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How To Enhance A Photo With Sharpen DLX

By Whitney | Advanced Photo Editing Photo Editor Tutorials

The human eye is able to see contrast with incredible clarity, but that doesn’t always translate through your camera lens. When you’re dealing with a lack of image contrast and clarity, our Sharpen DLX effect is here to make your photos look more realistic than ever before!  

What Does Sharpening Really Do

A common misconception about using sharpening effects on your images is that they will add in meticulous details that are missing. That’s not entirely the case. Instead, sharpening effects are more about edge enhancement - increasing the contrast of the edges within your photo, which brings more definition to the details in your photo. 

Normally, sharpening effects work to identify the boundaries of the sharp edges in your images, like the edge between a subject and it’s background, and then darken the dark pixels and brighten the bright pixels that surround those edges. Most image sharpeners treat all edges the same, applying a uniform amount of contrast across your entire photo. This works in minuscule amounts, go too far and you'll over expose your highlights and cause an unsightly 'halo effect' like in the example below.


Our Sharpen DLX effect is a step beyond. It has the ability to sense the difference between the sharper edges in your photo and the softer ones, applying just the right amount of contrast where your photo needs it the most. The result is a well-balanced image that makes your subjects pop without the dreaded halo effects that other sharpen tools produce.


When To Use Sharpen DLX

There are many reasons why photos end up lacking detail after you hit the capture button, but luckily the details can be restored with our photo enhancer! Here are four of the most common situations where Sharpen DLX will be your new best friend:

Low-Contrast Photos. If you want to really make your subjects pop, using Sharpen DLX will make the edges in your photo appear more crisp between the light and dark portions of your image, giving it more contrast.

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Low-light Situations. When you shoot in a dark environment, the details tend to get lost because there isn’t enough light to bring them out. Sharpen DLX works to identify the edges in low-light photography and bring the details out of the shadows.

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Moving Subjects. When you’re trying to photograph something that’s moving and you hit the capture button, especially if your shutter speed is on the slow side, you’ll end up with some fuzziness in your photo. Our Sharpen DLX can still sense the edges in your photo and clarify them.

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Photos With Texture. Whether you’re trying to bring out the detail in animal fur or distinguish the lines of a cityscape, the contrast that our Sharpen DLX effect adds will help enhance the clarity and realism. In the next section I'll show you how to bring out all the details with Sharpen DLX using the photo below. 

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The Photo Enhancer That Adds Clarity

To reveal the detail and clarity in your problem photos, head on over to BeFunky’s online Photo Enhancer and upload a photo, then click on Sharpen DLX.

In seconds, Sharpen DLX will automatically start sensing both the softer and the sharper edges in your photo and add varying amounts of contrast to both. If you want to go a step beyond and increase the amount of image contrast, click on the Settings Menu. Here, you’ll find more options to adjust the Opacity, Strength, and Detail Level of the effect.

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First, let’s talk details. Increasing Detail Level allows Sharpen DLX to sense even more texture in your photo and add more contrast where it's needed. Take a look at how many more details are present when the Detail Level slider is at 25% versus 100%:

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[su_befunky_protip protiptitle="Quick Tip"]Not all photos require a high Detail Level. It’s best to play around with the slider adjustments to see how well they work for your particular photo.[/su_befunky_protip]

The Strength slider represents the intensity of the Sharpen DLX effect. Increasing this slider is going to provide higher image contrast in your textures and edges. If you really want the details in your photo to stand out, increasing the Strength could be a good option. Here’s that same photo with the Strength at 25% versus 100%:

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[su_befunky_protip protiptitle="Quick Tip"]If you’re already working with a high-contrast photo, too much Strength could be overpowering. This effect works best if you’re trying to add more contrast to a low-contrast image.[/su_befunky_protip]

The Opacity slider controls the layer of the Sharpen DLX effect that sits on top of your original photo. Decreasing it will lessen the entire effect, making your original photo show through underneath.

Final Results

With the Sharpen DLX photo enhancer, it’s so easy to save those low-contrast images that plague every photographer. It's able to sense every edge in your photo, knowing exactly where to add more contrast and where to let the natural details shine. The result is a well-balanced photo that’s closer to what your eye saw in the first place.

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