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I read an excellent tutorial on sharpening today and wanted to pass it along to everyone. I usually use lab sharpening or high pass. And occasionally USM. But edge sharpening was new to me. Andrea Joki shared this as a good way and pointed me to this tutorial so I could write an action for everyone.

This is a FREE action based on steps from this site.

Thank you and enjoy this week’s freebie.


PS. It has only been tested in CS3. if you use it in another version and it works (CS2 and lower), please let me know. I expect it will not work in elements as it uses channels.



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  1. Queen of Whirled on January 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

    What camera was this shot with? I have tons of shots like this one and I can’t seem to get them bright enough, or crop in that much without LOTS of grain.I have a Nikon D40.

  2. Christy on January 7, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I too find that when I try to correct exposure, I have A LOT of noise resulting. Then, when I try to remove the noise, I lose so much detail that the photo looks too soft. I have fought this with my D70 for the past several years. I just got my D7000 and have not had an issue, but I still use my D70 sometimes as backup or whatnot. How do you combat this problem? And do you offer an action that would? Also, how did you get her eyes to look so clear and glass-like? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

  3. Dawn on January 7, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I have the same problem as Queen of Whirled. I have a Canon 5D Mark II. With 21mp how do you get such a grainy photo when cropping?! I’m one that will have to go to school to learn photoshop, I just don’t get it. But my SOOC images are bringing me down lately and I don’t know what to do.

  4. Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on January 7, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Noise is one reason it is important to nail exposure in camera. As you brighten up and correct exposure in Photoshop, more noise is introduced.The better the image you start with, the better everything will look edited too.

  5. Janneke Marquez on January 7, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Great tutorial! Thank you for this one.

  6. Maddy on January 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I love the composition of this! Not somehting I would normally think of doing, but it works beautifully!

  7. Maggie on January 8, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Queen of Whirled asked what camera this was shot with. I shot this with a Canon 7D, and I shoot in RAW.

  8. Tamara on January 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Wow! This made it a beautiful shot!!!

  9. Nette on January 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    The original photo looked like you could have had a problem with noise. Did you do anything regarding noise?

  10. Marcia on January 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Hi Jodi….my first question is….can someone get away with just learning to use Light Room if they shoot in raw all the time, or should you learn both Elements and Light room?

  11. rhonda on May 29, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you for posting this awesome and informative write-up! I m trying to learn editing in Photoshop and this post really helps me on how to better edit the images that I take.

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