Taking Great Photos. Part 11: And the Award for Least Intuitive Name goes to: Unsharp Mask

Yes indeedy – if there were awards for the most confusing name – “Unsharp Mask” would be it. And it’s not just PhotoShop – other image editing software out there uses the same term – so there is some sort of sense to it, I suppose, or history, that I just am not aware of. Howsoever – it is a totally useful tool to put into your bag of tricks. What “Unsharp Mask” does, is make soft focus, or slightly fuzzy pictures, look like they are in sharper focus. So “unsharp” sharpens. Go figure. Access it in PS through the …