I found that PhotoScape X is a great application for editing photos.  And I am very happy that both Windows and Mac users can download the application free from PhotoScape X site. You can upgrade but the free version is enough for most people.

Today I will show you how to sharpen an image — not the entire photo, but partially using a mask.

Sharpening Image using PhotoScape X

Before and After

I created a 3’36” video. You can watch this video first or scroll down and read first.

 

Sharpening Image using PhotoScape X

1. Open the file to edit in PhotoScape X.

Make sure you are in Editor on the top. (Fig.1)

Sharpening Image using PhotoScape X

Fig.1: The Original RAW file opened from Photo Scape X.

Since this image is dark, I will brighten this before sharpening.

2. Exposure and Adjusting color

Choose Color on the right top. (Fig.2→1 )

Sharpening Image using PhotoScape X

Fig.2 :Adjusting some things from Color before sharpening.

a) Adjust Exposure, Vibrance and Saturation by sliding up the numbers. (Fig.2→2)

b) You can press Compare to see the difference as you adjust. (Fig.2→3)

c) Click Apply when you are satisfied. (Fig.2-4)

3. Sharpening image

Sharpening Image using PhotoScape X

Fig.3: Choose Edit – Sharpen.

a) Choose Sharpen from “Edit” (Fig.3) When you click Sharpen, the sharpen tools appears. (Fig.4)

b) I will mask the squirrel because I don’t want the entire image to be sharp. Only the masked part will be sharpened.

c) There are four types of Masks. I chose mask . (arrow Fig.4)

d) Check Show Mask, so you see the area you are going to sharpen. (Fig.4)

Sharpening Image using PhotoScape X

Fig.4:Use mask to sharpen one area.

e) Zoom in on the subject by sliding toward ➕ at the bottom. (Fig.5→1)

Sharpening Image using PhotoScape X

Fig.5 Zoom in and sharpen

f) Slide the amount of sharpening as much as you like. (Fig.5→2)

g) Press Compare to see the image before and after you sharpened. (Fig.5→3)

h) If you are satisfied with it, click “Apply”. (Fig.5→4)

Sharpening Image using PhotoScape X

Fig. 6: Compare to original and save.

i) Zoom out again to make the whole image fit to screen and Compare with the original. If you are satisfied with the edited image, Save. (Fig.6)

 

Hope you enjoy photo editing with PhotoScapeX. ☺️