There are many ways to sharpen an image in editing software such as Photoshop, Lightroom, PicMonkey, etc. Believe me, I’ve tried them all. I used to get so frustrated with myself because by the time I posted my pics online they looked over processed and the sharpening was usually way to severe. I searched and searched for a way to sharpen images for the web and this is by far the easiest and best method.
It gives the photo just enough sharpening so that it looks natural and soft. In order for this technique to work correctly, make sure that you have your image the correct size BEFORE you use this method. If you size the image after using this sharpening method, it will skew it and you will have to start over. So let’s get started!
How to Sharpen Images for the Web
- (1)Click on the Image button at the top of the screen. When the drop down menu appears click on Image Size. (2)Set resolution to 72. 3)Change the width and height to the desired size. DO THESE 3 STEPS IN THE ORDER THEY ARE IN.
- Press ctrl + J at the same time to create a copy layer.
- (1)Click on the Filter button at the top of the screen. When the drop down menu appears click on High Pass. The image will turn grey and you will see an outline of the objects in the photo. (2)Turn the Radius down to the lowest number that you can and still be able to see a light outline of the objects that you want to be sharp. With a smaller picture, this one is 680 x 424, it is usually going to be somewhere in between 0.3-0.6. Click Ok.
- Change the view to Overlay to reveal the photo. At this point, the entire photo has been sharpened. You want to erase the effect from the background objects so that the “hero” of the photograph really stands out.
- (1)Make sure layer that you created the high pass filter on is highlighted. (2) Click on the brush tool on the left hand side of the screen. (3) Make sure the black is showing in the bottom left-hand corner. (4)Add a vector mask to this layer by clicking on the rectangle with a dot in the middle of it, at the bottom right-hand corner. The mask will be white. Using your mouse, “brush” over everything you don’t want to stand out. If you need to make the brush a different size, use the bracket keys [ ] to make it smaller or larger. (5) Brush over everything but the “hero” of the photo to make sure that’s where the persons eye is drawn to. Arrow 5 in the picture below is showing what has been erased by changing the white to black.
That’s it! It might look a little complicated at first, but it’s really simple once you get the hang of it. Give it a try and see if you prefer it to other methods of sharpening images. Below you can see a picture before any editing and after with a few tweaks and the sharpening method in this tutorial. Now you know how to sharpen images for the web!
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