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Mar 20, 2008 21:26 |  #1

When I started processing files from my first dSLR just two years ago, I was baffled by the concept of sharpening.

Why was it necessary? What was wrong with my lenses that they didn't produce sharp pictures? I never had this problem with film, so what settings do I need to use now? My 5D produces terrific pictures with it's "L" lens right out of the card so why do I even need to do this?

With the help of Amazon.com, by credit card and Scott Kelby's very helpful book "The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers" I started gaining a better understanding of this concept. To speed up my workflow, I used Kelby's suggested settings in a job aid that I put together for myself, summarizing the main points in the chart below.

As Kelby points out, these are his suggested settings and you may want to experiment to suit your tastes. I hope you find this chart useful. - Stu

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Mar 20, 2008 21:46 |  #2

this could be a little card we all pring out and keep with us..

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Mar 20, 2008 23:23 |  #3

That's a great starting point!

As Kelby points out, these are his suggested settings and you may want to experiment to suit your tastes.

As you point out, experimenting is a good thing for everyone to do. For instance, for a typical web image, I start with 100 0.7 1. For a print, I might start with 100 1.1 1.

Sometimes I'll select an area & just sharpen that.
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For anyone who wants to read more about other settings/methods, look at the "Sticky"s for FAQs & sharpening threads.


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Mar 20, 2008 23:28 |  #4

Fantastic starting points. No hundred images are alike.. but 2 may be really similar :)

I find that I use my *standard* setting 80% of the time, but boy the ones that do not fit the standard are really interesting.. and different :)


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Mar 21, 2008 02:24 |  #5

This is awesome, thanks for posting the link in the sharpening thread! The more we get up there, the more useful it is as a sticky.


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Mar 21, 2008 06:16 |  #6

How nice! :)

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Mar 21, 2008 07:28 |  #7

Nice post Stu! I have that same book from Kelby... love it!


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Mar 21, 2008 08:15 as a reply to  @ Tommy's post |  #8

This is for Unsharp Mask? (what a paradoxical name)

Anyone use Smart Sharpen? I just started using that, and I like it.


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Mar 21, 2008 08:19 |  #9

Great post and thanks for sharing!!



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Mar 21, 2008 09:45 |  #10

this is definately some usefull information that we can all apply! thanks :)


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Mar 21, 2008 12:32 |  #11

sweet. looks like a handy little chart.


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Mar 21, 2008 15:28 |  #12

I kept on referencing Kelby's handy book so much the pages were getting dog-eared. Plus it was taking up too much space with all the post it notes. My laminated card will be a lot handier :D.

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Mar 21, 2008 16:00 |  #13

Hey Stu
Thanks so much for putting this together. I've printed it off and will save it in for frequent reference. I tend to undersharpen all the time--this may help me risk more!
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Mar 21, 2008 16:17 |  #14

Thanks for this chart, which I will also laminate and keep nearby. I would also suggest creating actions for each of the outputs, which will simplify matters even more.

There is another aspect to sharpening that I haven't seen mentioned in this book (although I haven't gotten very far into it), but is used in Kelby's "7 Point System Book," and that is the additional step of "Fade Unsharp Mask," or Smart Sharpen, or whichever you use. According to Kelby, this step will reduce or eliminate the color halos that sharpening sometimes causes. It is done by, immediately after the sharpening, go to the Edit menu, choose Fade Unsharp Mask, choose Luminosity from the Mode popup menu and click OK. If you do anything else after the sharpening step the choice will disappear from the Edit menu. It's several extra steps, and all the more reason to incorporate it in an action rather than doing it yourself every time.


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Mar 21, 2008 17:15 |  #15

In one of my previous lives I was a forms designer in our corporation. People were always coming to my group with the craziest requests for the most complicated forms.

Well, I subscribe to the school of less is more. On the subject of reference forms and charts, my feeling is that it's a lousy form if you can't glance at it and get the information you need pretty quickly. I tried to use that philosophy on this little job aid.;)

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That's a great starting point! As you point out, experimenting is a good thing for everyone to do. For instance, for a typical web image, I start with 100 0.7 1. For a print, I might start with 100 1.1 1.

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