So you’ve taken a photo of yourself and it’s great, only if that blurry, hazy, or underexposed could be fixed. Helpless, only you could do is sigh…and you’re hesitant if you still have to share it with your friends. Now, you don’t have to worry about that anymore if you happen to stumble on this tutorial.
In this tutorial, you will learn the basic steps to sharpen or make your photo clearer.
Here is the preview of the unedited and edited photo we’ll work with on:
STEP 1. OPEN YOUR PHOTO
After opening your photo, duplicate it by pressing Ctrl-J. You now have your duplicate copy, named Layer 1 at your layers palette.
STEP 2. APPLY HIGH PASS FILTER
This is where your photo can make changes. To apply ‘high pass’ filter, go to Filter>Other>High Pass… You can adjust the radius which give best result to you. I set mine to 100 here.
STEP 3. SETTING THE RIGHT BLENDING MODE
Done with the High Pass Filter, you are now ready to set your Blending Mode from Normal to Overlay (or Soft Light, or whichever suites you). Adjust also the Opacity if necessary. Normally, Overlay is applied, but in this case, I applied Soft Light here.
This is how it looks now:
You can stop here now if you like. Most tutorials stops here actually. But if you like to make it more sharp or clearer, apply some necessary Adjustments (Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation, Color Balance) by going to Image>Adjustments…