Selective Sharpening with Protect Details in Photoshop CC

There are a ton of sophisticated ways to sharpen an image in Photoshop, but if you want something super quick and simple you can use the sharpen tool – however you do need to know how to use it which is what Portrait photographer Nathaniel Dodson (from the website tutvid) demonstrates in this super quick video.

The sharpening tool has been in Photoshop for years – the problem is that if you are not careful you will get very poor over sharpened results when using it. If you do want some local sharpening done quickly there is a way around this – use the protect details box and you will not have this issue (although you still need to be careful with the amount of sharpening you apply of course).

Bonus video – Toolbox Shortcuts in Photoshop


In the past we have looked at many (more) advanced sharpening techniques in Photoshop including “How to Make Your Vacation Photos Look Amazing in Photoshop” by Aaron Nace from Phlearn, What You Need to Know About Sharpening Images by Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes and “Enhance Texture and Detail with Intelligent High Pass Sharpening in Photoshop” by Michael Woloszynowicz from vibrantshot.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. You can also check Dodson’s previous videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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