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Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature by Matt Co-host of the top-rated video podcast Photoshop User TV Kloskowski

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Selective Sharpening

USE LAYERS TO SHARPEN ONLY SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE PHOTO THAT NEED IT MOST

Let’s face it, sharpening isn’t rocket science. It’s actually very simple, so I don’t want to complicate it with a bunch of layers and techie terminology. For me, the simplest form of sharpening usually looks the best. However, not all areas of a photo need to be (or should be) sharpened. Sometimes there are very specific parts that look good when sharpened, which is where this technique comes in. With one layer and a layer mask, we can get a tremendous amount of control in our sharpening.

Step 1: Open a Photo that Needs to be Sharpened

Start off by opening the photo that needs to be sharpened. Here, I’m taking one of those opportunities to show off ...

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