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In today’s visually-driven world, images play a vital role in getting your message across. You don’t have to be a graphic designer or professional to remove the background from an image on Mac. macOS provides a host of built-in features to remove the background of an image, and it is easier than you think. This step-by-step guide shows how to easily remove the background of any image on your Mac.

macOS provides multiple ways for you to remove the background of an image on your Mac. The following methods are focused on the latest version of macOS. If you haven’t already, update to macOS Ventura. However, many of the steps will work similarly, even if you’re using an older version of macOS.

Finder Quick Actions

        You will see a copy of the image in Finder. The file name will have “Background Removed” added to the original name.

        Photos App

        The latest release of macOS Ventura provides a seamless experience to removing the background from an image. Follow the steps below to remove a background via the Photos app.

                Paste the subject in the app you are working on via command + v. For this example, I’m using Google Docs, but it will work with any platform.

                Tip: get even more out of your Mac with our macOS keyboard shortcuts cheatsheet.

                Pages App

                          If you have the image in Finder, simply drag and drop the image into the Pages app.

                                  Paste the image without a background via command + v to the app/doc you are working in. For this example, I’m using Google Docs, but it will work with any platform.

                                  Good to know: removing image backgrounds is just one of the many robust features built in to macOS Ventura.

                                  How to Remove the Background From an Image on Mac Using

                                  If you don’t want to use the built-in macOS utilities, use a third-party website, such as chúng tôi to remove the background. Follow the steps below.

                                  Open your web browser, and visit

                                      How to Create Professional Passport Photos on Mac Using

                                      If you are removing the background of an image for a passport photo, use chúng tôi for professional results.

                                      Open a new tab on your browser, and go to

                                              From the top left, you can select the paper size.

                                                In the next option below it, select the background color.

                                                  The last option allows you to change your outfit. Leave it as “Original” if you are happy with the picture as is.

                                                      Frequently Asked Questions Is it possible to retain the original image quality after removing the background?

                                                      Yes, to a certain extent. Remember that any time you save an additional copy of any photo, you are lessening the quality. Many times it is negligible, but if you do it enough times, it will be visible. As far as third-party websites are concerned, always try to download the highest available resolution of an image.

                                                      Image credit: Unsplash. All screenshots by Abbaz Udin.

                                                      Abbaz Uddin

                                                      Abbaz is an experienced Freelance Tech writer. He has a strong passion for making technology accessible to non-tech individuals by creating easy-to-understand content that helps them with their technological needs.

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                                                      How To Remove Background From An Picture Using Powerpoint

                                                      Only the creator of the presentation knows how many days and hours worth of effort goes into creating a 30-minute presentation. While a chunk of the time goes into prepping the presentation, the time that goes into beautifying the presentation cannot exactly be downplayed either.

                                                      Thanks to all the cool features available in PowerPoint, a lot of the process becomes super easy to manage and execute. One very useful trick that PowerPoint offers is the ability to remove the background from a picture, which is actually a Photoshop skill but executed easier and quicker on PowerPoint. So how do you go about removing the background from a picture using PowerPoint? Here’s everything you need to know.

                                                      Related: How to remove and change the background from a photo on Android

                                                      How does the Remove Background feature in PowerPoint work?  

                                                      There is a very handy Remove Background feature in PowerPoint by virtue of which you can remove the background of an image that you have inserted in a slide. Oftentimes, when you want to use the subject from a picture or only a part of the picture, this tool comes in handy. While the tool is not as sophisticated as a Photoshop tool, it gets the job done if you are in a hurry or need a quick fix. 

                                                      On the other hand, if the image you’re working with has a gradient background with a lot of noise, then you will have to use the Remove Background function which has a slight learning curve. Nevertheless, the results are good and you will thank yourself for learning how to use this PowerPoint feature. 

                                                      Related: How to change the video background on TikTok

                                                      How to remove the background of a picture using PowerPoint

                                                      Launch Microsoft PowerPoint on your system from the Start Menu. 


                                                      Open a Blank PowerPoint so that you can execute the next steps. 

                                                       Now select the image that you want to edit and place it on a blank slide.

                                                      When you do this, the background of the image will become magenta. The magenta color indicates the area that PowerPoint wants to remove. 

                                                      Now gently draw over the areas that you want to keep in the final image using the mouse.

