Exposure Sharpening Techniques Photo Editing Tutorial

Image sharpening is great for enhancing texture and drawing a viewer’s focus. Our new photo editing tutorial video teaches on the different methods of sharpening available in Exposure.

There are several reasons to add sharpening to your photos at various stages in your workflow. Applications of sharpening can be categorized into three flavors: capture sharpening, creative sharpening, and output sharpening. Each type serves a specific purpose during post processing.

Our photo editing tutorial demonstrates how to use Exposure to apply sharpening at different processing stages. The video shows which sharpening technique to apply, what it does, and when to use it. And it explains how to properly adjust the effect controls and get great-looking results.

Watch the video, below.

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  1. Michelle Prince June 12, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I have exposure x not x2, can you see the real time edit in this version because when i hold the alt key i am not getting the gray real time look

    • Finley Lee June 12, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Hi Michelle,

      This capability was added in Exposure X2.

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