Output sharpening in Aperture (considering escaping to Lightroom)

Started Apr 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Output sharpening - Ap, LR, Topaz & Nik
In reply to Jacques Cornell, Apr 7, 2013

Lightroom's sharpening, taken by itself, compared to "edge sharpening" in Aperture, is slightly better.  Hard to say if you can actually achieve a significantly better printed image using a combination of Edge Sharpen, Camera RAW Fine Tuning and Definition in Aperture, compared Sharpening and Clarity in LR.

nik Sharpener Pro is in a different category.  The algorithm is much more sophisticated and analytical.  It compensates for the physical size of the print, the expected viewing distance, the type of output device, allows you to play with focus, structure, local contrast, & output sharpening strength.  You also can add control points to sharpen selective areas.  Also, you can change how aggressive the Adaptive sharpening  is.  Of course, in both Aperture and Lightroom, you can "paint" in sharpening in selected areas, and you can stack those adjustments.

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