Stop Using Unsharp Mask in Photoshop!

Started Oct 19, 2021 | Discussions thread
Skip Senior Member • Posts: 2,058
Re: Stop Using Unsharp Mask in Photoshop!

Sternodox wrote:

I know it's quick and dirty ... mostly dirty. Use the High Pass filter instead. Here's how:

First duplicate your base layer. Then choose Filters -> Other -> High Pass. Give it a value of 12. Or 8. Or 17. Just put a number in there. Now merge your layers using Overlay. Isn't that great? Now adjust the opacity of the top layer to get the sharpness you want. After a bit of practice you'll find which High Pass number works best for the sharpness you need. This is a great way to salvage a not-quite-sharp-enough photo.

Hi. I have PSE but I think it is similar. I like High Pass.

I have found that I can cycle through the modes from Soft Light, Overlay, Hard Light, Vivid, and Linear to check out increasing degrees of sharpening.

And I like that I can turn off the underlying layers and with just the gray layer active I can quickly erase anything that I don't want sharpened.

High Pass is a very versatile tool for me.

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