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Photoshop Tips: The Digital Darkroom Target Workflow
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Save the layered file
Select File > Save a Copy. Rename the file and click save. Since this is layered file, the only format that is available is the native Photoshop format (.psd).

Flatten the image
Before applying sharpening to the entire image, select Layer > Flatten Image. This merges all of the layers into one.

Apply sharpening
Select View > Actual Pixels to view the image at 100%. Select Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. Increase the amount until you add enough contrast for the image to appear sharp. Drag the Radius slider to the right to increase the width of the sharpening. Note: a good rule of thumb for the radius amount is–for every 150 PPI you use for output, set the radius to one. Drag the threshold slider to the right to leave low contrast areas alone.

Save a copy of the file
Select File > Save a Copy and rename the image so as not to save over the layered file.

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Julieanne Kost is graphic arts evangelist for Adobe Systems Inc. For more information on Adobe, please visit http://www.adobe.com.