image sharpening to the next level.
CSpro Plugin is a custom sharpening technology specifically
designed to work with certain digital SLRs (List of
supported cameras can be found on the main Software
This plugin is compatible with JPEG files straight from the camera or TIFF/JPEG
files converted from RAW files.
Although the CSpro's interface appears simple and intuitive, complexity makes
this plugin very smart. It provides haloless sharpening, edgesharpening, luminance
sharpening, mode sharpening, and more with just the press of a button. With this
plugin you can choose from low or high ISO settings. Other options allow you
to sharpen fine detail. There are pre-designed intensity levels and options to
reduce color noise from high ISO files. Another feature unique to CSpro, is that
you can save and load your own sharpening profiles. In addition you have the
ability to preview settings and tweak intensity results for maximum control over
to CSpro is the ability to obtain 2 custom sharpened
files. One for your printing work and another for web
works with 8-bit and 16-bit files when using
Photoshop CS or above. When using
Photoshop Elements 1, 2 and 3, Photoshop 6.0 or 7.0,
it will only work with 8-bit files.
interface will be used as example. Similar options
are available with the CSpro plugin
your camera files.
the CSpro plugin interface:
Full instructions included in the CSpro
User Manual PDF file
allows photographers to save and load their own custom
settings. You will be able to create as many profiles
as desired to ease your workflow. In the example below,
you can see that I have saved settings for landscape,
portrait, Epson 2200 printing, Lab printing, etc...
to save custom settings (profiles):
For example, I set CSpro with the following:
level = Level 4
fine detail level (checked)
Color noise (checked)
order to save these settings for future use, I then
clicked on the "Save" button and created
a custom setting called: "My landscape settings".
you would like to back-up your custom settings, you
can find them using the following path. Every setting
you create will be added to this path automatically.
Photoshop 6.0, 7.0 or CS:
X.X > Plug-Ins > Adobe Photoshop Only > Automate > FM
Settings > CSpro setting
Elements X.X > Plug-Ins > Automate > FM
Settings > CSpro setting
Type options: The CSpro plugin
works with most common file extensions including
8-bit TIFF and JPEG files. Under Photoshop CS,
it will work with both 8-bit and 16-bit files.
Under "Image Type", you will be able
to select from "Low ISO File" or "High
ISO File: This option should be
used with low noise files.
ISO File: This option should be
used with "grainy" files. It also works
best with portrait work. ("Sharpen fine
detail" is not available with this option).
have the option of choosing the sharpening intensity
(Default shown below)
on your camera model, Level 1 provides the lightest
custom sharpening effect and Level 5 the highest. If
more strengh is required, you could always run the
plugin again. For example: Run Level 5 followed by
another run using Level 1. (However, this is not recommended
for optimal results as the pre-selected intensities
were carefully designed for your camera model)
fine detail level: This setting
can be used with any Intensity level and will
sharpen very fine detail in your images. However,
it will make the plugin run slower (especially
with 16-bit files), but is recommended when maximum
sharpening is desired. It works great with landscape
images but it's disabled when using "High
ISO" under "Image type".
choosing your desired sharpening intensity, you will
be able to "preview" the results on your
original file by clicking on the Apply button.
When you finish running the plugin you will see the
results of the selected intensity. At that point you
also have an option to tweak the intensity of the sharpening
effect by decreasing from 100 to 0. (Zero will be the
original state of the image before applying the plugin
and 100 is the result after applying the plugin --
so you have all of the options in between to work with).
For example, if you would like to see half of the sharpening
effect, move the "Intensity Tweak" slider
from 100 to 50 and you will be able to preview the
tweaked results on your file.
you desire to experiment with different intensities,
click on Undo and your file will be
brought back to its original state. Otherwise, click
on the OK button if you are happy
with the results.
Settings: The default halo setting
is "Normal Halo" and it's the best compromise
between detail sharpening and halo size. Under "Normal
Halo", the plugin will already provide minimal
halo around high contrast areas and therefore it's
my recommended setting. However, if you would like
to tweak this setting and sacrifice some sharpening
for an even smaller or non-existent halo, select "Low
Halo" or even the 0% halo option.
color noise: Check this setting if you desire
to reduce color noise from your files during sharpening.
This setting is recommended when editing High ISO
files but can be used with Low ISO files as well.
"Reduce color noise" is included with this custom sharpening plugin
because in some cases it will improve the sharpening results.
Levels and sharpening
Tweak option: The
Levels and sharpening Tweak option is for advanced
users only. It provides photographers with the flexibility
to fine tune a pre-selected CSpro intensity.
selecting an intensity level and checking the Levels
and Sharpening Tweak option, the CSpro plugin will
stop twice. The first stop will be a "Levels" window.
controls are very powerful and geared for the advanced
user. With this feature you can fine tune what gets
sharpened on your photograph. Here's how: you will
have 3 Input Levels sliders, 2 Output Levels sliders
and the eyedropper tools to work with. Use the sliders/eyedroppers
to select the areas you want sharpened. The black areas
will receive the most sharpening effect. The gray areas
will receive moderate sharpening and the white areas
will receive only a light global luminance sharpening
second stop will be a "USM" window.
recommended to leave the Amount, Radius and Threshold
with the default settings. But as an advanced user,
you have the option to fine tune the values and input
your own settings. However, noise, artifact or extreme
halos may appear on your images when entering your
for the Web: The CSpro plugin
was designed to run on your camera's original file
size. The ultimate goal is to provide the best
sharpening results for "Printing". However,
by checking on the "Resize a copy for the
web" option, you will be able to downsize
your original file and custom sharpen it for the
web as well. As a result you will have 2 custom
sharpened files: One for Printing and the other
for the "Web".
Intensity Tweak slider: The
Intensity tweak slider is a powerful and flexible
option included with this plugin.
mentioned earlier, after selecting any intensity level
and clicking on the Apply button,
the Intensity Tweak slider will be available to tweak
the results you see on screen. As you move the slider
from 100 (default) to your desired level, you will
see the results changing on your image.
may choose from 100 to 0 within the selected intensity
level. The intensity you choose will bring you closer
to the desired effect that works best with your files.
For example, when clicking on the Apply button to preview level
4, you will be able to move the Intensity Tweak slider from 100 down
to 50 ---by doing that, half of the level fourty sharpening effect will be
applied and shown on your image.
IMPORTANT: When moving the Intensity Tweak
slider to choose the perfect sharpening strength,
make sure to view your photograph at 100% magnification.
Inspecting your images at the actual pixel magnification
is always the best way to edit your files.
can be accomplished by either using the Control+Alt+0
shortcut or by using the plugin's Image Zoom.
Below is an
example comparing a RAW file
with no sharpening as camera parameter against a basic
USM setting and the CSpro plugin.
file (no sharpening parameter)
USM (Unsharp mask)
accentuated halo effect from the Photoshop's USM
setting compared to the CSpro result. Also
pay attention to
the amount of noise created by USM. CSpro does not
increase noise or artifact and sharpens only what needs
to be sharpened.
worth noting that CSpro can be used with any
type of images, from portraits, landscape, still-life
especially with HIGH ISO files. It sharpens your
files without adding noise or artifacts.
to order CSpro for my SLR camera?
CSpro for your camera, go to the
software page, then find the CSpro
designed specifically for your SLR camera and click
on either the PC or Mac link.