How To Create Clear and Sharp Photos Using Photoshop

Jun 22 2016
It takes less than a minute to make your photos crisp and clear using photoshop! Here is the complete tutorial in 3 easy steps. + A free photoshop cheatsheet too >>
One of the questions I am most frequently asked is ” How can I get more crisp and sharper photos”? And I can totally relate ‘cuz when I started out, that was one of my main questions too. Imagine being able to create bright and crisp blog photos by editing in less than 1 minute. Super, right? And today, I have a tutorial to do exactly that.
In the photo below with the lemons, you can see how the lemon rinds are sharper in the right photo after applying this trick! It might be hard to notice the changes in a glance, but if you observe carefully you ‘ll that the photo on the right is a lot sharper and everything looks a lot distinct and crisper when compared to the left photo.It takes less than a minute to make your photos crisp and clear using photoshop! Here is the complete tutorial in 3 easy steps. + A free photoshop cheatsheet too >>
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I am using Adobe photoshop CS6, but don’t worry if you don’t have photoshop. You can download their free 30-day trial version here. Also you could subscribe to their Creative cloud monthly subscription service which gives you access to photoshop and many other tools for affordable prices – here.

How To Create Crisp and Sharp Photos Using Photoshop in 3 easy steps:

Step 1 : Open your photo in Photoshop by going to File –> Open –> Browse your file location. If your layers panel isn’t open, locate it by opening Windows –> Layers (select). In your layers panel, right click on the background layer and select Duplicate layer. You could change name of the duplicate layer – background copy or leave it unchanged.
Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 6.56.21 PM Click on the photo to enlarge
Step 2 : Keep the cursor clicked on the newly created duplicate layer. From the top menu, select Filter>> Sharpen>> Unsharp mask. This is the secret tool we are going to use to make our photo crisp and clear.
It takes less than a minute to make your photos crisp and clear using photoshop! Here is the complete tutorial in 3 easy steps. + A free photoshop cheatsheet too >>
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Step 3 : In the unsharp mask window, play with the Amount slider to increase the sharpness of the photo. Make sure to not go overboard with very high values as it might make the photo super grainy and harsh. Find the sweet spot where the photo is sharp but not harsh and unreal.  Once you are done, hot ok and save your photo.
 It takes less than a minute to make your photos crisp and clear using photoshop! Here is the complete tutorial in 3 easy steps. + A free photoshop cheatsheet too >>Click on the photo to enlarge
 That’s it, it is really a simple trick and takes less than 1 minute to perform but the effects are significantly crisp and sharper photos.

It takes less than a minute to make your photos crisp and clear using photoshop! Here is the complete tutorial in 3 easy steps. + A free photoshop cheatsheet too >>Click on the photo to enlarge

Also, I know many of you use Photoshop for a variety of your creative needs, so I quickly whipped up a FREE cheatsheet with all the keyboard shortcuts for you to download and use, click below right now!

These 25 Photoshop shortcuts and tricks will speed up your workflow and save you a lot of time in your blog & Business. Plus Download a FREE cheatsheet too!

 What are your favorite photoshop tricks?

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  • Thank you! I’m very new to Photoshop and find it all a bit overwhelming, and this is going to be so useful.

    • Hey Lena! I completely understand, the first time I used photoshop I wanted to pull out my hair out 🙂 It gets easy as you go. I am glad this was helpful and please let me know if you have questions – i am glad to help 🙂

  • This is such a great tip! I actually really enjoying editing my photos so I can spend ages going through all of the different tools to perfect the finished look, although if I’m ever in a rush this is definitely a tip I’ll use in the future!

    Toni x
    http://www.clarkecouture.co.uk

    • Me too 🙂 Love photo editing <3 yes it takes hardly a minute right? Thanks Toni!

  • I want to learn Photoshop. right now its not in my budget to invest. hopefully will get to try my hands on Photoshop soon. right now enjoying the editing on picmonkey thoroughly.
    Your tutorials are always so easy and helpful. Thank you for the cheat sheet 😉

    • Thank you so much Rajani! 🙂 Ha ha Picmonkey is fun too – I used it a lot at the beginning before i moved to Photoshop!

  • Parinaaz Mehta

    Hi Chaitra i really love coming to pinkpot and reading all the awesome stuff on your blog post.

    • Aw that was such a sweet comment 🙂 Thanks a lot Parinaaz!

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  • Emma

    fab!! Love learning more about photoshop! thanks love x

    https://dreamingoffithavenue.wordpress.com

    • Welcome Emma 🙂 I am so glad!

  • I totally love your post chaitra! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • You are welcome Chelsea 🙂

  • I knew this feature from photoshop as I use CS6 too but never thought of trying it or that it would make this much difference to the quality of an image. This is cool, thanks for sharing Chaitra. Your this kinda posts always make tasks so easy & save a lot off time as well.

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  • I like using the method with a high pass for sharpening photos. Have you tried it?

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