Sharpen your photo using custom filter

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Finised flower retouch

I want to show you some of my favourite photo sharpening techniques and I will start by showing you, how to sharpen a photo, using the custom filter in photoshop.

This can really make your photo “jump out”. It is a really easy technique that, if used right, can give you a sharper result.

You should be careful though, It is easy to go “blind” when you are editing your photos and you sort of don’t see that you have oversharpened your photo when you have been staring at your screen for 40 minutes. I’ve made this one a bit more sharp than I probably would normally, to make it easier to see what is going on (great excuse right :P).

Now lets get own with it. Here’s the original, it is taken on my phone this summer.

The original flower photo

It’s not an unsharp photo and it could work quite well by it self. But let’s make it sharper.
I duplicated the photo layer and went to filter > Other > Custom. I pretty much used the standard settings here. Then I took the now totally too sharp layer and set it to soft light mode and took the opacity down to 25%. I then created a layer mask and painted black with a big soft brush to only sharpen the flower.

The flower after the custom filter

That’s pretty much it. Play around with the settings to make them fit your image. After this I played with a hue saturation layer and a levels layer to create more contrast between the front and the back of the photo. Lastly adding a vignette to the photo.

I hope you will try this out on your photo and see how you like it. If you have a question or a comment you can leave them below and I’ll be sure to answer them if I can 🙂

Have a good one.




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