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Tips & Tricks

A Quick Photoshop Technique to Enhance Details In Your Image

By Hanssie on July 5th 2015

Photoshop-enhance-1When I first started in photography, there was this trend where images were super crisp and very sharp. It was abused, of course, (as Photoshop often is) and more often than not, you’d see severely oversharpened images (especially around the eyes). I’ll admit, I’m one of the guilty ones, due to a lack of Photoshop knowledge and an action I purchased and didn’t know how to use properly.


To get great detail in your image, subtlety is key and this quick tip from Jimmy McIntyre will help enhance your image without overdoing it. In the first part of the 2-minute video, Jimmy uses the Raya Pro panel (a product he sells) to quickly touch up the areas on the rock. The last part of the video shows you how you can get the same effect if you don’t have Raya Pro and he shows you how to use High Pass instead. A note of warning when you use the High Pass technique, the higher you go with the radius, you’ll start seeing haloing and edging around objects, so as with all things Photoshop, less is more.

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If you’re looking to increase your Photoshop knowledge, be sure to check out Phlearn’s Photoshop 101 and 201 tutorials in our SLR Lounge store or the following articles for more tips and tricks:

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Richard Cassley

    Very useful tip…and quick as well!

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  2. Bud Johnson

    nice tip. heading to iceland, and doing more landscape stuff than I’m used to. This will come in handy. and really rad that he didn’t just say, ‘buy my actions’ and showed you how to do it sans actions!

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  3. Walid Isar

    Good one.

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  4. Andrew Leinonen

    Pretty interesting.

    Given the halo’ing that excessive high-pass radii produce, I wonder if this effect is similar to what “Clarity” does in Lightroom, which produces the same microcontrast enhancement when used in moderation, but gets similarly nasty when used in excess.

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    • Stephen Jennings

      Yes, the “Clarity” is the same thing as a high-pass filter.. or at least mostly like a highpass filter, since there’s a few ways of doing this particular trick. It’s essentially just increasing localized contrast.

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  5. Graham Curran

    Nice tip.

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