6. Paint in the areas of the image you want to sharpen.

Yes, it's a bit more work, but here's why it works:

• Painting areas of the image hides the Gaussian Blur and reveals the sharper image behind the Gaussian Blur mask, leaving the unpainted areas still blurred.

• Painting reveals the sharper details of the chosen "bad" tie but leaves a softened look for the rest of the ties (which is probably a good thing; these were hanging on a clearance rack for a reason!), as shown in the image's final form in Figure 11-42.

To selectively sharpen an image, use the same approach used to blur the image: Create a layer and merge the previous layers. Sharpen the entire image, and create a Layer Mask to hide the sharpening. Paint the areas you want to sharpen, and that's it!

Figure 11-42: Softened photo, after painting in the sharp areas hidden by the Layer Mask.
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