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Posted 10 August 2009 - 05:56 AM

I've now moved over from using "Unsharp Mask" to "Adjust Sharpness" in Photoshop Elements, which is a version of "Smart Sharpening" in Photoshop, so the same comments will apply to both.

The difference between digital and film is hopefully film should always be sharp out of the camera and not require sharpening, whereas digital images are intentionally softened in camera to avoid moire patterns and then "pseudo sharpened", either in camera for JPEG's, or in post processing if using RAW. I say "pseudo sharpened" since as I understand it you can never put back the information that was removed in the softening process, only simulate it?

I did a Google search for "Adjust Sharpness" in Elements and it seems to be a detuned version of "Smart Sharpen" in Photoshop, plus most reviewers seem to think it is better than "Unsharp Mask" since there are less chances of getting sharpening halo's.


Scroll down to p207 on this link below to see an example of "Adjust Sharpness".


One person on another site says:-

"But for just touching up the sharpness of a normal image then Adjust Sharpness is the best - but make sure you have it set to Lens Blur (or motion blur if that's what caused the blurring). Adjust Sharpness is the same as Smart Sharpen in Photoshop - but you just get the Basic and not the Advanced panel (so don't get a choice of being able to sharpen highlights, midtones and shadows separately)."

For Photoshop "Smart Sharpen" see:-


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