Sharpen Images in Photoshop | Design Tip of the Week

Jordan Wong
  • Jul 20, 2015
  • Comments Off on Sharpen Images in Photoshop | Design Tip of the Week
Turquoise Flag-Tip

Sharpen Images in Photoshop

It was actually Carly, one of the wonderful designers here at Go Media, who showed me this tip: using the High Pass filter to sharpen images in Photoshop. It’s real easy and super quick. Check it out!

DTOTW_7-20-15_Article_Image_1

Who doesn’t love red pandas? We’re going to be using this little guy for our example.

*Note: I just borrowed this image from a Google search for this example. Make sure you always use your own images or ones that you have purchased from a stock photography provider.

DTOTW_7-20-15_Article_Image_2

We’re going to duplicate the layer.

DTOTW_7-20-15_Article_Image_3

On the duplicated layer, apply the High Pass filter (Filter>Other>High Pass).

DTOTW_7-20-15_Article_Image_4

Select a Radius value. You’ll want to keep this value towards the lower end of the spectrum, but may even have to go back and play around to see what value best enhances your photo.

DTOTW_7-20-15_Article_Image_5

Once you have chosen a Radius value, set the layer to Overlay.

DTOTW_7-20-15_Article_Image_6

Voilà!

DTOTW_7-20-15_Article_Image_7

*Click on the image to see a larger version.

The left is the original photo, while the right is with the High Pass filter applied. Notice how the right is crisper and has more definition.  So if you find yourself with some not-so-sharp images, you can now give ’em a little boost!

Cheers!

7-20-15-01

About the Author, Jordan Wong

Jordan Wong

Jordan Wong is an artist and graphic designer, originally from Pittsburgh, now residing in Cleveland. He works for Go Media, primarily for the company's Arsenal, Mockup Everything and Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. He produces illustrative work and is inspired by heroic imagery and epic narratives, yet also loves quirkiness and humor.

Discover More by Jordan Wong

Discussion

We want to hear what you have to say. Do you agree? Do you have a better way to approach the topic? Let the community know by joining the discussion.