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The BEST Way to Sharpen Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Adjust Sharpness vs. High Pass by Erin @ http://www.texaschicksblogsandpics.com/photoshop-elements-tutorial-adjust-sharpness-vs-high-pass/

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Steps: 1. Cropped ever so slightly 2. Apply Gaussian Blur to background. 3. Ran Florabella's Ambrosia action then reduced opacity to 50% and turned off the "light" layers. 4. Ran Florabella's Sweet Sunshine and reduced to 20% 5. Ran Florabella's Highlight Protection. 6. Slight levels adjustment to boost contrast. 7. Slight Hue/Saturation adjustment to lighten Reds. 8. Sharpen. Voila!

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from Photoshop Training Channel

Removing Banding In Gradients

If you ever create a gradient that contains banding (the visible lines in a gradient when transitioning from one color or tone to another), add a very small amount of noise (Filter > Noise > Add noise) and bur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) to the gradient to break up the banding and give you a smoother blend.

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