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.



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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