How to: Make Your Images Crisp; Not Fuzzy

Added Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 6:38 pm by

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We’ve all taken images like this. The sharpness leaves a lot to be desired :) This one is taken on my cell phone. So I’m going to show you a really quick and easy way to get a more crisp looking image.

Open your image in Photoshop and make a copy of the background layer. Then set the blending mode of that layer to overlay. Then, with that layer selected, go to Filter > Other > High Pass

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Then choose a pixel value which gets you a bit of color on the edges of your subject, in this case the flower. My image is already resized for this post. So 2 pixels is enough for me.

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This is how my image looks after using high pass.

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Then you can of course go on and play around with other parts of your photo. I lightened the picture a bit and made a few minor adjustments to it. Ended up looking like this:

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And side by side:

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There you go, a really quick way to get a fuzzy photo looking a bit sharper.