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HIgh Pass Filter vs Smart Sharpening for Landscapes?

 
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Aug 20, 2013 13:13 |  #1

I've been used to using the high pass filter for all of my landscape stuff, but recently I"ve discovered the smart sharpen tool in CS6. When zoomed out, the high pass filter is definitely more dramatic, but when you zoom in at 100%, the smart sharpen tool seems to do a better job. I've been using the setting of 150% Radius 2 for this filter. Does anyone else use this for landscapes or what settings do you normally use? Is high pass a better option?

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Aug 21, 2013 18:13 |  #2

I use frequency separation sharpening. Similar results to high pass, with less artifacts. Tutorials are easily found with a Google search.



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Aug 21, 2013 22:07 |  #3

CDS has a post from way back with various types of sharpening, and the below link can be found on that page. Even though it is from 2004, the steps still work today. I use this version of sharpening to keep noise down, but detail high. I also add a smidge of surface blur at the very end.

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Aug 21, 2013 22:24 |  #4

Wow, that's quite the tutorial on sharpening! Thanks, I'll check it out.....


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Aug 22, 2013 11:07 |  #5

It's a great tool I can't take credit for, except that I still use it to this day. Member and former Moderator "Scottes" posted that tutorial for us all. I think you can still DL the action too :)

It's a fantastic double duty trick as it gives you noise reduction only where you need it, without damaging details you want to keep, then reversed, it sharpens on the details and ignores the areas where noise woudl be a concern.


It worked with the more clunky old all or nothing NR and Sharpening tools we were stuck with back then, but still offers more precision with the more sophisticated tools of today.

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Aug 22, 2013 13:11 |  #6

chris_holtmeier wrote in post #16228591 (external link)
I use frequency separation sharpening. Similar results to high pass, with less artifacts. Tutorials are easily found with a Google search.

So I just figured this one out.......very clean! What setting do you normally use for pixels in the gaussian blur? I made an action with 2.0 pixels and it's very snappy :)


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Aug 22, 2013 14:04 |  #7

I use between 1.5 and 2.5 depending on the resolution of the file. For 5DmkII/III, I use 2.0.



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chris_holtmeier wrote in post #16230985 (external link)
I use between 1.5 and 2.5 depending on the resolution of the file. For 5DmkII/III, I use 2.0.

Nice, I just made an action and 2.0 seemed to work the best......you're right, it is very clean sharpening compared to USM and even smart sharpening. Looks quite a bit cleaner than high pass too in my opinion


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Aug 25, 2013 07:57 as a reply to  @ Canon_Shoe's post |  #9

I'm kind of a detail, anal retentive PP processor that uses Smart Sharpen zoomed into 300-500% to see the results of my efforts. Works for me... :lol:


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Aug 25, 2013 10:58 |  #10

Ever try lab color sharpening? It doesn't sharpen color only highlights avoiding a lot of color noise

mode>lab color
channels tab select lightness layer
Filter>sharpen>unsharp mask

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amount 81
radius 1
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