Use Unsharp Mask in Photoshop CS6

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You're watching VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show you how you can use the unsharp mask in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. To begin, you should either create a new document or open an existing one. As you can see, I've already opened a previous photo here, with the document showing on the tab on the left-hand side. My image has only one layer, as indicated on the right-hand side.

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Steps

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    Ensure that the right layer is selected.
    Click on the layer that should be worked on, if there is more than one.
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    Click "Filter".
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    Hover over "Sharpen".
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    Click the bottom option, "Unsharp Mask...".
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    Click and drag on the preview in the new window to move it around.
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    Click the plus sign beneath the preview image to zoom in.
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    Click the minus sign beneath the preview image to zoom out.
    What the unsharp mask does is takes the pixels from the edges of the image and gets rid of any of the pixels that aren't the same color. This gives the illusion of a sharper image, depending on how it is used. Underneath the preview image, we have "Amount", "Radius", and "Threshold".
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    Click and drag the slider under "Amount" to change it.
    Move to the right for more, and to the left for less.
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    Click in the field next to "Amount" and type a number.
    This is an alternative way to change the amount. For our image, changing the amount doesn't seem to make much difference. Depending on what we were doing, it could be quite dramatic.
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    Click and drag the slider under "Radius".
    As we increase it, it takes more block colors, in a way. This can be quite a nice effect.
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    Click in the field next to "Radius" and type in a preferred number.
    This is another way to change it.
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    Click and drag the slider under "Threshold".
    Move the slider and experiment, and see what you like.
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    Click "OK" when ready to apply the changes to the canvas.
    Alternatively, click "Cancel" to go back without changing the canvas.
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    This is a VisiHow video.
    I've just shown you how you can use the unsharp mask in Photoshop CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to add them to the section below, and we'll do our best to get back to you.
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