                                                      Then using your mouse mark the areas that you want to remove carefully.  

                                                      How to make a picture background transparent using PowerPoint?

                                                      Follow the first six steps from the above section and continue with the next steps. Make sure to choose an image with a solid background as this method only works effectively when the background is absolutely discernable like this one. 

                                                      How to save the image with transparent background

                                                      When you do this, PowerPoint will prompt you to save the file in the location of your choice. At this point, you can also choose whether the image should be JPEG or PNG. 

                                                      While this is quite a handy feature, do keep in mind that PowerPoint does not replace a professional photo editor under any circumstances. Depending on how complicated the image is, the result may not be as great as you would expect. So as reliable as the feature is, it also depends on the kind of image that you are editing so proceed accordingly. Take care and stay safe! 


                                                      How To Add Lens Flare To An Image With Photoshop

                                                      How To Add Lens Flare To An Image With Photoshop

                                                      In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to add a lens flare effect to an image in Photoshop without making any permanent changes to the original photo by using layers and layer blend modes!

                                                      Written by Steve Patterson.

                                                      We’ll start by learning how to add lens flare, and position it exactly where we need it, using Photoshop’s Lens Flare filter. Then, to keep things non-destructive, we’ll undo the effect, add a new layer, and then instantly re-apply the Lens Flare filter using a handy shortcut!

                                                      Finally, we’ll use the power of layer blend modes to easily blend the lens flare into the image, and finish off by adjusting its colors to better match the colors in the photo. We’ll also apply some blurring to soften the lens flare and help it look more realistic.

                                                      For best results, you’ll want to apply the lens flare effect to an image that has the light source actually visible in the photo, whether it’s the sun, a studio light, or whatever the case may be. Here’s the image I’ll be working with (family on beach at sunset photo from Shutterstock):

                                                      The original image.

                                                      Here’s how it will look after adding the lens flare. The important thing to note is that the lens flare and the photo are completely separate from each other, so if I change my mind later and decide I don’t like it, I can easy remove the lens flare and revert back to the original image:

                                                      The final effect.

                                                      Let’s get started!

                                                      How To Add Lens Flare In Photoshop

                                                      I’m using Photoshop CC here but this tutorial is also fully compatible with Photoshop CS6. For earlier versions of Photoshop, check out my original Non-Destructive Lens Flare Effect tutorial.

                                                      Step 1: Apply The Lens Flare Filter

                                                      The first thing we need to do is add a lens flare the way we normally would if we were applying it directly to the image itself. Even though we’re going to be undoing the effect, this gives us a chance to position the lens flare exactly where we want it. To add the lens flare, we’ll use Photoshop’s Lens Flare filter. Go up to the Filter menu in the Menu Bar along the top of the screen, choose Render, and then choose Lens Flare:

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                                                      This opens the Lens Flare dialog box. Photoshop’s Lens Flare filter adds a simulated lens flare effect to the image, and we can choose from one of four different types of lenses (50-300 mm Zoom, 35mm Prime, 105mm Prime, and Movie Prime) in the Lens Type section in the lower left. Each one will give the effect a different look. You can try them out by selecting them and seeing what each one looks like in the image preview area. I’m going to stick with the default 50-300mm Zoom lens. You can also adjust the brightness of the lens flare by dragging the Brightness slider left or right, but again, I’ll stick with the default 100%.

                                                      Positioning the center of the flare over the light source in the photo.

                                                      The image after applying the Lens Flare filter.

                                                      Step 2: Undo The Lens Flare

                                                      Now that we know exactly where we want the lens flare to appear, let’s undo the effect by going up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and choosing Undo Lens Flare. Or, use the handy keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Z (Win) / Command+Z (Mac). Either way works:

                                                      Step 3: Add A New Blank Layer

                                                      Naming the new layer in the New Layer dialog box.

                                                      Photoshop adds a new blank layer named “Lens flare” above the original photo that’s sitting on the Background layer:

                                                      The new “Lens flare” layer appears.

