Intellisharpen v2.5 Plugin is a new sharpening
technology specific designed to accommodate
all digital files including scanned film.
This plugin is compatible with JPEG files
straight from the camera or TIFF/JPEG
files converted from RAW files. (Compatible
with all digital camera files.)
Although Intellisharpen'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
button. With this plugin you
can choose from low or high ISO settings.
allow you to sharpen fine detail. Photographers can choose from 100 Intellisharpen
intensity levels and 100 sharpen fine detail levels. You can even reduce
color noise from high ISO files.
Another feature unique to Intellisharpen
that you can save and load your own Intellisharpen settings.
addition you have
the ability to preview settings and tweak intensity results for maximum control
over your work.
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one for your operating system.
Intellisharpen v2.5 Plugin interface
Settings: Intellisharpen v2.5 allows photographers to save and load their
own custom settings. You will be able to create
as many Intellisharpen settings as desired
to ease your workflow.
the example above, you can see that I
have saved settings for
landscape, portrait, Epson 2200 printing,
Lab printing, etc...
to save these settings for future use, I then
clicked on the "Save" button and
created a custom setting called: "My landscape
Type options: The
Intellisharpen v2.5 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".
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).
level: Intellisharpen v2.5
offers 100 intensity levels. (0-100)
= No Intellisharpen effect
100 = Maximum Intellisharpen effect
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
The default setting is 50, but you can move the Sharpen fine detail level
slider from 0-100.
= No Shapen Fine detail effect
100 = Maximum Shapen Fine detail effect
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.
Intensity tweak slider is a powerful and
flexible option included with this plugin.
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 Intellisharpen
level 40, 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.
list of features and step-by-step instructions
on how to use and take full advantage of the
Intellisharpen v2.5 features are presented in
the User Manual bundled with this plugin.
(Original High ISO file)
image unsharpened (cropped 100%)
From this sample crop you can see
that Photoshop's own USM did sharpen
the file but also introduced noise,
artifacts and thick halo lines around
high contrast areas.
From this sample crop you can see the
level of sharpening achieved by Intellisharpen v2.5 while leaving noise levels intact
In contrary to other sharpening techniques,
Intellisharpen produces 0% halo around
Settings used: Intellisharpen Intensity:
84, Sharpen fine detail intensity: 36
demonstrated on this page are 100% crops from
original full size JPEG files
the web. In the above example, Intellisharpen v2.5 was run in TIFF files and then saved as
If TIFF output is supported by your digital
or scanner, expect even superior