Tutorial Explains How to Sharpen Images Contextually

When it comes to sharpening an image, more than likely, your technique involves using a certain method over the entire image all at once. However, that’s rarely the best way to do it, because how much and where to sharpen varies quite a bit depending on what you’re shooting.

Fortunately for us, Photoshop wiz Michael Woloszynowicz is back again with another useful technique that will help you improve your sharpening skills and account for things like texture and edges.

The technique he uses does make use of a several components and steps that can seem overwhelming if you’re not a big retoucher. And so, for those who don’t want to learn the step-by-step, Woloszynowicz was kind enough to provide a downloadable action that will automate the process. This action and technique will work on Photoshop CS3 and above, so unless you’re REALLY far behind, you should be good to go.

Check out the video above to see how it’s done, and if you’d like to watch more of his tutorials, you can browse through our previous coverage of his work or head on over to his YouTube channel and gather even more bite-sized pieces of post-processing knowledge.

(via Vibrant Shot Photography via Fstoppers)

  • Michael Woloszynowicz

    Thanks again for the share! Always very appreciated.

  • Thekaph

    Thanks to you Michael for those precious tips!


  • Michael Woloszynowicz

    Any time, cheers

  • Markus

    I was hoping to get a lesson in how to scroll down on images with this tutorial

  • AdminHarald

    Nicely done! And you must have some interesting stories with that last name :)

  • Wagner

    How shall I evaluate the sharpness provided by a method, if the video showing it is totally unsharp due to low resolution? Furthermore, converting a 16 bit image to a 8 bit image before sharpening does not integrate into most people’s workflows.