I'm not sure where you're going with this. But you can save the sharpening settings as a preset. If you're using Photoshop CC you could call the Camera Raw filter and recall that preset from within Photoshop. But as far as I know, there isn't any way to recall a mask created in Camera Raw from Photoshop.
In the sharpening section of ACR when I hold the Alt key while adjusting the masking slider... how can I save that mask to use later when I'm in Photoshop?
You can't...the display is only showing you the edge masking ACR is creating inside of ACR. There's no way to save that and use it elsewhere since it really only exists inside of ACR.
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Camera Raw is a plug-in to Photoshop because it is providing access to non-pixel data. In my opinion, it's unlikely that there is any way to integrate a mask from a plug-in to the main program. But this isn't really the forum to expect Adobe engineers to hear ideas such as yours. Here is the link to express your idea. It's more likely to at least get some feedback from those who know.
thank you so much!!!
The mask you see in Camera Raw is an automated version of a mask that some have already been using in Photoshop for many years, so instead of trying to transfer the Camera Raw mask to Photoshop, you can also build your own mask like that in Photoshop in just a few steps. There's a demo in the video below, but the basic idea is to copy the image layer, run the High Pass filter on the copy, and use the result as an edge mask. You can adjust the strength of your Photoshop edge mask layer by changing the High Pass radius, changing layer Opacity, applying a layer blending mode, or using commands like Levels and Curves to adjust the contrast of the mask layer itself.
Sorry but I disagree... I use the applied image method of sharpening, I
"NEVER" use the High Pass filter, because of it's innate flaws. If you use
the High Pass filter and match it with the same radius Low Pass filter
(Gaussian Blur) and combine the two filters in a group. These two filters
combined should have "0" effect, They should perfectly cancel each other
out. As you turn the group on and off you will see that the High Pass
filter is less than perfect...the shadow and highlight areas are distorted.
If you do the exact same thing with the applied image method there is "NO
CHANGE" when you turn off that group. I admit it is a bit more work but you
can solve that with actions and build a number of them with different
radius. Look up High Pass sucks for the step by step. Plus by using a
clever radius in applied image you will also create a frequency separation
and do sharpening at the same time by how you mask things....
Plus your method doesn't create a black and white mask that you can combine
with other black and white masks.