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Hi there.  I was wondering if somebody has some tips for me on a sharpening issue in PS.
 
When I do photo editing I am loving the PS Smart Sharpen tool.  However, on some images it doesn't seem to work properly.  When I am in the image and utilize the Filter-Smart Sharpen tool and make all my adjustments, the image looks great - before I click OK.  But then when I click "OK" the image appears to have taken a little sharpening but not to what it was when I was in the tool.
 
To clarify, I am not talking about the image in the little Preview screen while working in the tool.  I'm talking about the actual image which I am adjusting.
 
Any idea what's happening??
 
Thanks.
Jennie
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Are you viewing the image at 100%?

To evaluate sharpness and noise, you have to view the image at 100%, where one image pixel is represented by one screen pixel.Any other magnification will be inaccurate and misleading because the image has been scaled.

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Looking for Help on PS Sharpening

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Hi there.  I was wondering if somebody has some tips for me on a sharpening issue in PS.
 
When I do photo editing I am loving the PS Smart Sharpen tool.  However, on some images it doesn't seem to work properly.  When I am in the image and utilize the Filter-Smart Sharpen tool and make all my adjustments, the image looks great - before I click OK.  But then when I click "OK" the image appears to have taken a little sharpening but not to what it was when I was in the tool.
 
To clarify, I am not talking about the image in the little Preview screen while working in the tool.  I'm talking about the actual image which I am adjusting.
 
Any idea what's happening??
 
Thanks.
Jennie
Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Per Berntsen | Adobe Community Professional

Are you viewing the image at 100%?

To evaluate sharpness and noise, you have to view the image at 100%, where one image pixel is represented by one screen pixel.Any other magnification will be inaccurate and misleading because the image has been scaled.

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Is Smart Sharpen applied to your topmost layer?

What's your Layer's opacity & blend mode?

What's your smart filter's opacity?

 

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Thank you for your response Nancy.

Besides my background layer, I have one Adjustment layer open - Levels.

I create a duplicate background layer to preserve the original image, and do my Sharpening on the duplicate layer.

On top of the duplicate layer is my Levels layer, three layers in all.

I do not apply sharpening while on the topmost Levels layer, because from this layer the Preview screen does not show when I'm in the sharpening tool.

Instead of creating a duplicate Background layer I know that I can Convert to Smart Filter from the Filter menu to create a Smart object, but I instead use the duplicate layer - I don't know if this matters.  I have tried both but the results don't seem to differ.

My blend modes are Normal and opacity at 100%.

My Smart Sharpen mode is at 100%, but it does not specify anything about opacity.

Your insights are appreciated.

Jennie

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For best results, you should perform all retouching & adjustments BEFORE you sharpen. 

Then create a Stamp Visible layer on top with Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E (Win) or Cmd + Option + Shift + E (Mac). 

This new topmost layer is the one you will duplicate and sharpen.

 

See this 11 min tutorial.

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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Are you viewing the image at 100%?

To evaluate sharpness and noise, you have to view the image at 100%, where one image pixel is represented by one screen pixel.Any other magnification will be inaccurate and misleading because the image has been scaled.

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Thank you Per.  This simple solution has helped.  It would appear that when I sharpen an image which I am viewing at less than 100%, what I am adjusting is not translating across 100%.  Makes sense!

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