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Castle Arches


I have downloaded a trial of Nik Software's latest version of Pro Sharpener 3 to give it.. well a trial !

I guess that the bottom line is that Sharpening is subjective and everyone has different views.

However, I would appreciate any observations, in particular

1) The texture of the stonework, is there too much much detail. ( Structure Slider)

2) The edges ( Local Contrast Slider)

3) Overall effect ( Adaptive Slider ... I think ! )

I still have 10 days left of the trail and have, therefore, a few days left to try out any suggestions you may have.


Just for the record this was taken at March's epz Bodiam meet and it was the series of arches that caught my eye.

Tags: General Architecture Digitally manipulated

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11 May 2009 8:37PM
looks ok

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BlueRoom Plus
12 73 20 United Kingdom
11 May 2009 11:35PM
It looks to me as if you have applied too much of everything here. The overall effect looks oversharpened but there are also areas that appear blurred or smudged.
I think the trick to evaluating software like this is to apply it to a separate layer above your previous best version and then flip between the two to see what you have gained and what you have lost. My guess here is that you have gained texture at the expense of depth and tone.

JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
12 May 2009 5:46PM
Thanks for the comments
Juliee 11 382 4 England
12 May 2009 6:27PM
I think I agree with Bluerooms comments.
It's certainly sharp, but sharper isn't always better. There are areas, like the gravel and bottom of the wall which send me a bit cross eyed when looking at them.
JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
12 May 2009 6:42PM
Thanks Julie for stopping by.

Useful feedback. Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
12 May 2009 8:58PM
Hello, Jeff. I agree with Eric. I have had a really close look at this and there are some very strong artefacts appearing, which look devoid of detail (what Eric calls blurred or smudged). The top of the foreground wall, for instance, and the far end of the gravel path, the view behind the left arch, the underneaths of the tops of all the arches, the area very top right, etc. I am actually wondering if this is processing rather than sharpening, but you don't say what else you did with the image. As to the gravel at the bottom, I agree with Juliee, and have always had to be careful about sharpening gravel, or pebbles on the sea shore, as it becomes very unnatural and "speckly". I quite like the sharpening on the larger stonework, so wouldn't say that was too much. I am wondering if it's the local contrast slider/edges that has caused some of this blurring on some of the lines. I can see the advantages of this selective sharpening, but personally prefer to free select for myself, it's far more accurate. I like this image and would like to have seen it before the sharpening, to get an idea of what changes had been made. Is it possible that you used too many of the available options? Just a thought.
JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
14 May 2009 7:54PM
Thanks for the feed back Pamela.
What does "Free Select" mean ?

Will upload an "unsharpened" image in the next couple of days... bean busy this week and only just spotted your request
JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
14 May 2009 9:34PM

Quote:bean busy


??? Where is the dictionary
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
14 May 2009 11:55PM
As I understand it, the trial Sharpener you used does the selecting for you. By "free select", I mean using the lasso tool and selecting the area yourself, then sharpening with, say, unsharp mask.

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