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Old Sep 10, 2010, 8:01 PM   #1
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Default A New Sharpen Action

I have always had a problem with sharpening and tended to always over-sharpen everything. While reading through a sharpen thread on the Adobe forum I discovered a sharpen action that I'd not heard of before and decided to give it a try. It works in conjunction with the Genuine Fractals plugin which I already had installed. So far I really like the results I am seeing. The informal portrait of Chad was sharpened after resize with the "Low ISO, Low Sharpen" setting.
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Old Sep 10, 2010, 8:30 PM   #2
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Nice, but what was it like before sharpening? Always nice to see the comparison, I have the same problems with sharpening. Too little/too much..!
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Old Sep 10, 2010, 8:35 PM   #3
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Hi Paul,

This image looks exceptionally sharp, yet very natural - to my eyes.
It is not smeared, overcooked or otherwise tarnished. Which is what happens so often using various PP plug-ins

On another note, I have found the luminance and color sliders in the noise reduction/sharpening section of Adobe's Camera Raw 6.2 to be significantly more powerful with added sliders for bringing back detail, if through the noise reduction process some of it gets lost.

Nikkor 105mm 2.5 lens eh? nice............
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Old Sep 10, 2010, 10:23 PM   #4
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Thanks Zig. ACR 6.2 seems to be quite a bit different than previous versions.

The default ACR 6.2 capture settings recommended by the software author for use with his action set are: Amount:15, Radius:0.5, Detail:100, Luminance:40, Luminance Detail:100, Luminance Contrast:0, Color:4, Color Detail:100. I've tried this with several images including this one and it seems to work well.

Yes the Nikkor 105 is a bit long for portraits but it's sharp and renders nice bokeh
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The images actually look pretty good right out of ACR 6.2 using the modified default settings and without without any further sharpening. The actions sharpens it up a tad more but not excessively. I like this workflow.
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