Photoshop CS5: Sharpen images with an action.Posted: October 6, 2011 | |
Today I would like to show you how to sharpen your images faster and easier. We all need to sharpen our images after we’ve cleaned them up. It can be so monotonous…but not when you record an action in Photoshop!
Tip: I always use the search tool in Photoshop if I can’t remember where the tool is 🙂
Photoshop has pre-made actions for you to play with, but when you find yourself continually doing the same steps on your images, then it’s time for you to record an action! Click on Window>Actions, you’ll see this:
Click on Custom to see more options:
Now that I’ve shown you all of that let’s record a sharpening action:
Open any image in Photoshop CS5 to get this started.
As you can see in the red circle there are several icons, just hover over them with your mouse to see what they are. This basically is the area where you will make a new action, record it, and save it. Click on the second to the last icon (next to the trash can) to start your action.
You can set defaults, assign a color & function key, but today I left all of that alone.
Now click on the record button (remember I showed you the area in the red circle above):
Next duplicate layer:
Name that layer Sharpen:
Make sure that layer is highlighted:
Next click on the area I show in the red circle and click on Insert Menu Item:
You will see this pop up…don’t do anything yet:
Go to Filter > Other > High Pass…after this click on the ok button above.
Click on STOP:
Now you are ready to use the sharpening action. Open any photo and go back to actions. Click on the play button and you’ll see it run.
Here is a sample of the high pass layer. A good place to start for sharpening is in the 3ish area but it really depends on your image.
Now add a quick mask to the layer so you can change-up your adjustments with the mask and change your layer to soft light. You can also use hard light for more sharpening or overlay, which is what I did.
What I like about this is that you can use the mask to adjust areas of your choice instead of adjusting the whole image.
My completed image:
I focused on the middle of the flower. With Macro photography you really want the sharpened area looking good. That’s where your client’s eyes will go to first.
Specializing in Macro & Close-up Photographs.
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