Ever wondered how to squeeze out every detail of the eyes and hair without enhancing the image noise and skin texture? Well, here is the answer and the free action!
Using this action we’ll break the image in LAB components, then select only the edges to sharpen, then apply an unsharp mask only to selected edges on the luminance layer, and finally we’ll recompose the image back to RGB.
First of all download this action and install it in your Photoshop using standard action installing procedure, then open your image in Photoshop.
Watch this 4 minutes video tutorial and apply this technique to your image to get sharper details, or see below the photo illustrated step-by-step procedure:
Ok, I hope you enjoyed the video and you understand how to do it. For more details see below the step-by-step procedure in Photoshop!
Let’s start sharpening:
Step 1: Launch the action from the actions panel:
Step 5: Now check the selected areas that will be sharpened in the next steps: are everithing selected correctly? If your selection is right then jump directly to step X; here is not the case, so read on:
Step 6: Chances are that not all edges got selected, especially in some very blurred images as this one here. If this is the case click on Cancel button to interrupt the action and select the areas to sharpen:
Step 8: Set a small Feather and start selecting the areas you want to sharpen. Remember it’s s selection just for sharpening, you can select rough enough (and you’ll be faster):
Step 13: Adjust the Radius slider until the edges have a natural look, without the white boundaries commonly encountered while Unsharp Masking:
Step 14: The action has finished now, compare the eyelashes at the original image and at the end of your sharpening:
Did you succeed? Please let me know in the comments!