Photoshop’s High Pass filter: sharpen and soften portraits in all the right places

Photoshop's High Pass filter: sharpen and soften portraits in all the right places

Other uses for the Photoshop High Pass filter

 

The High Pass filter opens up a whole range of creative possibilities, including making gritty portraits and faux HDR

Other uses for the Photoshop High Pass filter: depth of field

DEPTH OF FIELD
Use High Pass softening on the background of an image and High Pass sharpening on the foreground to get a depth of field effect.

 

Other uses for the Photoshop High Pass filter: gritty portrait

GRITTY PORTRAIT
Apply the High Pass filter to multiple duplicate image layers with varying opacities, then convert to Black & White with an Adjustment Layer to get a gritty portrait effect.

 

Other uses for the Photoshop High Pass filter: sharpen up

SHARPEN UP
Use the High Pass filter on a duplicate layer, blend it with the Hard Light Blend Mode, and then invert it to apply heavy sharpening to 
a soft image.

 

Other uses for the Photoshop High Pass filter: faux HDR

FAUX HDR
Create a faux HDR effect with the High Pass filter applied using a large Radius to multiple duplicate image layers. Blend the layers with the Overlay Blend Mode.

 

Other uses for the Photoshop High Pass filter: drawing effect

DRAWING EFFECT
Apply a High Pass filter,  apply a Threshold adjustment, and then blend it into the original image using the Soft Light Blend Mode.

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