Output Options; Selective Sharpening; An Ideal Choice For Portraits Or Blurry Backgrounds With An In-Focus Subject Page 2
Paint over the area you want to have the sharpening visible and as you paint
you'll notice the Layer Mask icon is changing to reflect where you've
painted, and the sharpened image is starting to show.
If you find that you've gone too far with your painting, just switch to black by clicking the black square (or simply press X to toggle between black and white) and paint back over the areas you want to hide. Once you've revealed all of the areas you want the sharpening applied to, you're done!
One of the biggest advantages to using selective sharpening, outside of the
obvious, is that you can sharpen each area of your image at the optimal settings.
This is done by adding multiple layers and sharpening each appropriately, and
then applying a layer mask to each layer.
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