Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by m_., Jul 7, 2006.
is there any such thing? if so, how exactly one should do?
This MIGHT work:
Sharpen a layer to the degree you want for you highlights.
Sharpen a layer to the degree you want for you mids.
Sharpen a layer to the degree you want for you shadows.
Use the 'blending' in each layer to properly/decently combine the 3 layers.
Definitely not as good, but it was sort of how I did it before CS2.
Try 'Resize magic' http://www.fsoft.it/imaging/en/default.htm
Also, Detail Enhancer in Optipix. Free trial version downloadable from www.reindeergraphics.com.
But, if you already have CS, why not upgrade to CS2- it's worth it...
Before CS2 I used the following sharpening proceedure:
1. Convert the image type to 'Lab Color' in Image/Mode/Lab Color
2. In Channels select 'Lightness', i.e. the b/w part of the image.
3. In Filters/Sharpen/Unsharp select the amount of sharpening you think is OK (not too much).
4. Reselect the image mode you had been using (Note the colour will be reinstated).
I don't know if this is how 'Smart Sharpen' works but this method certainly did a good job for me.
Smart sharpen is a deconvolver, and there's really no way to imitate it by merely adjusting local contrast.
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