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Old May 4, 2005, 10:58 AM   #11
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One thing I've learned; there isn't a magic USM setting or sharpening technique that works great for all images. There's probably 101 ways or more to sharpen an image.

One factor, and the point of my post, I'm sure people don't think of when it comes to sharpening: the monitor, their's and other's. I have almost an unlimited number of different types of monitors that I can look at images on.

For example; if I set the sharpnes to what I like on my main CRT then look at it on my main LCD it looks over sharpened on the CRT because CRTs by nature show a soft image. Unless you're using your CRT at 800x600 and 60 hz it'll never be as sharp as an LCD using a DVI connection, even then it's still not close.

I've very conservative when it comes to sharpening my images because of this.
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One thing I've learned; there isn't a magic USM setting or sharpening technique that works great for all images. There's probably 101 ways or more to sharpen an image.

One factor, and the point of my post, I'm sure people don't think of when it comes to sharpening: the monitor, their's and other's. I have almost an unlimited number of different types of monitors that I can look at images on.

For example; if I set the sharpnes to what I like on my main CRT then look at it on my main LCD it looks over sharpened on the CRT because CRTs by nature show a soft image. Unless you're using your CRT at 800x600 and 60 hz it'll never be as sharp as an LCD using a DVI connection, even then it's still not close.

I've very conservative when it comes to sharpening my images because of this.
Though all monitors have their own characteristics we should see very similar results on correctly calibrated monitors set at their maximum resolution. Of course, I'm not speaking of monitors that are 10 years old. If you are editing on an uncalibrated monitor, I'd suggest moderate sharpening as well. USM may not be the best method to sharpen images on uncalibrated monitors...Anyone know the answer?

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One thing I've learned; there isn't a magic USM setting or sharpening technique that works great for all images. There's probably 101 ways or more to sharpen an image.

One factor, and the point of my post, I'm sure people don't think of when it comes to sharpening: the monitor, their's and other's. I have almost an unlimited number of different types of monitors that I can look at images on.

For example; if I set the sharpnes to what I like on my main CRT then look at it on my main LCD it looks over sharpened on the CRT because CRTs by nature show a soft image. Unless you're using your CRT at 800x600 and 60 hz it'll never be as sharp as an LCD using a DVI connection, even then it's still not close.

I've very conservative when it comes to sharpening my images because of this.
Though all monitors have their own characteristics we should see very similar results on correctly calibrated monitors set at their maximum resolution. Of course, I'm not speaking of monitors that are 10 years old. If you are editing on an uncalibrated monitor, I'd suggest moderate sharpening as well. USM may not be the best method to sharpen images on uncalibrated monitors...Anyone know the answer?

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I calibrate all my monitors; that'll only help with gama, color and color temp. The video signal is what I'm talking about.

If you run at your monitor's highest resolution then you're definately looking at a soft blurry image. My CRT can run in 1600x1200 but I only use 1280x960 because of the soft and blurry text. Believe me, I've played with every beem convergence setting that monitor has to make it as sharp as possible.

It all has to do with the quality of the monitor and the RAMDAC on the video card that you're using, nothing to do with the calibration of it.

My Sony 200PS was beautiful until it started showing its age. It's near impossible to buy a good CRT now, so I had to down grade to a Mitsubishi 930SB. Now I'm back to a Sony xbrite 19 inch LCD - worth every penny.

I got my CRT last year and my LCD two weeks ago.
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