High Pass – No, Not Football

“High Pass” sharpening in Photoshop has made such a huge difference in my photos, I have to share this for anyone looking to take things up another notch.

1) Edit your RAW photo (because why would you ever not shoot in RAW?) to your liking and flatten.

2) Double click the background layer and click “OK” in the dialog box that appears; this converts the background to an “unlocked” layer.

3) Duplicate the layer either by dragging it down to the “Create a new layer” icon (fastest way) or by clicking “Layer -> Duplicate Layer.”

4) Be sure the duplicate layer is selected and then click “Filter -> Other -> High Pass.”

5) In the dialog box that appears, try a radius from 1.0 to 2.5 (rarely higher) and judge how much sharpening you want applied in the preview window.

6) Click “OK.”

7) Set the blending mode for that layer to “Overlay.”

8) Flatten image for the last time.

For best results, be sure to use an image that is sufficiently sharp to begin with (tripod, tripod, tripod) or you’re just putting lipstick on a pig.

Alexandra Bridge WEB

Alexandra Bridge


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Clients and places where I’ve had photos and writing published include: The Tyee, BC Outdoors Magazine, Currents Magazine, Kamloops Daily News, Kamloops This Week, Smithers Interior News, Okanagan Vacation Guide, Hummingbird Beach Resort, U.S. Horsetrainer.com, Castlegar News, West Kootenay Advertiser and the Pacific Salmon Foundation. My best photographs are available at: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/marvin-beatty.html My images can appear on framed prints (what I’ll mostly focus on), home decor and apparel products. The choice of what image appears on what is mine for every image and buyers can customize their choices, too. There are beautiful frames and mats, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and more. All inks are archival and all papers are acid-free. Fine Art America has 14 manufacturing centres in 5 countries, including one in Canada, which will minimize shipping costs and speed up delivery times. Fine Art America has also partnered with Deck the Walls, The Great Frame Up, and The Framing and Art Center to sell artwork at 150+ retail locations throughout the United States and Canada. All this and they offer a 30-day, full refund guarantee!
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