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Now that we've softened the image a little bit to get rid of the roughness, we want to come back in and sharpen it up. If you have a version of Photoshop before CS5, you'll need to combine all your layers--Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E, Shift+Command+ Option+E--then go up to Filter > Other > High Pass, and then just bring in some of the sharpness here. You can kind of eyeball it this way. Actually, I want to go in a little lower on this one. Then click OK and you use Soft Light. And if you have Photoshop CS5--I'm going to hide this right now-- go up to Image > Duplicate. Click OK. Don't need to name it. Right-click on your layer and Flatten Image. Just discard your hidden layers. Then we'll go up to Image > Adjustments > HDR Toning, and look through your defaults to see the results.
I'm going to stick with Photorealistic. Lets make the image a little larger, and bring it into focus, and punch up your detail, move your sliders around if you like. Bring some shadows and highlights into it. When you get to point when you like it, just click OK. Now we need to import it into our other image. Select your Move tool and then just pick it up and bring it into the tab of your original picture, hold down your Shift key, and drop it onto the image.
Then you can go ahead and delete the copy, the duplicate you just made, Soft Light, and lower the Opacity, just the same as with the High Pass. What you are looking for is just a subtle sharpening, not a lot, just to bring things a little bit more into focus.
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