How to sharpen photos in Photoshop

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If your photo is blurry, don't worry, we can completely sharpen the image in Photoshop. With the combination of many different tools, your photos will become much sharper and clearer. Please join SaDesign to see details on how to do this through the sharing below.

How to sharpen photos in Photoshop

If your photo is blurry, don't worry, we can completely sharpen the image in Photoshop. With the combination of many different tools, your photos will become much sharper and clearer. Please join SaDesign to see details on how to do this through the sharing below. 

sharpen photos in Photoshop

To make a blurry photo sharper, you need to do the following steps: 

Step 1: First we need to download the blurry photo that you want to sharpen in Photoshop it up.

download the blurry photo that you

Step 2: On the menu bar, select Window => Action.

Action

In the Actions panel, select Create a new action.

select Create a new action.

Step 3: Duplicate the background layer by pressing Ctrl+J and hide the copied layer. This copy will allow us to quickly compare versions.

Duplicate the background layer

Step 4: Go back to the background layer and duplicate it again to have a copy background layer. Right click on this layer and select Convert to Smart Object. We will be able to adjust the filters after adding them.

duplicate it again

Step 5: Go to Filter => Sharpen => Smart Sharpen. 

Smart Sharpen.

Drag the slider until the edges start to glow, then reduce the effect a bit to find the perfect spot.

reduce the effect a bit to find the perfect spot.

Step 6: Now you can pause the Action and compare the current result with the original result. The photo has obviously been sharpened already, but we can make it even sharper.

Continue recording the action and duplicate the background copy layer. Right click and select Clear Smart Filters. Name this layer “Detail Sharpening”.

 pause the Action and compare the current result with the original result

Step 7: Change this layer's Blend Mode to Overlay. The color will burn out, but this is only temporary.

Change this layer's Blend Mode to Overlay

Step 8: On the menu bar, go to Filter => Other => High pass. Adjust the radius to only see the subtle white lines.

High pass

Adjust the radius to only see the subtle white lines.

Step 9: Now if you compare the results of the before and after photos, the difference is quite obvious.

Now if you compare the results of the before and after photos

But we can make the photo even better. Duplicate this layer again and increase the High Pass to overexpose the effect a bit. Name this layer “Inner Sharpening”.

Duplicate this layer again

Step 10: Duplicate this layer again and increase the High Pass even more, focus on the out-of-focus areas and try to sharpen them this way. Name this layer “Outer Sharpening”, change the Blend Mode to Soft Light and reduce the Opacity to about 50%.

Duplicate this layer again and increase the High Pass even more

change the Blend Mode to Soft Light and reduce the Opacity to about 50%.

Step 11: Add a Layer Mask to both layers and fill them with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (G). This will make these layers invisible.

Add a Layer Mask to both layers

Step 12: Stop recording Action. This is the end of the automated process and the rest needs to be done manually.

Stop recording Action

First, select the layer mask of the Inner Sharpening layer and grab a Soft Round Brush. Paint white on the areas you want to sharpen.

select the layer mask of the Inner Sharpening layer

Step 13: Do the same with the Outer Sharpening layer, you paint over the unclear area to make it less blurry.

make it less blurry.

Step 14: Now, you can freely adjust the sliders of the previously applied filters to set the level of sharpening for blurry images. You can also change the Opacity to quickly make the effect weaker or duplicate a layer to make the effect stronger. You can experiment to create an effect that you like.

set the level of sharpening for blurry images

Step 15: Test your final result at various zoom levels. If you need your image to look good at the highest resolution, you can take it one step further. Select the top layer and press Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to create a merged layer. Then go to Filter => Noise => Reduce Noise. Make customizations for best results.

create a merged layer.

Step 16: Hold down the Alt key and drag the mask from the Inner Sharpening layer to the current layer, then invert it with Ctrl+I, this will exclude the most important details from this effect.

Hold down the Alt key and drag the mask from the Inner Sharpening layer

So, you have finished sharpening the image in Photoshop, and the results are sharper.

you have finished sharpening the image in Photoshop

Above is general information on how to sharpen images in Photoshop. Please customize the parameters to get the best results.

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