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The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook by Uwe Steinmueller, Juergen Gulbins

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Advanced Sharpening Using Photoshop Layers

Almost all photos require sharpening before printing. We always sharpen our images using a separate layer for the following reasons:

  1. Layers can be more heavily sharpened and the final effect more finely regulated using layer Opacity. If we are not happy with the result, we can simply start again without changing the original image data.

    Our initial Layers panel

    Figure 8-72. Our initial Layers panel

  2. We can switch our sharpening layer to Luminosity blend mode and thus prevent unwanted color shifts during sharpening.

At the start of our sharpening sub-workflow, the Layers panel looks something like the one in Figure 8-72.

  1. If the uppermost ...

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