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Blur with care

Ultra-sharp high contrast

Saturated sharpening

While you can always adjust the fill opacity afterward, you can't do so with Gaussian Blur—you would have to repeat the step So don't overdo the blur amount, otherwise the Hard Mix is no longer working its rough magic on pixels around the edges and the sharpening effect isn't going to work

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Sometimes Hard Mix can be just too aggressive, other times it can be what you want Here, by pushing its opacity up over 50%, the image has bleached out and has grossly saturated colors It reminds me of my experiments with color printing from slides—20 minutes' carefully controlled development and you find you gave the exposure too much time This is the result here—an ultra-sharp, high-contrast image with strong blues and bleached highlights

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Pushing up the Hard Mix layer's fill opacity can retain a natural appearance, while also pushing up the saturation Here, the Gaussian Blur radius was set to but the fill opacity was kept to 15%. Any more fill opacity and the photograph would have begun to posterize

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