Sharpening Software

Started Jun 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Sharpening Software
In reply to charley5, Jun 24, 2012

There is Pre or Raw Sharpening. There is sharpening for Display (The Web), and there is sharpening for Printer Output.

An image sharpened for Printer Output will look kinda horrible on the Web or your display Monitor. (Most do not realise this). Similarly that sharpened for the Web will not look good in Print.

Sharpening for Web will also look differant on differant monitors of various folks viewing it, because each of their monitors may be calibrated differently. Most monitors are not calibrated. Mostly professional photographers and retouchers calibrate their monitors.

Sharpening for printer output, requires you to specify the printer, and therefore, it will print properly for that reason alone.

Nik Sharpener Pro is a good sharpener, if you can afford it. It gets cheaper if you buy it along with its cousins, nik color efex, dfine (noise reduction) et al. But still expensive.

But for amateur use, you can always use Photoshop's built in sharpeners, like High Pass, Unsharp Mask etc. The settings can be used to emulate Web and Printer, by trial and error.

I am sure others will pitch in with their favorites.
Regards Antioch

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