Quick Tip: Photo enhancement in 10 seconds – Photoshop

In this quick tip I will explain how to easily enhance a photo using a very neat trick.

If you’re thinking about using Sharpen, it’s not a really good option, since it can ruin some details, such as hair or more detailed textures. If you overdo it, it will look really awkward.

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So here’s the proper way to do it!

Woman – by msaluste from SXC.hu


Open the image in Photoshop. Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer.


Go to Filter > Other… > High Pass. Set a value between 1-4 px or until you can see a raw contour of the objects in the picture.


Go to Window > Layers and set Blending mode to Overlay.


Original image



Observe how much the hair stands out more  sand how clear it is. Check the eyelids also and notice the same change.


Notice the texture and the contrast between the midtones and highlights. The skin and lips are more clear now.

Overall effect

The picture looks more alive and provides more details. It’s as if you’d be standing in front of the real model.


  • Enhances the  sharpness
  • Enhances the textures
  • Enhances the contrast between shadows, midtones and highlights, especially for the small details, such as fur, hair or skin pores.
  • Quick and easy.
  • In most of the cases you don’t need to use other adjustments.

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10 Comments Quick Tip: Photo enhancement in 10 seconds – Photoshop

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  3. clippingimages May 29, 2010 at 06:44

    wo ho…superb work…wow…thanks for sharing man….liked the tip

  4. Eric May 30, 2010 at 03:40

    Gotta tell you, simple and effective way to enhence photo. Love it!

  5. Prabir May 30, 2010 at 02:11

    Thank you for beautiful Tip

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  8. EJ Frias Jun 11, 2012 at 05:17

    Simple but cool tip! thanks for sharing :)

  9. Sweta Apr 23, 2013 at 09:53

    Very simple and effective tip..Thank you so much for this.


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