Sharpening Images in PhotoShop

It’s crazy how much I’ve learned since I first started food blogging in 2007. Wow, if you could see my pictures when I begun you would just laugh. I actually thought the pictures didn’t matter that much and it was all about the recipe, I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Besides having tiny blurry images I would add this big ugly frame around each photo and write my blog name in a huge bright blue text, it was beyond bad. For several years I went down that path and when I finally bought a DSLR my pictures instantly became better, however it shifted to another issue, which was editing.

I still look back at photos from a year ago and cringe, that’s how much I’ve learned in a short amount of time and I’ve realized that no matter how well I think something looks at any given time, there will a day I look back and I’m just not happy. It’s a never ending battle I face. One of the latest tricks I’ve been doing is sharpening my food photos, which I now see as a must. You may not think much about it, but when I compare a before and after photo you will see just how much it helps, especially when it comes to photo. It really brings the food to life.

BEFORE SHARPENING
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AFTER SHARPENING
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As you can see from the before and after the chicken ball comes to life and looks real. I use the sharpening tool for all of my food these days and it really does make a world of difference. I use a tool kit called shopkeepers helper, which is a great kit for editing images. I use the action called 20/20 on the spot. All you do is select the brush tool and with white selected, you can easily brush it on the image and sharpen it up, if you make a mistake just use the black to erase. I’ve actually made you a little video to show you. You can change the opacity too if you feel like it’s too much.

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