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Photoshop's 'Bicubic Sharper': good for you?

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Old 05-26-2010, 12:04 AM
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Photoshop's 'Bicubic Sharper': good for you?

I've been trained to use Bicubic Sharper when reducing an image in size. What I don't like is that is seems to over-sharpen my images, especially when I am going to a web resolution of around 500x333. I have been sticking with Bicubic (the default setting), and doing the standard, last step sharpening via a filter.

I do a lot of beauty and fashion retouching, and on those images, the last step sharpening that I do on the image is masked only into certain areas; I avoid sharpening skin textures that I worked hard on taming down, and it makes no sense to sharpen out of focus backgrounds. On those images, I would think if I reduced the image size at some point and used Bicubic Sharper, it would bring edge detail into the whole image and into unwanted areas.

Thoughts and experiences?
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Old 05-26-2010, 02:31 AM
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Re: Photoshop's 'Bicubic Sharper': good for you?

"Bicubic Sharper" is just bicubic interpolation with a final sharpening, calculated by Photoshop itself.
So I don't use it, because I like to have control over my images and in most cases, BS does a not so good job for me.
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:40 AM
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Re: Photoshop's 'Bicubic Sharper': good for you?

No, I prefer lanczos, sadly Photoshop is bicubic limited...
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