                                                      Step 4: Fill The New Layer With Black

                                                      Photoshop won’t allow us to apply the Lens Flare filter to a blank layer, so we need to fill the layer with a color. To do that, we’ll use Photoshop’s Fill command. Go back up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and this time, choose Fill:

                                                      This opens the Fill dialog box. Set the Contents option at the top to Black (*in Photoshop CS6 and earlier, the Contents option is named Use). Filling the layer with black will make it easy for us to blend the lens flare in with the photo, as we’ll see in a moment:

                                                      Changing Contents to Black.

                                                      The document after filling the “Lens flare” layer with black.

                                                      Step 5: Re-Apply The Lens Flare Filter

                                                      Now that the layer is no longer blank, we can re-apply our Lens Flare filter. Photoshop remembers all of the settings we used for the filter the last time we applied it, including the flare’s position, so all we need to do is re-apply it using those exact same settings, and Photoshop gives us a couple of shortcuts we can use to do that.

                                                      Selecting Lens Flare at the top of the Filter menu.

                                                      The same lens flare appears in the same position as before, but this time on the “Lens flare” layer rather than on the image itself:

                                                      The lens flare has been re-added but on its own layer.

                                                      Step 6: Change The Layer Blend Mode To Screen

                                                      All we need to do now is hide all of that solid black on the layer and blend the lens flare into the image below it, and we can do that easily by changing the “Lens flare” layer’s blend mode from Normal to Screen. You’ll find the blend mode option in the upper left of the Layers panel:

                                                      Changing the blend mode of the “Lens Flare” layer to Screen.

                                                      With the blend mode set to Screen, all of the black on the layer disappears, leaving only the lens flare itself:

                                                      The Screen blend mode hides the black and keeps the lens flare.

                                                      Step 7: Adjust The Color Of The Lens Flare

                                                      You can adjust the colors in your lens flare so they better match the colors of your image. First make sure you still have the “Lens flare” layer selected in the Layers panel. Then go up to the Image menu at the top of the screen, choose Adjustments, then choose Hue/Saturation:

                                                      This opens the Hue/Saturation dialog box. Dragging the Hue slider left or right will shift the colors in your lens flare as if you’re rotating them around a color wheel. Choose colors that are a good match for your photo. In my case, the lens flare already contains some nice reds and oranges that work well, but I’ll drag the Hue slider a bit to the right to shift the colors more towards yellow:

                                                      Dragging the Hue slider to change the colors in the lens flare.

                                                      The result after shifting the colors in the flare.

                                                      Step 8: Apply The Gaussian Blur Filter

                                                      The only problem remaining is that the edges of the lens flare look too sharp, so let’s soften them by applying some blurring. We’ll use Photoshop’s Gaussian Blur filter. Go up to the Filter menu at the top of the screen, choose Blur, then choose Gaussian Blur:

                                                      Drag the Radius slider along the bottom of the Gaussian Blur dialog box towards the right. The further you drag the slider, the more blurring you’ll apply to the lens flare and the softer it will appear. Keep an eye on your image as you drag the slider to judge the results since the amount you need will depend on the size of your image. In my case, a Radius value of around 12 pixels works well:

                                                      Dragging the Radius slider in the Gaussian Blur dialog box.

                                                      The effect after blurring the lens flare.

                                                      Step 9: Adjust The Intensity Of The Lens Flare (Optional)

                                                      Finally, there’s a couple of ways that we can adjust the intensity of the lens flare depending on whether you need to increase or decrease its brightness. If you’re already happy with the way things look, you can skip this last step, but if you find that your lens flare is too bright, you can reduce its intensity by lowering the opacity of the “Lens flare” layer. You’ll find the Opacity option in the upper right of the Layers panel, directly across from the blend mode option. The more you lower the opacity value from its default 100%, the more the lens flare will fade into the image:

                                                      Lowering the opacity of the “Lens flare” layer.

                                                      Here’s the result after lowering the opacity to around 80%. The lens flare is now less visible:

                                                      The effect after lowering the lens flare opacity.

                                                      Or, if you find that your lens flare isn’t bright enough, there’s an easy way to make it brighter, and that’s by duplicating the “Lens flare” layer. I’ll set my Opacity value back to 100%:

                                                      Setting Opacity back to 100%.

                                                      To duplicate the layer, go up the Layer menu at the top of the screen, choose New, then choose Layer Via Copy. You can also press Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac) on your keyboard to duplicate the layer with the faster shortcut:

                                                      Photoshop adds a copy of the “Lens flare” layer above the original:

                                                      The Layers panel showing the new “Lens flare copy” layer.

