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Snap, Crackle, POP!

by Steph on 18 April 2012
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That’s how easy it is to have fantastic , bright, sharp photos. We have already discussed how to play with levels, so if you missed that lesson, check it out HERE.

First you are going to open your picture. Adjust your levels to brighten your colors. Now we are going to make that photo a little sharper. Please note, you won’t want to sharpen ALL your photos. Sometimes it’s nice to have a softer look- think newborn pictures- but sometimes, it really adds the something special.

Next- duplicate your photo “Command/Control J” or go to the layers pallet  and right click on the layer then select duplicate. Once you have your duplicate layer go to Filter->Other->High Pass   

That will bring up a box like the one below. I usually set my radius between 4-10 pixels. Don’t go too high or your picture might get grainy. Play around and see what you like best. Once you have done that, the photo will still be grey. Now we are going to head over to our layers pallet and the blending options. I usually do overlay or soft light. Sometimes I do one overlay and one soft light. Play around with the blending options till you find something you like. Then flatten and save!

Here is my Before and After. A subtle but noticeable difference! Have fun experimenting in PS and PSE!

Bonus Tip- if you are a designer, you can also use the high pass to sharpen elements that might need a little cleaning up!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carol 19 April 2012 at 5:03 am

Thanks so much for your tutorials here. I have truly benefited greatly with them–really appreciate your doing this.


2 mischalaneous 22 April 2012 at 7:56 am



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