How to sharpen JPEG images: download our image and follow along!

Step-by-step how to sharpen your JPEG images: step 4

In this photo editing tutorial we’ll show you how to sharpen JPEG images to reveal delicate details without adding artefacts like haloes and noise.

10 camera techniques to master in 2014: sharpen photos like a pro

10 camera techniques to master in 2014: sharpen photos like a pro

As our Shoot Like a Pro series on mastering some of the fundamental camera techniques continues we explain how to master image sharpening to give your pictures more impact.

10 camera techniques to master in 2014

10 camera techniques to master in 2014

While it can take years to master the camera techniques you need to take amazing images, whatever your skill level and whatever you choose to shoot, it often pays to keep things simple. Here we’ve put together 10 essential camera techniques every photographer should master.

Sharpen photos the smart way: demystifying Photoshop’s image-sharpening tools

Sharpen photos with Unsharp Mask

Photoshop has a range of sophisticated image-sharpening tools that make it easier than ever before to fine-tune your focus. In this tutorial we’ll run through the options and explain the different ways in which you can use them to sharpen photos.

Image sharpening: how to bring out more detail in your favourite photos

Photoshop image sharpening step-by-step: 10

In this Photoshop Elements tutorial we show you clever ways of bringing out more detail through image sharpening, while keeping some of the side effects to a minimum.

Unsharp Mask: how to sharpen photos for a crisper finish

Unsharp Mask: how to sharpen photos for a crisper finish

The Photoshop Unsharp Mask filter gets its name from a traditional darkroom process used to sharpen an image. The Unsharp Mask filter in Photoshop works by increasing the contrast around the edges in an image, which makes them look crisper and sharper.

Image Sharpening: do it the subtle way

Subtle image sharpening: step 10

Even the best photographers can find it a challenge to capture a perfectly focused photograph, especially when shooting with a camera set to a wide aperture. The resulting shallow depth of field can make it difficult to get all of the key areas in focus, which makes image sharpening in the digital darkroom all the more imperative.

An easy way to sharpen photos for printing

Photo Editing: an easy way to sharpen photos for printing

Learn how to use Adobe Camera Raw to sharpen photos for printing without exacerbating noise or creating halos in our latest Photoshop Elements tutorial.

How to blur the background in Photoshop and sharpen foreground detail

How to blur the background in Photoshop Elements: step 2

The ability to sharpen an image after you’ve taken it is a saving grace. Sometimes a shallow depth of field or a wrongly chosen autofocus point can mean that key details in an image are soft. Using the Unsharp Mask filter in Photoshop can bring back these lost details, and prevent an otherwise great photograph from being destined for the recycle bin.

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll show you how to blur the background in Photoshop and sharpen detail in your foreground interest. Here we’re going to apply two layer masks to our snowy egret image: one to sharpen the fine feather details and one to blur out the background.

How to set your in-camera sharpening

How to set your in-camera sharpening

The easy option for digital sharpening is to ramp up the in-camera sharpening setting. However, some shots need more sharpening than others, and if you apply too much then image quality can fall. Digital sharpening isn’t applied to RAW files, but if you shoot JPEGs, any in-camera sharpening is permanent.