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With certain photographs, whether it's an architectural shot or maybe an interior shot with a lot of interesting details, you can apply an edge sharpening effect, which can give your photographs that extra little snap. Let's take a look at how we can work on these two photographs to apply this technique. Here I'll click on the Detail panel. I'll start off by increasing my amount and the next I'm going to hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt on Windows and click and drag the Masking slider, so that the sharpening will just be applied to the edges as you can see here.
I'll zoom in a little bit, so we can see some of the details that we have to work with, and next what I'll do is I'll click on my Details slider while holding down the Option key again to see the details here. For architectural work, typically bringing up the Details slider and also the Masking slider can help limit the sharpening right to the edges, so here I'll go ahead and just bring these values up a bit more and then zoom in a little bit more closely, so you can see this. See how it's just adding that extra little bit of a snap to those edges.
Here I'll decrease the Radius amount, so it's a little bit of a tighter edge there, then also with my masking until I get a nice detail snap in the picture. Well, what about a photograph, say like this one? Well, this one as well can benefit from this. Again, increase your amount and then of course go to Masking. When we go straight to masking while holding out Option or Alt, because we want to limit this to these edges, so the edges really kind of shine or snap. Next we'll work with this Detail slider to bring that up.
And what this can do for us is while we have a really high amount of detail masking, is it can just limit that to those edges. If I zoom in on this picture a little bit, and then reposition everything is a bit more sparkly, a little bit more alive. Now while this works really well with architectural or interior shots like this, it doesn't necessarily work very well with people, because you'll start to notice that edge and it doesn't really draw your eye very well, it'll kind of be a little bit distracting or it will seem a little bit fake, yet with images like this as you can see here, it really helps add that extra little bit of vitality to your photographs.
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