How to use layer masks to selectively sharpen your photos

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14 Responses to How to use layer masks to selectively sharpen your photos

  1. Steve DuPree May 15, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Thanks for that video Steve.

  2. Faheem Sayed June 27, 2014 at 3:49 am #

    Thank you for the video

  3. Barry Robertson June 28, 2014 at 2:59 am #

    Great video’s Steve

  4. Vic Zubakin August 24, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Thanks for sharing Steve.

  5. Jeff September 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    I am using PS elements 12 and can’t see this filter. Any suggestions?

    • Kea Thompson October 4, 2014 at 1:44 am #

      I agree – there never seems to be any replies to posts on this forum. Step by step instructions posted somewhere would help and the dialogue is all a bit “mumbly” and hard to follow. Steve seems to think we are all experts I think!

    • Randall Hollis October 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

      Jeff, Since Steve said to use whichever sharpening tool you liked, if Elements 12 does not have Smart Sharpen, use the sharpening tool you like best of what you have. I always used Unsharp Mask before there was a Smart Sharpen, I’m sure it will work here.

  6. Jay Brass January 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    Perfect! Exactly what I needed. Thanks so much.

  7. Dusfim January 30, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Thanks Steve for this tutorial,for sure it’s going to help me improve my photography.

  8. George Webb May 19, 2015 at 3:24 am #

    Thanks for this most informative lesson. I am sure to try it out very soon. Thank you.

  9. Lórien Davy September 15, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    Good tip, Steve — Thanks! It never occurred to me that I do NOT want to sharpen the sky! It makes a lot of sense to selectively sharpen: I like that technique much better than vignetting to focus the viewers’ attention in the desired areas of the image!

  10. Shammy January 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm #

    Thanks. Simple lesson, but effective. I think changing the opacity of the masked layer is the key.

  11. Lynda February 11, 2016 at 11:33 pm #

    Thanks Steve – really enjoy all your tips – easy to follow.

  12. Dinah Beaton April 10, 2016 at 6:00 am #

    Thanks Steve – nicely explained and a huge help.

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