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The Photoshop® CS Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby

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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 your photos. 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 I didn’t think needed a little sharpening. Here’s a basic technique for sharpening the entire photo.

Step One.
Open the photo that you want to sharpen. Because Photoshop 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%, ...

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