                                                      With two lens flare layers now in the document, both set to the Screen blend mode, the effect becomes much brighter. In fact, it’s now too bright:

                                                      The lens flare is now twice as bright as it was before.

                                                      I really only needed it to be a little brighter, not a lot brighter, so to reduce its intensity, I’ll lower the opacity of the “Lens flare copy” layer all the way down to around 20%:

                                                      Lowering the opacity of the “Lens flare copy” layer.

                                                      And with that, we’re done! Here, after lowering the opacity, is my final lens flare effect:

                                                      The final result.

                                                      And there we have it! That’s how to easily add lens flare to an image without harming the original photo using a combination of the Lens Flare filter and the non-destructive power of layers and layer blend modes in Photoshop! Check out our Photo Effects section for more Photoshop effects tutorials!

                                                      How To Emulate Ps2 Games On An M1 Mac With Aethersx2

                                                      AetherSX2 is a newly released PS2 emulator (which is still in Alpha) that can emulate PS2 games even on the base M1 Macbook Air at full speed. If you like the idea of loading up your favorite PS2 games on your shiny Apple Silicon computer, we’ll show you how it’s done.

                                                      What Is Emulation?

                                                      The Playstation 2 is a very different kind of computer than an Apple computer. Especially one with a CPU like the M1 in it. They don’t speak the same “language” at all and the arrangement of physical processors doesn’t align with each other.

                                                      AetherSX2 uses a technique known as “emulation” to make the PS2 game think that it’s running on original console hardware. Therefore, emulation requires more processing power than the original system offered.

                                                      That’s because you’re creating a computer within a computer in a sense. However, emulation methods have become quite efficient over the years. There’s no such thing as perfect emulation, but the results are often more than good enough for most players.

                                                      Why the M1 Is Perfect for Emulating Games

                                                      Apple’s M1 processor is actually a gaming powerhouse. Its CPUs perform just as well as much larger laptops, and it has more GPU power than a PlayStation 4.

                                                      Native M1 Emulators Are Scarce

                                                      There are quite a few emulators for various console systems for macOS. OpenEmu contains numerous “cores” that can emulate consoles like the PS1 or Atari 2600. There’s also PCSX2, which is perhaps the best-known PS2 emulator. PCSX2 has a macOS version, sort of. At the time of writing it’s an unofficial offshoot by a coder known as Tellowkrinkle.

                                                      What these macOS emulators have in common is that they are written to run on Intel Macs, and not the new generation of Apple Silicon machines. In other words, they have to run through the Rosetta 2 translation layer, which itself has a performance cost and occasional compatibility issues. In our tests with PCSX2, we could never emulate PS2 games at full speed.

                                                      AetherSX2 is the first PS2 emulator on macOS that runs native ARM code, which is the “language” that Apple Silicon processors understand. This means it can run many games at much faster performance levels than PCSX2 and it requires less CPU power and battery consumption to do it.

                                                      Legal Considerations When Emulating

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                                                      Depending on where you live, emulation may be legal, in a gray area, or against the law. It’s your responsibility to determine which is the case in your region. In general, it’s legal to make backups of video games that you have paid for and then use them with an emulator, but if you download games from the internet without paying for them, it’s tantamount to piracy. So let your own moral compass be your guide.

                                                      AetherSX2 Requirements

                                                      AetherSX2 is actually a port of an Android application. Amazingly, the creators who ported it don’t even own a Mac! So the only requirement to run the emulator is an Apple Silicon Mac starting with the M1 and including anything faster, such as the M1 Pro, Max, Ultra, or M2. AetherSX will not run on any Intel Mac.

                                                      You need to connect the controller via USB or Bluetooth the same way you would for any game. There’s official support for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series controllers in macOS.

                                                      How to Set Up AetherSX

                                                      To get AetherSX2 running on your Apple Silicon Mac, the first thing you need to do is download the software archive. Then unzip it, if your browser hasn’t already done it for you. You may want to copy the app to your “Applications” folder, but that’s up to you!

                                                      Confirm any prompts asking you if you’re sure you want to run the software.

