Opinion from sharpening experts

Started Dec 5, 2012 | Questions thread
phototransformations Senior Member • Posts: 2,829
Re: Opinion from sharpening experts

FrankParis wrote:

I've been using Photoshop Elements to sharpen E-M5 photos reduced from unsharpened full size images to 1024x768, using three techniques:

1. "Image>Resize>Image Size" with "Bicubic Sharper (best for reduction)"

2. "Enhance>Adjust Sharpness: from (1) with Amount=25%, Radius=0.5, Remove=Gaussian Blur, More Refined = unchecked.

3. "Enhance>Auto Sharpen" from (1).

These were all taken with the LP 25mm at f/5.6.

Technique 3

Technique 1

Technique 2

To my eyes (3) looks way oversharpened, (1) looks okay, and I'm not sure about (2). What do you think?

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Frank Paris

I used to use a multi-pass sharpening approach, using Unsharp Mask to achieve partial sharpening, sometimes using masks with Focus Magic for selective sharpening, and then another pass for printing or web use. But since the advent of PS Smart Sharpen, that tool seems to do the job. I'll still sometimes do a global light sharpening to overcome the AA filter or a soft lens, but most of the time light output sharpening with Smart Sharpen is sufficient, at least for my G1 and G3 files.

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