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Sep 04, 2009 05:39 |  #1

I have created an action in PS that changes the image mode from 16bit to 8 bit and reduces the image size by 50%. I use this at the end of my workflow before I finally save as a jpeg to upload to the web. Should I apply sharpening bofre I resize (which is what I do at the moment) or after I have resized?

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Sep 04, 2009 05:44 |  #2

Hi. I always sharpen as the last step. So I would sharpen after I'd reduced the size. That way you can adjust the sharpening to suit the needs, e.g. for web or print.
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Sep 04, 2009 10:33 |  #3

Sharpen AFTER you downsize. Adobe's downsizing algorithms are not the best. That's why you need to sharpen after downsizing.


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Sep 04, 2009 11:25 |  #4

philmar wrote in post #8583037 (external link)
Sharpen AFTER you downsize. Adobe's downsizing algorithms are not the best. That's why you need to sharpen after downsizing.

Who's downsizing algos ARE the best?


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Sep 05, 2009 08:55 |  #5

philmar wrote in post #8583037 (external link)
Adobe's downsizing algorithms are not the best. That's why you need to sharpen after downsizing.

Regardless of the downsizing method used, you will want to sharpen after downsizing. It doesn't matter which program is used. The last step should always be sharpening for output.

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Who's downsizing algos ARE the best?

For downsizing for web images I would not worry about this at all. Most any program, used correctly, will produce a very fine downsized image.


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Sep 05, 2009 10:37 |  #6

Regardless of the downsizing method used, you will want to sharpen after downsizing. It doesn't matter which program is used. The last step should always be sharpening for output.

For some images where you've screwed up & don't have the sharpness you wanted, you might sharpen a bit before resizing, too.
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Sep 05, 2009 10:42 |  #7

To my mind, the only sharpening that should be applied using an action should be capture sharpening (which will use the same settings for every photo taken with a particular body).

Any creative/output sharpening should really be applied manually. I tend to use output sharpening only if I'm going to be printing.


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