                                                      Now, search on Google (or the engine of your choice) for “PS2 BIOS files”. We won’t link to them directly here, but they shouldn’t be hard to find. Do scan the files for viruses just to be safe. The contents of the folder should look something like this.

                                                      You can drag your BIOS files here, though you’ll have to give AetherSX2 file access permissions to complete the process.

                                                      Next, copy your game disc image files to a dedicated directory. We’ve created a disc image of our physical copy of Valkyrie Profile 2. You’ll need a DVD drive to create such a folder along with an application to make disc images.

                                                      Note: You may also choose to simply download an image from the internet of the game that someone else has made, which would be identical to an image you’ve made yourself. However, this may have legal implications depending on where in the world you live, so you do so at your own risk.

                                                      Although AetherSX2 has a “Start From Disc” option in its menus, we weren’t able to play our game directly from its DVD. Hopefully, this will work properly in a future version. Fortunately, whenever you put new game images into this folder, the software will automatically list it.

                                                      Select “Add Game Directory” and pick the folder you’ve copied your games to.

                                                      Your games should now be listed.

                                                      The game should now be running easily!

                                                      Additional AetherSX Settings When Emulating

                                                      Getting a game running is only the first step. You’ll almost certainly want to explore the settings menu to adjust aspects of how the game runs.

                                                      The only immediate change we’d recommend is changing the internal resolution to either 1080p or 1440p, which will dramatically improve the clarity of the game. Although this comes with a performance hit that may be too heavy depending on the specific game. Only change other settings after researching what each one does.

                                                      Different games may need different tweaks and settings to run correctly. So it’s a good idea to check out the community compatibility list to see how well various games run and if they need any specific tweaking.

                                                      AetherSX2 Still Has Problems

                                                      AetherSX2 has amazing performance, running most of the games we’ve tried with it at full speed. However, it’s still a very early version of the emulator for macOS. This means that some games aren’t going to work perfectly and some might not be playable at all.

                                                      If you like what AetherSX2 has achieved on Apple Silicon Macs so far, you can support the developers on their Patreon so they can get the right test equipment to improve the software.

                                                      Like all console emulators, there’s always a little bit of work, you have to do to emulate PS2 games way you like, or to deal with minor visual bugs. Still, when AetherSX2 is firing on all cylinders it’s a sight to behold.

                                                      Image credit: Pexels All screenshots by Sydney Butler

                                                      Sydney Butler

                                                      Sydney Butler is a technology writer with a background in Psychology who has written for a wide variety of technology outlets including How-To-Geek, Online Tech Tips, Helpdesk Geek, 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, and many more. He has 25 years of technology troubleshooting experience as a technician and user-education practitioner.

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                                                      How To Remove An Added List Items Using Javascript?

                                                      In HTML, developers can use the ‘ul’ tag to create a list of items. We can add all related items to the single list. We can also manage the list items using JavaScript.

                                                      Sometimes, developers require to add or remove list items using JavaScript. We can access the list items using the particular attribute value and use the removechild() method to remove the list item.

                                                      In this tutorial, we will take the input from the users, and according to the value, we will remove the list item.


                                                      Users can follow the syntax below to remove an added list items using javaScript

                                                      var item = document.getElementById(ID); list.removeChild(item);

                                                      In the above syntax, we accessed the list item using the id. After that, we used the removechild() method to remove the selected list item from the list.

                                                      Example 1 (Removing the dynamic element from the list)

                                                      In JavaScript, we access the list and text input values. In the addCar() function, we first create list items and then set the id for the list item. Next, we create a text node, append it to the list item, and then append the list item to the list using the appendchild() method.

                                                      var carList = document.getElementById(“cars”); var carName = document.getElementById(“carName”); function addCar() { var li = document.createElement(“li”); li.setAttribute(‘id’, carName.value); let text = document.createTextNode(carName.value); li.appendChild(text); carList.appendChild(li); } function removeCar() { var item = document.getElementById(carName.value); carList.removeChild(item); }

                                                      Example 2 (Removing the last element from the list)

                                                      In the example below, we remove the last list items from the list using JavaScript. This example is very similar to the first example, but the difference is that we remove the last list items in this one and the dynamic list item in the first example.

                                                      In the removeCar() function, we used the ‘lastElementChild’ property to get the last child element of the list. After that, we remove the last element if it exists.

