In the video tutorial below, I am going to show you how to use any sharpening method (including your own favorite one) and make it non-destructive so that it works in exactly the same way as High-Pass sharpening but with a much higher sharpening quality.
To download the free ‘Smarter Sharpen’ Photoshop action set and watch the bonus tutorial on how to use it, go to the Download section.
Photoshop’s High-Pass sharpening is still used by so many people for the mere fact that it offers an elegant way to apply sharpening non-destructively on a separate layer. The sharpening itself is not nearly as good as that of the best dedicated sharpening tools available today. But these tools (like Photoshop’s Smart Sharpen) are inherently destructive which affects your workflow negatively, limiting your flexibility and costing extra time.
So, the dilemma is that you can either have a fast, flexible workflow (with the High-Pass filter) or state-of-the-art sharpening. Having both at the same time seems to be impossible…
…but it’s not!
Here’s How to Sharpen Smarter in Photoshop
In a Nutshell…
We’re creating a copy of your image layer – let’s call it the ‘sharpen’ layer. To this layer, we’re applying the sharpening tool of choice. Then, we use the Apply Image command in Photoshop to subtract the original layer from the ‘sharpen’ layer and set the blending mode of the resulting layer to ‘Linear Light’. Done!
That’s how simple it is! Watch the video to see the whole process and a lot more about different ways to sharpen your images.
…oh, and download my free action set below to automate the process.
Download the ‘Smarter Sharpen’ Action Set
I decided to create a set of actions that allows you to automate this method in your workflow. The actions come with a set of pre-configured sharpening methods that you can easily turn on or off. You can even extend the action set with your own preferred sharpening method and have Photoshop apply it non-destructively.
Please watch the video below where I explain how to install, use and extend the action set.
Now it’s Your Turn…
If you have any question or suggestion, feel free to leave a comment below and let’s discuss it. What is your favorite sharpening method and what do you like about it? Have you tried the ‘Smarter Sharpen’ Photoshop Actions? Are they helpful to you?
It’d be awesome to hear from you!