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Old 11-22-2008, 11:24 PM
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Sharpening Textures

Jeff Schewe described a technique for sharpening rough surface textures like weather barn wood. I modified the technique by adding Blend Ifs to protect the extreme highlights/shadows and doing all of the work in a Photoshop CS3/CS4 Smart Filters layer.

You wouldn't want to use this on every photo, but it is helpful, especially when the effect is brushed in over wood, stone, brick, textiles, etc.
  • Unsharp Mask filter (USM) is applied at 100,0.5,5 and Fade to Luminosity 50%.
  • Unsharp Mask filter (USM) is applied at 500,0.5,3 and Fade to Luminosity 25%.
  • Unsharp Mask filter (USM) is applied at 500,1,3 and Fade to Luminosity 25%.
  • Unsharp Mask filter (USM) is applied at 500,5,3 and Fade to Luminosity 25%.
  • Unsharp Mask filter (USM) is applied at 100,5,0 and Fade to Luminosity 25%.
  • Unsharp Mask filter (USM) is applied at 100,10,0 and Fade to Luminosity 25%.

All of this is wrapped up in a free Photoshop action set. Feel free to download it.

http://www.thelightsright.com/TLRTextureSharpener

Cheers,

Mitch
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:21 AM
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Re: Sharpening Textures

Thank you Mitch, will try and post examples later on
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Old 11-23-2008, 09:59 AM
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Re: Sharpening Textures

Super. I hope you like the effect.

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