                                                      var carList = document.getElementById(“cars”); var carName = document.getElementById(“carName”); function addCar() { var li = document.createElement(“li”); li.setAttribute(‘id’, carName.value); let text = document.createTextNode(carName.value); li.appendChild(text); carList.appendChild(li); } function removeCar() { var lastElement = carList.lastElementChild; if (lastElement) { carList.removeChild(lastElement); } }

                                                      Example 3

                                                      In the example below, we remove all list items using JavaScript. Here, we have created the list of items.

                                                      In JavaScript, we defined the addItem() function to add items and the clearAll() function to remove all items from the list. In the clearAll() function, we use the ‘firstchild’ property to get the first child of the list and the removechild() method to remove the child. We use the while loop and make iterations until it removes all children of the list.

                                                      In the output, users can press the clear all button to remove all items from the list.

                                                      var items = document.getElementById(“itmes”); var itemValue = document.getElementById(“itemValue”); function addItems() { var li = document.createElement(“li”); li.setAttribute(‘id’, itemValue.value); let text = document.createTextNode(itemValue.value); li.appendChild(text); items.appendChild(li); } function clearAll() { while (items.firstChild) { items.removeChild(items.firstChild); } }


                                                      Users learned to remove the dynamic items from the list. The basic approach is that every list item should have a unique identifier to access and remove the dynamic list item and remove it. Here, we used the list item value as an id itself for an identifier.

                                                      In the second example, we remove only the last child element from the list; in the third example, we remove all list items together.

                                                      How To Sharpen An Image In Photoshop (4 Best Methods)

                                                      Sharpening your photos in post-processing is a great way to enhance details or improve the quality of an image before printing. In Photoshop, there are a number of ways to sharpen your photos that prove more versatile than your standard sharpening slider found in most photo editing programs. One of the best ways to sharpen your photos in Photoshop is with the help of an Unsharp Mask.

                                                      You can also apply this effect to photos that come out slightly blurry, if the autofocus on the camera pointed to the wrong area, or if your manual focusing was slightly off. 

                                                      It’s important to note that sharpening an image will only enhance the details in the photo and is not a method of creating new details. This method will work by sharpening the in-focus areas of an image and may slightly improve blurred or out-of-focus areas.

                                                      Video Tutorial

                                                      4 Ways To Sharpen An Image In Photoshop

                                                      These methods sharpen an image and increase the edge contrast to make your image details appear sharper. Since Photoshop can’t add details that the camera didn’t capture, this is the most effective way of making an image appear more in focus and less blurry.

                                                      Use one of the methods below that work best on your image, and be mindful that over-sharpening an image will create unwanted halo effects or grain within the image. 

                                                      1. Using An Unsharp Mask

                                                      The Unsharp Mask uses a mix of manual adjustment and Photoshop’s AI algorithms to create a sharper image. You can adjust the sliders to make the right amount of sharpening for your photo.

                                                      To use the Unsharp Mask, open your image in Photoshop. You can duplicate your background layer if you will be adding other edits to the image by pressing Control + J (Win) or Command + J (Mac). However, we will create a smart filter that allows you to edit or delete the Unsharp Mask at any stage in this method.

                                                      Note: Photoshop will only sharpen one layer at a time, so if you have multiple edits and want to apply the effect to all the layers, you will need to merge the layers before you sharpen the image.

                                                      An icon appears in the corner of the image’s thumbnail, indicating that the layer is now a Smart Object and no longer a Rasterized layer.

                                                      You will now have a close-up of your image in the workspace. Make sure you move the image around so you have a spot where you will be able to see the sharpening effect, such as on the subject of the picture. You can move the image by holding the Spacebar while dragging the image around.

                                                      Once you select the menu item, the Unsharp Mask dialogue box will appear. 

                                                      Now, you can adjust the sliders at the bottom while seeing the changes in your image. The sliders work as follows:

                                                      The Amount slider determines the level of contrast added to the edges in the image. Essentially this lightens the light side of an edge and darkens the dark side. 

                                                      If you increase the amount too much, the light areas will turn completely white, and the darker areas will become black, creating an over-sharpened image.

                                                      Amount set to 50% Amount set to 500%

                                                      Setting the Amount will depend on how sharp your image is already, the size, and whether the image is for print or web. However, here is a rough guide for choosing the amount (although it is somewhat subjective).

