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The Photoshop® CS Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby

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Extreme Edge Sharpening

This edge-sharpening technique is great when you want to apply some intense sharpening to a particular object in your photo, but there are other areas that you don’t want sharpened at all. This technique is different because you’re going to actually enhance the edge areas yourself by using some tricks to put a selection around only those edges that you want to sharpen.

Step One.
Open the photo to which you want to apply edge sharpening (in this example, I want to sharpen the most prominent feathers, but I don’t want to sharpen the soft background). Press Command-A (PC: Control-A) to put a selection around the entire photo, ...

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