I loved this photo I took of my daughter at the park, but it was too soft. I didn't want to toss it, so I decided I'd just sharpen in in Photoshop. Before I show you the quick and easy steps I used to sharpen my image, check out the Before and After.
Just use the slider on the image below to see the transformation.
Step 1: Duplicate the Background Layer
I simply right click on the background layer in the Layers Palette and choose Duplicate Layer to create a new copy of the layer on top of my original layer.
Step 2: Add a High Pass Filter to the New Layer
With the new layer selected (highlighted) choose Filter > Other > High Pass to open the High Pass Filer Adjustments.
Step 3: Adjust the High Pass Filter
Use the slider to fine tune the filter, then click OK when you are finished.
Step 4: Change the Layer Blending Mode to Overlay
At the top of your Layers Palette there is a drop down with multiple blending modes. Choose Overlay from this drop down to apply it to your new layer.
Step 5: Adjust the Opacity
Use the Opacity Slider at the top of your Layers Palette to achieve the desired results.