Adobe Photoshop CC

How to sharpen photos in Photoshop

Learn how and when to sharpen an image and the best sharpening technique at each point in your workflow. (Try it, 19 min)

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Even in-focus images can use sharpening. See how.

Almost every digital image needs at least a little bit of sharpening. Learn how to apply capture sharpening to remove the fuzziness you get from the camera’s anti-alias filter. The best way to get the sharpest images possible is to sharpen twice: first when you pull images off your camera and later after you’ve applied all of your edits. 

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Define capture sharpening (1:37); How sharpening works (3:12); Reduce noise (3:58)

Sharpen again after editing and see your images pop.

Use Smart Sharpen to apply output sharpening at the final output size and resolution (for example, you apply different settings for an e-mail, a web page, or for print). This video also gives you a peek at Camera Shake Reduction, a feature new in Photoshop CC that lets you reduce image blur caused by camera motion.

Define output sharpening (0:40); Use Smart Sharpen (2:00); Remove camera shake (5:11)

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George Jardine

George creates Lightroom video tutorials, teaches workshops, consults for digital photographers, and is a freelance video producer. His critically acclaimed Adobe Lightroom Video Workshop tutorials set a new standard of excellence in digital imaging education. Visit his blog at