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Old 07-08-2007, 07:55 AM
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Re: Sharpenign Techniques

Stamp visible (Ctrl Shft Alt E)
Run USM on the new layer using settings which are a little too strong.
Dup this layer (Ctrl J).
Set the top sharpen layer's blend mode to Lighten.
Set the bottom sharpen layer's blend mode to Darken.
Adjust the light and dark halos independently via Opacity.

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Old 07-08-2007, 08:19 AM
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Re: Sharpenign Techniques

Since you are having this discussion, I have been curious about the difference between Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpening. I feel that Smart Sharpen works better for me, but some of the Black Belts of Photoshop stick with Unsharp Mask. Would love to hear other opinions on this

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Old 08-05-2007, 12:43 PM
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Re: Sharpenign Techniques

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...I have been curious about the difference between Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpening. I feel that Smart Sharpen works better for me, but some of the Black Belts of Photoshop stick with Unsharp Mask. Would love to hear other opinions on this

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I've been going thru training videos by Deke McClelland at Lynda.com (thanks to Adobe's free 30 day promo), and Deke says that Smart Sharpen does all that USM does AND more. The "remove gaussian blur" option operates exactly the same as USM according to Deke (he demonstrates this, but I didn't compare each image pixel by pixel, and I am quite willing to take his word for it since they look identical ), and the other settings "remove lens blur" and "remove motion blur" offer more options which makes Smart Sharpen a better choice. He notes the lack of a Threshold setting, but thinks that the other settings add up to an overall better combination. I'd say he's one of the "Black Belts of Photoshop", and he agrees with you.

I've been working with PS 7 for years, and just upgraded to CS3 this summer, so I'm still playing with all of the added features (from V7) and wouldn't have known this without watching the training tape.
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:09 AM
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I'm using HIGH PASS, because you can see where the sharpening is added. Then I'm making a layer mask, to mask areas where I don't want to sharp. Ofcourse, I'm using it a lot, with may layers, different blending modes and opacity to get better results.

Also I'm using unsharp mask or (sometimes) the Smart sharp, but only when I need to sharp fast and if the high pass filter doesn't work good on some pictures.

In CS3 there are smart filters, where we can manipulate sharpening and it's blending mode without destroying the oryginal file. This is a very good idea, but it's working much slower with bigger files (even 700MB) and disable some editing options.

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Old 08-23-2007, 06:04 AM
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Re: Sharpenign Techniques

Markury:
I, like you, use the High Pass filter a lot. I actually have an action set up for it. I does a very good job most of the time and with the ability to mask the results, it gives a great deal of flexability. I find that almost all images need to be sharpened somwhat.
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Re: Sharpenign Techniques

I strictly use the custom filter with some convolutions that I came up with years ago. I find I have greater control than otherwise. I do also use masks a lot with this filter, but often just the filter.
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Old 08-24-2007, 12:25 AM
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Can somebody explain how Custom Filter works?
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