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Rob Chisholm
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Need unsharp mask advice - D800 users!


Hello! While I am proficient at many things photoshop, I must admit to being least comfortable/adept at sharpening. I recently traded in my Leica M9 gear for the new D800 and would love some advice on sharpening settings in photoshop. All advice is greatly appreciated! Many thanks! --rob


May 10, 2012 at 09:33 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Need unsharp mask advice - D800 users!


USM is so pre-historical by now. Try to use Smart Sharpen tool instead.


May 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Need unsharp mask advice - D800 users!


http://www.pixelgenius.com/sharpener/ is the best solution I have used. Photoshop's sharpening tools are too simplistic to get the most out of images, a multistep approach is needed.


May 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Need unsharp mask advice - D800 users!


Have a look at the Topaz Detail plug-in for PS - it's much more controllable for sharpening than USM. I find sharpening in LR and PS to be a bit heavy-handed and prone to creating unwanted halos. Topaz Detail lets you control the sharpening much more precisely.

They offer unlimited 30 day trials, so you can properly try before you buy....

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May 10, 2012 at 09:47 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Need unsharp mask advice - D800 users!


Mark_L wrote:
http://www.pixelgenius.com/sharpener/ is the best solution I have used. Photoshop's sharpening tools are too simplistic to get the most out of images, a multistep approach is needed.


Not entirely true. Shooter Dave Hill only uses Ps native tools, and here's what he can achieve in Ps without using any third-party plug-ins or filters . Please note he doesn't do HDR.

http://www.davehillphoto.com/music/



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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Need unsharp mask advice - D800 users!


That's great if you like photo-illustration stuff, but it's not really relevant if what you're evaluating is LR's ability to manage typical sharpening tasks.

FWIW, I find LR4 to be just fine, but I'm a plebe.



May 10, 2012 at 09:57 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Need unsharp mask advice - D800 users!


mshi wrote:
Not entirely true. Shooter Dave Hill only uses Ps native tools, and here's what he can achieve in Ps without using any third-party plug-ins or filters . Please note he doesn't do HDR.

http://www.davehillphoto.com/music/


All photokit does is use PS's native functionality but it has been complied by some very knowledgeable people amongst those the guys that write the sharpening algorithms for LR. They are actions not plugins. Photoshop's actual sharpening tools in isolation are very simplistic.

Whether third part plugin or not all I care about is the best result. I can't judge good sharpening workflow from web jpgs on someone's site.



May 10, 2012 at 09:59 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Need unsharp mask advice - D800 users!


Mark_L wrote:
I can't judge good sharpening workflow from web jpgs on someone's site.


Thanks for the update. For viewing web images, any sharpening tool is good enough. Then, how about the sharpness of Untitled 2004 from Gregory Crewdon's Beneath the Roses Series?








May 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Need unsharp mask advice - D800 users!


http://www.digitalphotopro.com/technique/revolution/high-pass-sharpening.html


May 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Need unsharp mask advice - D800 users!


try 20, 60, 0, for fun, I saw someone call it "unhaze" and like to use it. Adds some snap. Otherwise search Scott Kelby and Photoshop User for their methods. It really depends on what you are trying to sharpen. Good Luck to you and congrats on the new camera.


May 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM





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