Tuesday 27 February 2007

Photoshop Sharpening Actions

Sandra Myers has supplied some actions to help with sharpening of digital images in Photoshop.

As Sandra was kind enough to make them available to people for free - we have been kind enough to host them here for here.


The sharpeners file contains 2 actions (do not try to open it - it will just open up your photoshop program)

1. Traditional sharpener works by first blurring a layer and then sharpening a layer. With this sharpener you control which edges you want to sharpen by tweaking the levels. (Until you get the idea of how it works just “OK” and “continue” your way through until you get to the unsharp mask bit at the end and use the slider to set the sharpening to your taste.

2. The High Pass sharpener works by the High Pass method described in many books and guidance instructions are given during the action.


How to Install

The files go in the "photoshop actions" folder which is inside the "presets" folder in the photoshop program folders

To Do This

Download the file from hereDownloadto somewhere handy like the desktop. Then copy and paste it into the photoshop actions folder.

The route to this should be something like this depending on your version of photoshop :----

  1. My Computer – Local Disk C (usually) – program files – Adobe – photoshop cs (or whatever version) – presets – photoshop actions

When you have pasted it into the actions folder close everything up again and then open photoshop.
Go to the arrow icon at the top right hand corner of the actions palette and when the drop down menu appears choose "Load action" Highlight the Sharpeners action and load it

Open an image – highlight your choice of sharpener and press play

For those of you with Photoshop Elements - How to Run Actions in Adobe Photoshop Elements 3, 2 and 1

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