SHARPEN Photos in Photoshop using secret High Pass Mask

October 7, 2019

SHARPEN Photos in Photoshop using secret High
Pass Mask Hey Cafe Crew, it is Colin Smith here from
Photoshop Cafe and today, I am going to show you how to do High Pass Sharpening which is
selective and non-destructive. You are never going to need any other kind
of sharpening again. Alright, so High Pass Sharpening is a really
great technique that I use for my sharpening. It gives me so much more control and also,
I can select where I want to apply it, how much I want to apply it as well as, it is
completely non-destructive. So I can change my mind later on. So what I am going to do as a bonus, I am
going to show you how to create an action as well. So, we can reuse this. Now, if you want the action, I will provide
it for you, look at the link underneath and you can download it from there. Alright, so let’s start here with a photograph
that I shot last week Calon. And it is looking pretty good but it needs
a little bit of sharpening, in fact, let’s look at it here, if we go to Ctrl 0, alright,
I am just going to scroll down and have a look at the photo here and notice, it is looking
pretty good here and it really needs some sharpening. I haven’t done any sharpening yet. Now obviously, we don’t want to sharpen
the whole photograph, you know? We don’t want to sharpen her face and her
skin and her hair because that doesn’t look good. But we need to sharpen the rest of the photo
and then we are going to paint it away from those other areas. So, the first thing we are going to do is
we are going to set this up right now for our action. So what you want to do is open the Actions
panel. If you go under Window and you go down to
Action, it will appear there and Option 9, F9 will bring it up as well. So, here is our Actions panel. And I have got different actions that I have
created here for the things I use like Luminosity, Mask and Frequency Separation, different things
like that which require a lot of clicks that I don’t want to do over and over again. I can create the action and then just hit
the play button and use it. Let’s demonstrate that right now. So let’s create a brand new action so we
are going to click here and I am going to call this one, ‘High Pass’. It will do HP Sharpen for High Pass Sharpen
and I am going to put under the set, under Photoshop Cafe which means it is going to
go under that folder and now, we are going to click record. Notice this little red record button is on
now. It is kind of like the record button of a
VCR if you know what that is and or on a phone. When you hit the record, you recording the
video, we are doing the same thing except what it is going to do is, it is going to
record all the keystrokes that we do inside of Photoshop as well as the commands that
we select. Okay, so the first thing we want to do is
we want to duplicate this layer and we can do that by hitting Ctrl or Command J. now
we get the duplicate. Now we need to take this duplicate image or
this duplicate layer and change the layer blending mode to Overlay. It is going to look little funny right now
but that’s okay, that’s part of the process. So, now we are going to go under Filter and
under Filter, we are going to choose Other, High Pass. And now, when we are here in the High Pass,
we are going to choose a setting. I found that about 1.6 works good for this
particular image. You don’t want to go too high. Like really, very rarely will you ever go
above 2, you are going to kind of stay between the 1 and the 2 range, for resolution image. If you are working on a higher resolution
image, you may go higher. If you are working on a lower resolution image,
you are going to go lower because this works in pixels. So notice what the High Pass does is it gives
us this kind of mask around it. Very similar to what we would do with our
un-sharp mask. So we are actually creating our own mask here. Alright, so we are going to click OK. As I want to set it up for the masking and
rather than doing that manually, I am going to create this as part of the action, so that
it will be ready for us to do all that work. So what we want to do is we want to create
a layer mask. So we are going to click on the layer mask
icon and that’s going to create the mask and then I am going to grab the Brush. I am going to hit the B for the Brush tool
and I am going to grab a 100 pixel soft edge brush. That’s a good starting place. Now, what you want to do is hit the D key
to reset the foreground and background colors and then hit the X key to set the foreground
to black. That means we are going to be ready to paint
black on this mask, wherever we paint, we are going to paint away that sharpening effect. And at this point here, I am going to stop
the action. So we are finished recording the action but
there’s one step left. If you look on the action here, see where
we created the High Pass. And if we open this, you will see there is
where we set our radius. You want to click right there to create this
little box. And what it does is that it will actually
toggle that where we will pause for input. So instead of just grabbing whatever setting
we did there, we will get to pause on that action and set it to what we want. So it will be specific for each image because
you are probably not going to use the same setting all the time. Alright, so why don’t we delete this and
I am going to show you how this action works right now. So there is our layer, we are going to select
the layer, you are going to work on with the High Pass Sharpen, make sure that is turned
on and hit the play button. And now, it is going to go through the steps
of creating that action. Notice it pause for our input and I am like,
yeah, 1.6 is great, click OK and then get the actions run and everything is set up,
our Brush is ready to go and now, we are ready to do our retouching. So let’s do that right now. So looking at this image right now, it looks
pretty good. However, you know, we really need to paint
the skin tones out. And I am actually going to take this smoving
down because I don’t need it there and I am just going to paint this out, around here. Actually why don’t I just do the whole face
because that’s easier than trying to get perfect around the eye. So let’s just go here, we are just going
to paint that out entirely and I am using my WACOM tablet, that’s the noise you can
hear. And I am just going to go like that, excellent. Now I am just going to hit the X key and I
am just using the left bracket key here, just to go around the eyes, let’s keep those
eyes nice and sharp, around the lashes, around the pupil, around that area. Really, it is going to make those pop. Excellent. Alright. So, we are applying the sharpening, now we
are not blurring this, all we are doing is just turning off the sharpening effect. See that? So now the sharpening, look at the hat there,
look around the eyes, now it is just effecting those areas. Now, we could go down, let’s zoom out a
little bit and let’s scroll down. Now, you could technically, you know, there
is a lot of stuff here that you don’t want to be applying the sharpening to, you could
invert the mask and then just paint with white, just where you want the sharpening. But in this case, this is fine. We are just going to grab the Brush and I
am going to grab a huge brush here and just to show you how it works because notice that
arm, it doesn’t look good, we just got to paint that sharpening, away on the arm, making
sure we are painting with black, there you go, look at that. We have painted that away, painted away the
hair because we don’t want the hair to look like straw. You want the hire to look nice and soft and
drop it down and now, if you, you can use pressure sensitivity, see if this is looking
too much, if you are thinking, well, I would like to have a little bit there, well, we
could drop the opacity down at 50% by tapping the 5 key and then we can just paint some
of the sharpening away, so we are sharpening the hair a little bit but not fully. So it still looks nice and soft but it has
got some definition on it. We could do that and then areas that we want
to totally, we just hit the 0 key, that will take the opacity to 100 and then we can paint
those areas out that we don’t want to apply any sharpening at all. Of course we can use the pressure sensitivity
here, on our WACOM tablet which is great and we can just start to blend in, you know, where
do we want the sharpening and where do we not want it and we can just paint that in
selectively. So anyway guys, that’s how you create non-destructive,
selective high pass sharpening, as well as how to create an action. I hope you liked this. If you did, smash that like button into dust. If you are not part of the Cafe Crew yet,
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