Photoshop


In this Photoshop tutorial, I’ll show you how to easily and quickly sharpen images in a minute using Photoshop with the High Pass filter.

Sharpening image here means sharpening the edges around objects and leave everything elses. For example, you have an image with a clear object as your main point of view with blurred background. The high pass filter is able to determine all of the image edges and mostly will ignoring your blurred background.

For this tutorial, I used image from You can also use your own image. Let’s get started!

For the first step, while you have been opened the image in Photoshop, duplicate the Background layer by press Ctrl+J on your keyboard (for Windows). Then, right click on duplicated layer you just made and choose Convert to Smart Object. This will allows us to edit the layer content in a non destructive way.

When converting the layer to smart object, the layer thumbnail itself will look different from usually.
After that, you can now apply the high pass filter to the image by go to Filter – Other – High Pass. I used 7 px for the radius and then press Ok to close it.

There is only one you'll be set in High Pass filter, that is radius.
If you have another image, it may be applied with different settings for the high pass radius. But, it is not a matter since you have had a smart object layer because you will able to make adjustment or re-edited the setting whenever you want it by double-click on the filter effect name.

Filter effect name preview when applied the high pass in Photoshop
After you have applied the filter, now you have to change the blend mode to overlay to see how sharp you’ve gave to the image. In most cases, I usually use overlay or soft light blend mode to combine the high pass filter with the layer blend mode.

Here’s the final result.


That’s the end of tutorial of how to easily sharpen image in a minute using Photoshop high pass filters and combine it blend mode. Be sure to share this tutorial and also check others in this blog.

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