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Old Jun 10, 2005, 6:19 AM   #1
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Does anyoneuse any sharpening programmes/plugins that they could personally recommend? I have PSE2....

Someone has kindly suggested I look at

Intellisharpen II

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http://www.ultrasharpen.com/about_us_lite.html

I have no idea which one might be better, and there may be other around too.

I have real problems with fuzzy pix :sad:, and, whilst miracles are unlikely to happen, there may be something that could give me a much needed boost.

Suggestions would be greatly welcomed.

Best wishes,

Caroline.
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Old Jun 11, 2005, 1:24 PM   #2
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Hi Caroline;

I haven't tried these, but have tried out Picture Cooler http://denoiser.shorturl.com and found that it works pretty well as a standalone, and is free. ( I really like free) The developer is working on a plugin, which he will probably charge for, but still seems to be developing the product. The deconvolution is a bit slow, but seems to work about as well as Focus Magic, which is pretty nearly the standard for this type of software. I think the NIK sharpener is also well regarded.

Focus magic includes a test image with ther program, which I have tried our with it and others' programs. My best results to date have been with a combination of Neat Image and Picture Cooler.

There are several posts in the Extreme Makover forum re: blurred pictures, which may help you make a decision.

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Brian,

Thank you so much!

That is incredibly helpful.

I like free too, but in this instance the problem is such an issue I may save up for a sharpening prog if one of them really helps. I will certainly experiment with Picture Cooler, & I will check out the others too.

Thanks again for the suggestions - much appreciated.

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I like a free program called SharpControl. It was part of a medical program that the author extracted and gave away. All of his links are dead, but it is small and I will e-mail it to you if you want it – send me a PM. The only downside is that it isn't a plug-in.

http://www.digitalworkflows.com/shar...l/workflow.php You can compare it to other sharpening programs by clicking the links at the bottom. He just uses the default settings and it is more versatile than that.

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~binar...rpcontrol.html Not much of a tutorial but it explains the settings.

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I can't believe how much valuable info I have picked up re this problem, from you and other people....

THANK YOU!

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Hi Canna:

If you use Photoshop CS or CS2, I have a free set of sharpening scripts.

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...ingToolkit.htm

Enjoy!

Cheers,

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Hi Glenn,

Regrettably it's PSE2 for now - but it looks as though I've got a lot to be getting on with in spite of that.

Anyway, many thanks for the suggestion.

Best wishes,

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gmitchel Thanks! I've seen expensive programs that could take some lessons from the PDF user manual. Is all that your work? I'm impressed.

I have only been able to play with it a little. It is obvious I am going to have to increase my history if I am going to follow everything.


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Slipe:

I don't have IM. Is there a way to get the Sharp Control program from you otherwise?

Many thanks!!
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gmitchel Thanks! I've seen expensive programs that could take some lessons from the PDF user manual. Is all that your work? I'm impressed.

I have only been able to play with it a little. It is obvious I am going to have to increase my history if I am going to follow everything.


The manual is 100% my effort. The coding of the scripts is my effort, too. I got lots of feedback from alpha and beta testers for features that have been added/enhanced. I also received sample images to use for determining the defaults for the presets.

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