Photoshop – Sharpen portrait images

In this short video tutorial, I’ll show how to enhance your photographs by using Photoshop within a brief amount of time. It will take only five steps to enhance your images with Filters, Adjustment layers, as well as Blending modes. Then I’ll also give you an extra tip about how you can improve your final image for the best results the technique. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Download the image

First step is to pick your photo, select the one that’s blurry Perhaps soft or one whom you’d like sharpen. This tutorial will be using this photo of a male that you will find within the tutorial resources section.

You can open it using Photoshop using the menu the File menu, then Open and then opening the photo inside Photoshop. It is evident that the details of the face appear blurred as are many other areas of the photo, such as beards, hair eyebrows, beard, etc.

Step 2: Duplicate the image

Most of the time it’s better to duplicate the image using Photoshop prior to adding any effects, or before you begin to make any modifications on it, just in case something goes wrong. However, in this instance as High Pass The High Pass requires the image below to be able to clearly see the effects of sharpening this is why we’re going to duplicate the image.

Click CTRL/CMD+J to duplicate your image. When you press the CTRL/CMD + J button, Photoshop will create a duplicate layer from your photo.

Step 3 – Desaturation

The goal is to reduce the saturation of the photo here. For this, select layer > new adjustment layer Hue/Saturation This will open you to the Hue/Saturation panel. In order to do this, you have to drag to move the slider for Saturation towards the left so that the image is desaturated.

When you’re done with the above, be sure to hit the clipping Mask icon (highlighted in red) to reduce the effect of saturation to that duplicate image. In the event that it is not done, it could be affecting the original layer well (that is directly beneath it).

You can also see the effect of black and white:

Step 4 – Switching Blending Mode

When you’ve achieved the black/white effect in the image, you need to switch the blending mode of the image. overlay. Overlay Mode overlay mode gives an intense contrast effect in the image and lead to a sharpening effect for the photo.

Below you will see the outcomes and clearly see how much brighter the picture is.

Step 5: Enhancing the Sharpness

Then we’ll apply our High Pass filter to enhance the sharpness of the image. To begin, we need to transform the man’s duplicate layer to Smart objects (right click the layer and choose “convert to Smart objects”).

You can go to filter > other > high pass Then, increase The Radius Slider until you can see the finer details of the hair, skin and beard. It is also possible to zoom out as you go when you click on the magnifying Glass Icon in the preview box.

It is possible to play around with using the Radius Slider until you’re satisfied after which you click OK for the effect to be applied to the photo. As we’re dealing with the portrait of the image, this is the reason I suggested that you focus on skin features. If you have an image that is different, continue to play around using the slider until you are able to see the results you desire.

Here are the result:You can see the results before and after:

Bonus Tip

Another tip is using this layer Mask to conceal or reveal the sharpening effect in specific parts of the image or anywhere you’d like. The mask can be added on the duplicated layer of the man using the menu Layer, Mask > Reveal All. Mask to reveal all.

I was able to see the effects in certain areas was excessive. In order to remove it, I applied a mask. I applied a soft circular black to hide the effects.

Below you will see the place how I got rid of the effects:

If you only want to apply the effect on specific regions, you might want to use the effect exclusively around the chicks or lips or even in the beard. For this you could apply the conceal All Mask.

Do this: duplicate the layer of mancopy another time. Go on to Layer, Layer Mask and then Hide All for an all-hide mask. Use a gentle, simple white brush to apply the effects on those parts that you wish to.

This is how I got it done:

To get a more powerful effect For a stronger effect, simply make copies of your “duplicated layer by man” layer with the help of CTRL + J.

I hope you enjoy the suggestions and techniques. If you have any thoughts or feedback to me, don’t hesitate to leave a comments. Enjoy your Photoshop!

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