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Sharpening

By now your image should have great contrast, and it should reproduce nicely on a printing press. But I gotta tell you: almost all images that are scanned need to be artificially sharpened. First I'll show you the controls available when sharpening; then I'll show you exactly how I go about sharpening an image.

To sharpen an image, choose Filter > Sharpen. Photoshop will present you with a pop-out menu of choices. The top three might sound friendly (Sharpen, Sharpen More, Sharpen Edges), but you need to use the bottom one (Unsharp Mask). It's the only choice that allows you to control exactly how much the image will be sharpened. You can think of the other choices as being simple presets that just enter different numbers into the Unsharp Mask filter.


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