What image sharpening tools do you use?
  • User avatar
    Bob G
    Photojournalist
    Photojournalist
    Posts: 2236
    Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:26 pm
    Location: Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.
    Contact:

    What image sharpening tools do you use?

    by Bob G » Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:15 pm

    Not interested so much in the standard photoshop tools which have become more and more advanced with each version.

    Neither am I interested in web sharpening tools.

    But what you might use or, have used in the past, by way of plug-ins etc. for print preparation.

    Interested in what you think of the outcomes and usability of the various products.
    Bob
    "Wake up and smell the pixels!"
  • Steve Lockyer
    Reporter
    Reporter
    Posts: 1761
    Joined: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:58 pm
    Location: back of burke
    Contact:

    by Steve Lockyer » Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:34 pm

    Bob, I don't use plugin sharpening, but I use a simple action 3 step sharpening. I can email you a 100% size before and after shot I just finished a couple of days ago with details.

    Just pm me your email.......
  • User avatar
    Bob G
    Photojournalist
    Photojournalist
    Posts: 2236
    Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:26 pm
    Location: Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.
    Contact:

    by Bob G » Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:37 pm

    PM sent
    Bob
    "Wake up and smell the pixels!"
  • Guest

    by Guest » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:21 pm

    I use an action from PShizzy

    I think I might have told you fullas about these PS actions before ?

    http://www.pshizzy.com/2008/05/i-hea...tions/#more-11
  • Steve Lockyer
    Reporter
    Reporter
    Posts: 1761
    Joined: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:58 pm
    Location: back of burke
    Contact:

    by Steve Lockyer » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:14 pm

    Hope it is of some help Bob. I know it's not the plugin action, I have not really given them much of a go myself.
  • Steve Lockyer
    Reporter
    Reporter
    Posts: 1761
    Joined: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:58 pm
    Location: back of burke
    Contact:

    by Steve Lockyer » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:24 pm

    This is a smaller version of the image I had sent to Bob............I had been doing this a few days ago for myself to create an action to edit, brighten and sharpen a customers images.

    I found a very soft image of my own to edit (not hard to find) and practice on.



    Image
  • User avatar
    Core Sylph Host
    Member
    Member
    Posts: 105
    Joined: Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:24 pm
    Location: Hobart, Tasmania
    Contact:

    by Core Sylph Host » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:36 pm

    Pretty impressive Steve :D

    Can you specify the 3 steps you use - or is it a trade secret?? :lol:
    Sylph

    The camera never lies .... but Photoshop does!
  • User avatar
    Bob G
    Photojournalist
    Photojournalist
    Posts: 2236
    Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:26 pm
    Location: Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.
    Contact:

    by Bob G » Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:40 am

    Anybody used Photokit Sharpener or Nik Sharpener Plug ins?
    Bob
    "Wake up and smell the pixels!"
  • User avatar
    the_pezman
    Member
    Member
    Posts: 244
    Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:17 pm
    Location: straining my left eye in BNE
    Contact:

    by the_pezman » Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:02 am

    csh - ill take a eyeball stab via possible edits in light room ...

    +5 exposure
    +15 fill
    +5 recovery
    +15 clarity/sharpness

    possibly a schoach of contrast and a dollop of cloning

    then again i could be way off thanks to ellen yakking in my ear ):


    steve - if this is the equivalent to saying oreos are a substiute for Galette des Rois, i apologise :p
    i got pictures to prove it
  • User avatar
    heartyfisher
    Photojournalist
    Photojournalist
    Posts: 3036
    Joined: Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:29 am
    Location: Sydney, NSW
    Contact:

    by heartyfisher » Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:14 am

    like the font .. :D
    Moments of Light : D7K D610 18-200 150 12-24 24-70 70-200 + C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.
  • Steve Lockyer
    Reporter
    Reporter
    Posts: 1761
    Joined: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:58 pm
    Location: back of burke
    Contact:

    by Steve Lockyer » Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:11 am

    Core Sylph Host wrote:Pretty impressive Steve :D

    Can you specify the 3 steps you use - or is it a trade secret?? :lol:


    Done in CS3..>

    No real trade secrets..........my main aim was to get a result, running a sharpening (brightening and skin edit but we are only interested in sharpening here) also an action that did not take the computer too much work. If your running this on 800 images it's much quicker than using curves, levels, smart sharpen etc.

    1 create new layer
    2 high pass filter
    3 unsharp mask (which lots of people use)

    The high pass filter really makes a difference to the areas you want to sharpen.
  • User avatar
    Dalzine
    Site Admin
    Site Admin
    Posts: 2527
    Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:28 pm
    Location: Sunshine Coast
    Contact:

    by Dalzine » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:18 am

    I'll agree with the High Pass filter, it's usually my first step when sharpening. I also try duplicating the layer and applying soft light to the duplicate, though you will have to brighten it a bit afterwards.

    Dale.
    Will build websites for 'L' glass.
  • User avatar
    Core Sylph Host
    Member
    Member
    Posts: 105
    Joined: Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:24 pm
    Location: Hobart, Tasmania
    Contact:

    by Core Sylph Host » Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:41 pm

    Steve Lockyer wrote:Done in CS3..>

    No real trade secrets..........

    1 create new layer
    2 high pass filter
    3 unsharp mask (which lots of people use)

    The high pass filter really makes a difference to the areas you want to sharpen.


    Thanks Steve.

    I have CS3 but still learning all the tools! I know unsharp mask of course, but I hadn't used the high pass filter before.
    Sylph

    The camera never lies .... but Photoshop does!
  • MatthewRoberts
    Member
    Member
    Posts: 3
    Joined: Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:12 pm
    Location: Rosehill, NSW
    Contact:

    by MatthewRoberts » Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:54 pm

    PSE does an exceptional job for me. Best value I say!
  • User avatar
    heartyfisher
    Photojournalist
    Photojournalist
    Posts: 3036
    Joined: Sun Mar 18, 2007 12:29 am
    Location: Sydney, NSW
    Contact:

    by heartyfisher » Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:50 pm

    Core Sylph Host wrote:
    Steve Lockyer wrote:Done in CS3..>

    No real trade secrets..........

    1 create new layer
    2 high pass filter
    3 unsharp mask (which lots of people use)

    The high pass filter really makes a difference to the areas you want to sharpen.


    Thanks Steve.

    I have CS3 but still learning all the tools! I know unsharp mask of course, but I hadn't used the high pass filter before.


    I just discovered layers.. what the heck is a high pass filter { runs off googling ... }
    Moments of Light : D7K D610 18-200 150 12-24 24-70 70-200 + C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest