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I still use LAB sharpening in my script. Since it's a script I don't have to do anything so it's not any more or less work. The script changes the Mode to Lab, selects the Lightness channel for editing and turns on all channels for viewing. So I see a color image in the PS image window and a monochrome image in the Smart Sharpening tool window. And of course as with all my scripted steps the Fade tool comes up right after.
The "Fade Sharpen > Mode - Luminosity" method will NOT produce the same results - obviously! It will...Show more →
I do, but before looking for it, I wrote my own action only using my sharpening steps which I was already using in RGB.
I find that sharpening a well focused full size ISO100 landscape to be something that I can do globally and the same every time. So I don't need to fade selectively, I just go to lab, luminosity and run the sharpening steps fade 70% which I find ideal and go back to RGB. All in one action.I could leave the action in LAB for fading and may do that in future, but see no need at this time.
If I have a problem image, (high iso) I will do the sharpening steps manually. If I have a blended image with difficult DR, I usually run a fairly aggressive NR on the dark areas and sky's before proceeding, and can then do my normal sharpening later.
I take great care on focus, use Canons best lenses and discard those with focus issues. I also have a pretty narrow range of style.