                                                      Web: When editing an image for low-resolution use, such as online purposes, an Amount value between 50% and 80% will be enough.

                                                      Print: If you are printing the image in high resolution, it’s best to increase the Amount to somewhere between 140% and 200%.

                                                      I will set this image to 100% to demonstrate the effect.

                                                      Next, the Radius slider affects the thickness of the edges. The thickness is how many pixels extending from the edges Photoshop should include in the sharpening Amount that you set previously. Currently, the Radius is set to 1, which means that the sharpening effect is applied to 1 pixel on the dark side and 1 pixel on the light side.

                                                      Increasing the Radius value will extend the number of affected pixels outwards from the edges. Here, we can see what happens when we increase the Radius from 1 to 20.

                                                      Radius set to 1 Radius set to 20

                                                      The image on the right looks much darker as the increased contrast is applied to more areas of the image. Adding too large of a radius will create an unrealistic effect on the image, and halos will begin forming.

                                                      When setting the Radius value, you should look for an amount before any halo effects start appearing on the image. Again the guidelines here will depend on whether you are using the image for web or print.

                                                      Web: Set the Radius between 1 to 3 pixels.

                                                      Print: Set the Radius between 0.5 and 0.9 pixels.

                                                      In this case, I will set the Radius at 10 pixels for demonstration purposes.

                                                      Lastly, the Threshold value determines how much to limit the sharpening of the image since the Unsharp Mask function doesn’t detect the edges as intuitively as other sharpening methods. When the Threshold value is set at 0, the process will sharpen all the pixels in the image. Increasing this value will limit how much of the photo is sharpened.

                                                      Threshold set to 100 Threshold set to 100

                                                      The Threshold determines how much contrast there should be between pixels to consider them an “edge.” I would suggest refraining from setting this above 10, and in this case, I will set it at 1 to ensure the sharpening effect is applied to most of the image.

                                                      Once you have adjusted the sliders, select OK to apply the sharpening effect to the image.

                                                      When using the Unsharp Mask, the brightness and color of the pixels in the image are affected. This may cause oversaturation and different colors appearing in the image when they shouldn’t. 

                                                      Now, when you zoom out of your image by pressing Control + 0 (Win) or Command + 0 (Mac), you will notice the image is much sharper than before

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                                                      Note: You can find more recommended settings for the Unsharp Mask in this guide.

                                                      2. Using The High Pass Filter

                                                      Using the High Pass Filter method works by detecting edges in the image and highlighting these edges. 

                                                      Once you add the filter, the High Pass dialogue box will open, and the image will turn gray while highlighting the detected edges in the image.

                                                      Next, adjust the Radius slider to determine how far beyond the detected edges the sharpening effect should be applied. Setting the radius to 1 pixel will extend the impact by 1 pixel on the light side of the edge and 1 pixel on the left side of the edge.

                                                      If you slide the Radius down to 0,1 — the lowest value — you will notice that the image becomes completely gray. While increasing the slider to 1000 pixels — the highest value — will make the image a lot more visible. 

                                                      Radius set to 0.1 pixels Radius set to 1,000 pixels

                                                      However, the point is not to see the image but to see the subject contoured. The right balance is around 10 pixels for demonstration purposes for this image, although generally, a value between 2 and 6 pixels works well. Once the pixels are selected, press OK to apply the filter.

                                                      Select the drop-down menu next to Mode when the dialogue box opens, and select the suitable Blend Mode for your image.

                                                      The best Modes to use in this instance are:

                                                      Soft Light for a subtle sharpening effect with low contrast

                                                      Overlay to produce a high contrast effect

                                                      Hard Light for a bold sharpening effect

                                                      Linear Light for the boldest sharpening effect

                                                      Once you have chosen the blend mode, hit Ok, and the image is sharper.

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                                                      I now have a more subtle sharpen effect on the image.

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                                                      3. Using Camera Raw

                                                      When working with Raw files, you can quickly sharpen the image in the Camera RAW window. This will add the sharpening effect to the image before you open it in the workspace and sharpen the luminosity — not the color — of the entire image.

                                                      It’s perfectly okay to sharpen the image in Camera RAW if you won’t be editing the image much in Photoshop. However, if you still need to edit the image extensively, save the sharpening for last using one of the other methods.

