High Pass & Smart Sharpen

High Pass & Smart Sharpen

If you shoot RAW, then the processing of your image becomes more of a personal choice. Processing and editing images just like photography is subjective, the guidance in relation to High Pass & Smart Sharpening is just my personal view and there are numerous others ways to give your image more pop.

 I hope these steps are simple to follow.

1. Create a new layer

2. 2. From the filter menu scroll down to “Other” select other, then select “High Pass”

3. The image will now look completely grey. You will see a dialogue box with a slider marked “Radius” Set the radius between 2.5% & 4% (personal choice) then click OK. The dialog box will now close and your image will remain grey. Don’t Panic!

4. In your layers panel you will see the word “Normal” with tiny up and down arrows, click on the arrows and scroll down. You will see various settings, you are interested in “Soft Light” and “Hard Light” Depending on the type of image you are processing, these two types of light will have different look, and again this will be down to personal choice. Choose the type of light, which works for your image, click on either hard light or soft light. Your image will now no longer look grey. You can fine-tune this further using the opacity slider.

5. Important, now merge to layers together, before you do anything else.

6. Create a new layer, where you click “Normal” and scrolled down, you now need to scroll to the very bottom of the list and click “Lumocity”

7. Click on the filter panel, scroll down to sharpen, now select “Smart Sharpen” In the dialogue box you will see two slider “Amount” & “Radius” As a starting point set the Amount Slider to 30%. Set the Radius Slider between 3% and 4%, personal choice in terms of %. Make sure the More Accurate Box is ticked. Now click OK and merge the layers.

8. Your image will now have more pop, but remember to keep this subtle. You will need to experiment to achieve best results for each image, but you will find a balance that will work for you personally.

If you find these tips of use, please let me know, I can then pass on other tips. 


Author: Fletcher K2Photographic

Fletcher is a Freelance photographer with images featured in Yachts and Yachting, Yorkshire Life Magazine and Equine Health Thoroughbred Owner and Breader. Commissioned work has included the Land Rover Burghley International Horse Trials; Bramham International Horse Trials; Hickstead Derby; The Motocross Nationals; Roger Albert Clark Rally; and the Pirelli Rally. Photography is his passion which is demonstrated through his work.

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