Sharpen, Sharpen More and Sharpen Edges filters actually works in Photoshop CS5

Yes this commands works in Ps CS5 and pretty good in my opinion. There is only one disadvantage: this filters does not have dialogs when applying them, but every sharpening requires Fade and blending mode Luminosity to limit sharpening only to details on image. If we take in account Fade and Blending Options dialogs which comes after sharpening then we have control over intensity of sharpening. This control is through Opacity slider in both Fade and Blending Options dialogs. So if you are using standard filters such Unsharp Mask and High Pass for sharpening, switch to Sharpen and Sharpen More and deal with only Opacity slider without to think Radius and Treshold and what this sliders do inside Photoshop. To not forget and Sharpen Edges command which do exactly what its name says: sharpen only edges.

Sharpen regular layer
When sharpening on regular standard layer after applying Sharpen filter go to Edit > Fade Sharpen and change Mode to Luminosity then drag Opacity slider to the left if you think image is too sharp. If image is not enough sharp then re apply Sharpen or try Sharpen More.

Fade dialog in Adobe Photoshop
Fade dialog in Adobe Photoshop

Sharpen Smart Object
When taking advantage of Smart Object, double click two arrows on right side of filters name to open Blending Options and do the same thing: change Mode to Luminosity and drag Opacity slider watching changes on image in main window (enlarge image pressing keyboard shortcut Ctrl + (+) even if dialog is open).

Open Blending Options dialog when working with Smart Object in Adobe Photoshop
Open Blending Options when working with Smart Object in Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop / Filter effects reference
Photoshop Help / Adjusting image sharpness and blur

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5


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