                                                      Now to begin sharpening the image, zoom in by pressing Control + + (Win) or Command + + (Mac). Then open the Detail tab in the right-hand panel.

                                                      Adjust the sliders to achieve the desired sharpening result for your image. The sliders affect the sharpening as follows:

                                                      Sharpening: This slider works similar to the Unsharp Mask by sharpening pixels that are assumed to be edges based on the difference in the surrounding pixels. Camera Raw automatically calculates the Threshold level based on the camera model, exposure, and ISO.

                                                      Radius: Sets how many pixels are sharpened around the supposed edges in the image. Setting this too high will create an unnatural effect on the image.

                                                      Detail: Alters how much high-frequency areas are sharpened and to what extent the edges are emphasized. Lower values reduce blurring, and higher values highlight textures in the image.

                                                      Masking: This slider affects the edge mask. A low value will add the sharpening to most of the image, while a higher value will only sharpen the areas close to distinct edges. Hold in Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) while adjusting the slider to view the mask on the image.

                                                      You will now have a sharpened image.

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                                                      4. Using Smart Sharpen

                                                      The Smart Sharpen method can detect edges, unlike the Unsharp Mask, and this allows the filter to sharpen edges while ignoring noise in the image. This filter also has more settings for you to adjust to give you more control over how the image is affected.

                                                      When the Smart Sharpen dialogue box opens, adjust the preview box and check the box next to Preview as in the previous examples. You will notice Photoshop has automatically sharpened the image.

                                                      Now you can adjust the various sliders as desired for your image. The Amount and Radius sliders work the same as in Unsharp Mask, although this filter accurately detects the edges in the image. 

                                                      The Reduce Noise slider is an additional feature that allows you to reduce the amount of noise in the image. Don’t decrease the noise too much, or the image will soften too much.

                                                      Lens Blur: is the general setting that detects the edges in the image

                                                      Gaussian Blur: works like the Unsharp Mask without any edge detection

                                                      Motion Blur: is best used for blurred areas caused by camera shake

                                                      Both the shadow and highlight sections have the same settings, which work as follows:

                                                      Fade Amount: Adjust how much the sharpening fades in the shadows or highlights. Increasing the value decreases how much sharpening is applied to those areas.

                                                      Tonal Width: This slider sets the range of brightness levels within the fade amount set above. In most cases, this should remain at 50%.

                                                      Radius: The Radius slider works as the other radius slider (in the unsharp mask method) to determine how many pixels are affected by the sharpening. This is based on the fade amount and determines whether pixels fall into the tonal range specified in the shadows or highlights.

                                                      Once you have saved the Preset, you can easily find it by loading it next time you need to use it. Once you finish adjusting and saving the settings, select OK to apply the filter to your image.

                                                      Your image will now be sharper than before.

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                                                      How To Apply Selective Sharpening In Photoshop

                                                      On certain images, you may want to only apply the sharpening effect to some regions of the image. Using the image sharpened with the High Pass filter as an example, I want to only sharpen the man in the image and leave the bits of snow around him slightly blurred.

                                                      This method works with any type of sharpening effect, except for Camera Raw, meaning you can use any of the other examples. 

                                                      Once you have sharpened the image with your preferred method, select the layer mask of the Smart Filter. The white in the thumbnail displays everything that is affected by the filter.

                                                      Now, select the Brush Tool (B) and ensure you set the foreground color to Black.

                                                      Next, you can simply brush over the areas where you want to remove the smart filter. You will notice black areas on the layer mask, which show the areas where the filter is removed.

                                                      Then, with the Smart Filter layer mask selected press Alt + Delete (Win) or Option + Delete (Mac). This command will automatically remove the filter from everything within the selection, leaving only the subject with the sharpen filter applied, as you will see in the layer mask.

                                                      Your image will now only have the sharpened areas that you have chosen while the rest of the image is as it was previously.

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                                                      The method of sharpening you use ultimately depends on the workflow you prefer. In my case, I tend to use Camera Raw or the Unsharp Mask for my sharpening adjustments. This is simply because I like the options these methods provide in terms of sharpening control. So be sure to try all four of these sharpening techniques in Photoshop to see which one you prefer!

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