Are the photos you take sharp?

I can’t tell you how many pictures I’ve taken are less than perfectly crisp.

Lots.  Zillions.

So many that I an expert in countless methods of sharpening in Photoshop.

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2 girls unsharp

Unsharpened

13 of my favorite tried and true sharpening tricks have gone into the Sharpening Powerhouse action for Photoshop Elements.  Many of these tricks sneak in features of the “big Photoshop” that aren’t normally available in PSE.

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Sharpened using the Luminosity Layer

Sharpened using the Luminosity Layer

(Click on the image to zoom in so that you can see how the action improved the detail on the trees and the girls’ faces.)

Click here to purchase the Sharpening Powerhouse for $25.

Here’s what one user of this action has to say about it:

I LOVE LOVE the fact that I can just click on all the options and see my choices…so incredibly easy! Also, I printed your Layer by Layer Rundown to use as a guide, but your Layer names really provide a clear explanation. Of course I clicked the Try This First each time…I was thrilled see such clear directions 🙂
This action will surely save tons of time and an extra touch of sharpening are really what some photos need to go from “good” to “Stunning”!

Need more info?  Here is a layer by layer rundown of sharpening this action will give you:

Layer by Layer Rundown:

  1. Basic Portrait Sharpening – works nicely for well-focused portraits
  2. Hard Stuff Sharpening – this one is for sharpening photos of items that aren’t soft
  3. Soft Stuff Sharpening – soft things like stuffed animals and babies
  4. Try This First – A good place to start if you just need a little sharpening.
  5. Spot Sharpening – Paint in white on the mask over areas you really want to emphasize, like eyes.
  6. Halo Avoidance
  7. Sharpen Lots of Straight Edges – great for architectural shots
  8. Super Sharpening – very strong sharpening for those shots that need all the help they can get.
  9. Contrast Boost Sharpen (High Pass)
  10. Smoother Skin Sharpening – sharpens only the channels that don’t emphasize skin imperfections.
  11. Noisy Photo Sharpening – sharpens only the red and green channels, which don’t have much noise
  12. Edge Mask – another one that’s great for images with strong lines
  13. Luminosity Sharpening – this one might look too harsh zoomed ino 100%.  Zoom out and see what you think.

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