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Old 09-15-2006   #1
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Does anyone use this with any degree of success? There are those who swear that it is better than Photoshop's USM control, but I haven't seen a difference in the little experimentation I've done.

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Theres so many ways of sharpening in ps , I really have my doubts if paying extra for something like this is really worth the trouble.
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I have yet to see anything that works significantly better than applying USM to the Lightness Channel in Photoshop in LAB Color Mode.
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Try these scripts: http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...ingToolkit.htm.
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I have found PixelGenius' Photokit Sharpener to be a superb tool. Yes, I can do sharpening with a variety of methods with PS, but I've found this tool to do a consistently better job with less effort over a variety of different conditions.
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I have used Nik Sharpener in the past and it works well, but as I have used USM more I have gotten more comfortable with it and use it most of the time now. I have heard many rave reviews for PKSharpener. The mutliple step sharpening intellectually sounds good to me. I will likely purchase it when I get set back up from my move and set up the digital darkroom once again.

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The Pixel Genius product is a very good product, and in fact the inspiration for the TLR scripts.
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I have now had the chance to play with Nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 and have to say I'm impressed. It's easy to use and bases sharpening on output device, paper, viewing distance, dpi, and other easy-to-understand parameters. The results on paper have been stunning, better than I ever achieved with USM alone.
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The big benefit to most of these tools, is as you said, sharpening based on output devise. Also, many use USM, but they control where the sharpening gets applied instead of sharpening everything.


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