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Basic Sharpening

After you’ve color corrected your photos and right before you save your file, you’ll definitely want to sharpen them. I sharpen every digital camera photo, either to help bring back some of the original crispness that gets lost during the correction process, or to help fix a photo that’s slightly out of focus. Either way, I haven’t met a digital camera (or scanned) photo that didn’t need a little sharpening. Here’s a basic technique for sharpening the entire photo.

Step One

Open the photo that you want to sharpen. Because Elements displays your photo in different ways at different magnifications, it’s absolutely critical that you view your photo at 100% when sharpening. To ensure that you’re viewing at 100%, once your photo is open, double-click on the Zoom tool in the Toolbox, and your photo will jump to a 100% view (look up in the image window’s title bar or Options Bar, depending on your viewing mode, to see the actual percentage of zoom).


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