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At first glance the high pass filter looks interesting but not wildly useful (below on low settings and high settings):
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However, used within a simple workflow it is a perfect tool with which to [[#sharpen]] an image. It is a perfect replacement for the Photoshop's default sharpener: the unwieldily and confusing Unsharp Mask filter. Simply...
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*Run High Pass on a copy of the image to the degree that your require it to be sharpened (lowish values usually are best).
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*Set the [[Blend Modes | blend mode]] of this layer to overlay.
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So simple that a monkey with a Photoshop manual nailed to its head could do it. 
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===Sharpening===
 
===Sharpening===
Almost all scanned images and photos require at least a bit of sharpening. What is sharpening?
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Almost all scanned images and photos in their naturally acquired state are a bit blurry and will require at least a bit of sharpening. What is sharpening? Consider the image below of a dark grey circle on a light grey background...  
 
 
Consider the image below of a dark grey circle on a light grey background...  
 
  
 
[[File:high_pass_01.png | 200px]]
 
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This is a 'conceptual cross section' across the point marked with a red line:
 
This is a 'conceptual cross section' across the point marked with a red line:
  
[[File:high_pass_02.png | 200px]]
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[[File:high_pass_02.png | 300px]]
  
 
A sharpen will identify all regions of high lightness contrast and accentuate the lightness values at the border:
 
A sharpen will identify all regions of high lightness contrast and accentuate the lightness values at the border:
  
[[File:high_pass_03.png | 200px]]
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[[File:high_pass_03.png | 300px]]
  
 
This is what such a sharpen will look like (before left, after right).  
 
This is what such a sharpen will look like (before left, after right).  
  
[[File:high_pass_04.png | 200px]]
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How much sharpening an image will require is a matter of judgement and one that is subject to such factors as whether the image is going to be outputted for web use or as a photo, and if so at what resolution. However, it is generally easy enough to know if an image has been sharpened too much.

Latest revision as of 06:59, 26 January 2012

At first glance the high pass filter looks interesting but not wildly useful (below on low settings and high settings):

High pass 05.png

High pass 06.png

However, used within a simple workflow it is a perfect tool with which to #sharpen an image. It is a perfect replacement for the Photoshop's default sharpener: the unwieldily and confusing Unsharp Mask filter. Simply...

  • Run High Pass on a copy of the image to the degree that your require it to be sharpened (lowish values usually are best).
  • Set the blend mode of this layer to overlay.

So simple that a monkey with a Photoshop manual nailed to its head could do it.

Sharpening

Almost all scanned images and photos in their naturally acquired state are a bit blurry and will require at least a bit of sharpening. What is sharpening? Consider the image below of a dark grey circle on a light grey background...

High pass 01.png

This is a 'conceptual cross section' across the point marked with a red line:

High pass 02.png

A sharpen will identify all regions of high lightness contrast and accentuate the lightness values at the border:

High pass 03.png

This is what such a sharpen will look like (before left, after right).

High pass 04.png

How much sharpening an image will require is a matter of judgement and one that is subject to such factors as whether the image is going to be outputted for web use or as a photo, and if so at what resolution. However, it is generally easy enough to know if an image has been sharpened too much.