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Old Mar 26, 2005, 5:24 PM   #1
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Sorry if this has been covered, just point me in the right direction if it has.

Looking for some help....

Currently I shoot RAW (CR2) only then dump them onto the harddrive then save a copy of the raw to DVD. After I go through and cull the bad ones I often need to publish them on the web for others to see and or d/l and print.
What I am finding is that if I just extract or save the RAW as a JPG it is "soft" like the original. Is there a good way to batch sharpen a lot of RAW files just enough to remove the softness, then I could batch convert and pubish them on the web. Going through each one individually would be time consuming.

I do give individual attention to the ones I want to make prints or "keepers".
One of the reasons I publish them is for others to select which ones they want. I then process those for printing.

I realize that a "blanket" sharpening technique would not be the ideal but hopefully would allow for quick viewing.

Any ideas?

On a side note I can no longer use PScs since I upgraded to the 350D as Adobe's RAW converter doesn't suppor it, yet.
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Old Mar 27, 2005, 1:36 PM   #2
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Using any of several 3rd party RAW converters will do this easily, but will cost $$$. Since I haven't used the latest version (1.5 I think) of Canon's own DPP Raw converter, I don't know if it's an option there. Bibble Pro and Phase One's Capture One both do this and can easily batch convert all or just selected images as you wish.

Check out Bibble here: http://bibblelabs.com/ They have a Pro and Lite version.

Capture One: http://www.phaseone.com/

The cheapest of the programs may be BreezeBrowserPro at about $60 I think.


Hope this helps.
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Old Apr 30, 2005, 9:48 AM   #3
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I'm having the same problem. I need to "batch" process in both RAW and JPEG. I am shooting with a EOS 20D and they are ALL slightly fuzzy. Can I do this in Photoshop CS? I take pictures for the school and I am going nuts trying to sharpen one at a time!!!
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Old Apr 30, 2005, 8:30 PM   #4
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Take a look at QImage - it will read several RAW formats and has a batch option. QImage is primarily a print program, but also has a good set of batch utilities. Might work for you.
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Old May 2, 2005, 7:10 AM   #5
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I find that the best sharpening is using USM in PSCS. You could process your raws to TIFF inyour RAW workflow and then run a batch action in PS to shapen all your photos.

BTW, have you looked at RawShooter essentials? It is free and does a very GOOD job at RAW conversion. Here's there link: http://www.pixmantec.com/index2.html

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Old May 2, 2005, 9:01 PM   #6
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what is usm. i have pscs. but haven't used it much. way over my head.
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Old May 11, 2005, 9:50 AM   #7
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USM = Unsharp Mask. Can be found in "filters" "Sharpen"
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Old May 12, 2005, 8:13 PM   #8
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i agree with sdg_radar.. conver them all to jpg and then run a batch sharpen automation..

i find that ultrasharpen pro from www.ultrasharpen.com does a great job of sharpening.. as it uses a 2 phase sharpening sequence that eliminates much of the haloing that could occur.. it also sharpens on a two tier system.. so sharpens the main elements first and then the details.. overall i find it does a better job than just applying a standard usm.. its fairly cheap too, its 15.00 for the cd or you can have it emailed to you for 10.00..

hope this helps.. dustin
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Old May 12, 2005, 9:25 PM   #9
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Not sure if this helps you out but I found this document. It takes some playing around as when I followed the directions exactly I had problems.

I use the Adobe Bridge that comes with CS and then select Tools and Photoshop then batch.


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Old May 13, 2005, 9:46 AM   #10
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I have been using irfanview. http://www.irfanview.com
I use it for quick browsing of photos and batch conversion. I have been trying quit a few programs so I don't use one of them all the time. I do use infranview to slideshow view photos to decide what pictures I like and have batch converted. The price is great.
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