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AuthorSubject: photokit edge sharpening   [Go to Bottom of Page]
Eric Hiss
Posted on Wed Jul 16, 2003 3:53 PM

Hi Bruce,

I just read the Nik Sharpening post and also look forward to the PhotoKit SHARPENER as I've been using photokit for several months on a almost daily basis.

Until then I have a few questions regarding sharpening with the photokit product. First let me ask about what's the best way to use the photokit sharpening tools. To provide background, the images I work will all originate with a canon 1d camera and after edits are upressed and output on my Epson 7600 ultrachrome. I normally chose between ACR and C1 to convert from the RAW file and apply very minimal sharpening in the conversion (setting around 5-8 in ACR or 5 in C1) So I start my edits with some very low amount of sharpening or no sharpening. Then after editing I typically do a edge sharpen level 2 with photokit, duplicate the layer and set one to lighten blend mode and the other to darken blend mode and make layer masks for each and paint with 20% black brush to take out sharpening where I think it's too much. If I'm lazy then I'll just adjust the opacity of the whole layer until it is where I like it. Then I'll upres with S-Spline. Often I don't see a need to do any more sharpening after S-Spline at all but it seems to depend on the subject and the paper.

Here are my questions:
#1: Is it better to do luminance sharpening before edge sharpening if I do both in an image?

#2: Photokit sharpening layers come up in normal blend mode. Should I switch them to luminance blend mode if I don't split them into separate lighten and darken layers?

#3: I am have heard some people saying that sharpening is best in the midtones of the image and has only detrimental effects in the shadows and highlights. Is this true and if so is there an easy way to use the Blending Options sliders on photokit sharpening layers to take out the undesired parts of the layer?

#4 One of the reasons I find I have to do most of my sharpening before upresing is that photokit sharpening doesn't seem to work as well with a big file but maybe I'm not doing something right. Can you tell me if there was an optimum file size that the sharpening tools were designed for and how I should best use them for my workflow?

Hope this isn't too much to ask in one post and that others may chime in with their wisdom, experience, and questions.

Regards,
Eric Hiss





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