February 2021 // The Post-Production Edition

3 Steps to Sharpen Images from Lightroom to Photoshop | Dustin Lucas


We are ready to optimize details specifically for how the image will be used. If you still have to resize your image, you need to do that first and can accomplish this in one fell swoop in Lightroom’s export settings. This is not my preferred method, but you can compare the different options. (fig. 15ab) Instead, I want to control masking where needed, so we need to edit in Photoshop. Before we jump into Photoshop, you need to check your external editing preferences to make sure your file settings are optimal. (fig. 16) To quickly jump into Photoshop, hold Command and strike the ‘e’ key.

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Once the image is opened in Photoshop, we can begin to build an action for output sharpening to save time in the future. Start by clicking the record button and save the new action as Output Sharpening. (fig. 17ab) Then we need to duplicate the base layer and name it Output. (fig. 18) Double-click the output layer to adjust layer styles. Change the blending mode to Overlay and set opacity to 50%. Then alter the Blend If sliders for the layer by holding Option and splitting the right sliders to 230/250. For the underlying layer, split the left sliders to 10/20. (fig. 19) Next, choose the High Pass filter, set the radius to 2.5 and be sure to turn on the dialog box option. (fig. 20) This will allow you to choose the specific setting per image. (fig. 21) Now you can stop the action and you have it forever.

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