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Quick Tip Tuesday: Print Sharpen in Photoshop, Elements, or Lightroom


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If you edit your images in Photoshop, Elements or Lightroom, it’s often hard to know as a newer photographer, how much editing is “too much.”  This is especially true of sharpening for print.

Our best advice on how to sharpen for print:

  1. View your images at 100% when you want to sharpen them.
  2. More is not always better when it comes to sharpening.
  3. Choose global or local print sharpening, but NOT both.  Either use a selective Photoshop action/Lightroom preset like Gem Polish from Inspire / Exact-O-Sharp in Fusion / Enlighten Sharpening Brush) OR use a global, all-over sharpening like Razor Sharp from Four Seasons / Perfect Print Sharp from Inspire / Develop Preset Sharpening in Enlighten.

Want more quick tips on sharpening?  Let us know!

For more troubleshooting tips, click HERE.

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  1. Rachel Tucker on July 6, 2009 at 9:06 am

    OOh! Love this idea! I’ll have my thinking cap on.

  2. Jill on July 6, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Fun idea!!

  3. Amy on July 6, 2009 at 9:41 am

    This is a great idea Jodi!!! One of the sites that I frequently go to is My Photoshop Brushes ~ This site has a large selection of brushes, shapes, patterns, styles and gradients. Check it out! 🙂

  4. MegganB on July 6, 2009 at 9:51 am

    This place is free – with some purchased stuff on the side. You have to sign up (for free) for their newsletter to have access but it is WELL worth it – I love there stuff and I use it often. have tons of great brushes – have fun browsing!

    • admin on July 6, 2009 at 10:23 am

      Meggan – is there a specific link to brushes? All links I put in my final post will be links directly to free brushes. I will do other topics other times so these need to be specific – not general sites with free stuff.Thank you for helping out!!!Jodi

  5. Kara on July 6, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Obsidian Dawn has a lot of great free brushes (with limited use) she also has lots of images, shapes, patterns, and vectors.

  6. Katy G on July 6, 2009 at 10:19 am and search brushes…dozens come up and they’re free. I have downloaded several sets myself and they work great.

  7. Sarah on July 6, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I second Deviant art This is a link to just searching photoshop brushes in the forum

  8. Linda on July 6, 2009 at 11:59 am

    This site has beautiful free brushes (assorted)

  9. MegganB on July 6, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Sorry Jodi, I thought that was the right link. Try this one instead think when you become a free member you can get access to other links – this appears to be the blog history with links enabled. Please let me know if it doesn’t work if you’re not a member – sorry for the confusion 🙂

  10. TinaP on July 6, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    You know I have never understood what brushes do….could you share your words of wisdom in what they do? I just use the soft airbrush and the hard edged brushes.

  11. Lolli @ Better in Bulk on July 6, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Here’s another one: My Photoshop Brushes Lots of variety!Great idea!

  12. Deirdre on July 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I’d love it too if you (and maybe your readers) would give us some samples of how you’ve used photoshop brushes with photography.

  13. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage on July 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Great idea!

  14. Stephanie Gill on July 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Jodi- Brushes have become my obession lately. I love adding clouds to a bland sky. I mostly use brushes for unique art pieces that can be printed on canvas. I added two little before and after pictures on my blog to give people an idea of what you can do with brushes and textures…

  15. Ashley Larsen on July 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Jodi. Love the tutorials and information shared on your blog. When you do your post on brushes, can you include the why’s and what’s? For instance, what do these other brushes have to offer that the brushes in PS do not? And how would you use them, what do they accomplish or create? Can you post a before and after or a tutorial to showcase? Thanks.

  16. Angela on July 6, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I lovedy-love-love-love this idea! 🙂 Pixels and Ice Cream is one of my favorite freebie sites…. Here’s the direct link to her PS Brush archive ::

  17. Pam on July 6, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Great idea, Jodi!My favs are already listed, but here are a couple more that I’ve found. this one has a lot of cool brushes.

  18. Jen on July 6, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    seishido/ A great variety of brushes alot for free and also some to purchase!

  19. Shana Qualey on July 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm Huge assortment of brushes

  20. Shannon on July 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Great links. I 3rd Deviant Art.

  21. Allison on July 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Love your blog!!! Learn lots from it! Can someone tell me what you use brushes for??? Maybe this will be in the final post! Great Idea!!!

  22. Leesa on July 7, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Pixels and Ice Cream: – Big assortment. She posts lots of great photoshop freebies, not just brushes!

  23. Guera on July 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    What a fabulous idea! It’ll be so great to have a quick and easy resource to find all these free brushes. I use brusheezy and deviantart alot (both already listed above), but here’s another one I found: – heaps of free brushes & tutorials

  24. Nikki Romero on July 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Love love love, stuff like this, I have tons of sites saved in my faves for free brushes, actions, gradients, patterns, textures, plugins…… I went to these sites just before I posted them and they seem to be virus free, at least my scanner didn’t detect anything (AVG)… No guaretees though as with any other site on the web…1) Here is a link that has quite a few links on the site This one you have to sign up for, but well worth it, no bs emails either, there is literally a TON of free stuff including tons and tons of brushes on there, 40 brush downloads per page, 14 pages…. LOTS!!!!! Fun Fun.. Hope this helps, Have fun with it… Those of you new to the photoshop world, all the photoshop “extras” open up a whole new world to your creativity and possiblities… Beware, it becomes addicting.. You may want to buy a zip drive just for the freebies…:)Thanks Jodi for all you do!!!Nik

  25. Tiffany on July 7, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks so much, Everyone!!! I go to pixelandicecream too but the others looks great!!!!

  26. Jen B. on July 7, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Just a suggestion, I understand if you don’t have the time to do it, but could you list separately any of the sites where the brushes will work with Elements? Thanks!

  27. Maisy on July 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I posted in my Blog about your great give away! I’d love to have a lens like this one. I’ve only got the one lens that came with my Nikon D60, and would love to add another option to my set. Thanks for the opportunity! And, I love your tutorials, they have been so helpful.

  28. Sara on July 11, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    This looks like fun! here is my recomendation, Brush King at, it has a ton of different unique brushes. Thanks again for all the suggestions!

  29. on July 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    I am now a regular reader of your stuff

  30. Rhea Jackson on December 19, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Previously, I was believing on the “more factor” for sharpness of any photograph. Tips for sharpening setting would help me for the next photo shoot.

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