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Output Sharpener Tour

Interface Controls

1 View Modes

Single Image View: In this view, the image is displayed with the sharpening applied across the Image Preview area.
Split View: The image is displayed with a red line running either vertically or horizontally through it.
Side-by-side View: In this view, two separate previews appear. The previews are linked for zooming and panning. This lets you see the before- and after-images as a whole, or at the fine detail level.

 

2 Preview
The Preview function enables you to toggle on and off a preview of filter effects applied to the active image. Check the Preview checkbox to display the effects, and uncheck the box to hide them.

3 Preview Modes
The Output Sharpener offers different modes to preview the sharpening effect on your image. These previews can help you determine where the sharpening has been applied by the selective tools as well as to preview to the final output sharpening result. The Output Sharpener provides the following controls within the Preview Modes pull-down menu:

Sharpened Image: In this default mode, the image will be displayed with the sharpening effect applied.
Sharpening Soft Proof: This mode provides the ability to preview the final result on your monitor, as it will be created by your output device. This enables you to make decisions on the amount of sharpening to apply without having to print out the image. Utilizing the Sharpening Soft Proof will automatically resize the image to resemble the image as it would be viewed when printed at a normal viewing distance. When the Sharpening Soft Proof is enabled, you can adjust the Output Sharpening, Creative Sharpening, and Selective Sharpening controls to fine tune the image for your desired sharpening level.
Effect Overlay: The original image appears with an overlay showing where the selective sharpening effect is applied, according to the color ranges or control points added to the image. You can adjust the filter controls or control points while in the Effect Overlay mode. A red overlay indicates those areas enhanced by the filter; no visible overlay (i.e., the original colors of the image) indicates unaffected areas.
Effect Mask: This mode displays the mask created automatically by the color ranges and the control points used in the image. You can adjust the filter controls or control points while in the Effect Mask mode. White indicates those areas enhanced by the filter, black indicates unaffected areas, and gray indicates moderately affected areas.

 

4 Select
The Select Tool lets you select and interact with control points that are added during the filter selection and editing process.

5 Zoom
The Zoom Tool lets you zoom in and out of your image. After selecting the tool, click on the area of the image within the interface that you want to zoom in to.

6 Pan
The Pan Tool lets you reposition your image while zoomed into the 100% or 300% views.

7 Background Selector
The Background Selector Tool lets you toggle the background color between Light Gray, Middle Gray, and Dark Gray.

Image by Jay Goodrich

 

Preset Manager

The Output Sharpening Preset Manager provides photographers with the ability to create and save presets for quick and easy applications of output sharpening. Saving a preset in the Output Sharpener filter will retain all sharpening information set in the Output Sharpening and in the Creative Sharpening; controls within the Selective Sharpening section will not be retained.

1 Preset List
Any custom preset you have created will appear here. Simply click on your desired preset to apply it to the image.

2 Delete Button
Roll over a preset to display this button. Click on the Delete button to remove the preset from the list of available presets.

3 Update Button
Roll over a preset to display the update button. Click on the Update button to update the preset with the current settings in Output Sharpening and Creative Sharpening.

4 Add New Preset
To create an Output Sharpening Preset, set the Output Sharpening controls, then apply any global creative sharpening with the Creative Sharpening controls, and finally click Add New Preset.

Image by Jay Goodrich

 

Output Sharpening

1 Output Sharpening Twirler
Clicking on the Output Sharpening twirler displays the Output Sharpening controls.

2 Output Sharpening Device Dropdown
The Output Sharpening provides a list of the output device options that the Output Sharpener filter can sharpen for. Choose from Display, Continuous Tone, Halftone, Inkjet, and Hybrid Device. Please read below for information on sharpening for those devices.

Display allows you to sharpen for display devices such as monitors and projectors.

A Adaptive Sharpening
Use the Adaptive Sharpening slider to control the amount of sharpening applied to the entire image. Then use the Output Sharpening Strength in the Creative Sharpening controls section to control the opacity of the sharpening applied to the entire image.

Continuous Tone is used to sharpen for continuous tone printers such as prints found at photographic labs using silver-halide based papers and dye-sublimation printers.

B Viewing Distance
The Viewing Distance factors into how much sharpening is applied to the current image. The Auto setting will automatically determine the viewing distance based on the diagonal of the image’s height and width, which is commonly accepted as the normal viewing distance for a photograph. The Auto setting is recommended, but if the image is not going to be viewed at the normal viewing distance for that size image options are provided to sharpen based on a preset viewing distance.

C Printer Resolution
The Printer Resolution selects the resolution that the printer will print at. Use the Printer Resolution pull-down menu to select the appropriate resolution. Please contact your lab or printer’s user manual for the appropriate resolution to select. If the appropriate resolution is not found within the pull-down menu, please select one of the User Defined options and then enter the appropriate resolution in the box provided.

Halftone sharpens for halftone printers such as large web- or sheet-fed presses.

D Viewing Distance
The Viewing Distance pull-down menu will factor into how much sharpening is applied to the current image. The Auto setting will automatically determine the viewing distance based on the diagonal of the image’s height and width, which is commonly accepted as the normal viewing distance for a photograph. The Auto setting is recommended, but if the image is not going to be viewed at the normal viewing distance for that size image, options are provided to sharpen based on a preset viewing distance.

E Paper Type
The Paper Type pull-down menu selects what type of paper medium the image will be printed on. The options are Newsprint, Uncoated, Coated, and High Gloss, with Newsprint applying the most sharpening and High Gloss applying the least.

F Printer Resolution
The Printer Resolution selects the resolution that the print will be created at. For Halftone presses, the resolution is measured in Lines per Inch and Lines per Centimeter (lpi or lpcm). Please contact your pre-press contact for information on the appropriate resolution to select.

Inkjet sharpens for inkjet printers such as Canon, Epson, and HP.

G Viewing Distance
The Viewing Distance pull-down menu will factor into how much sharpening is applied to the current image. The Auto setting will automatically determine the viewing distance based on the diagonal of the image’s height and width, which is commonly accepted as the normal viewing distance for a photograph. The Auto setting is recommended, but if the image is not going to be viewed at the normal viewing distance for that size image, options are provided to sharpen based on a preset viewing distance

H Paper Type
The Paper Type pull-down menu selects what type of paper medium the image will be printed on. The options are Textured & Fine Art, Canvas, Plain Paper, Matte, Luster, and Glossy, with Textured & Fine Art applying the most sharpening and Glossy applying the least.

I Printer Resolution
The Printer Resolution selects the resolution that the print will be printed at. Choose from the drop down menu the resolution that the printer will be printing at. Please refer to your printer’s manual to determine the appropriate resolution to select. If the appropriate resolution is not found within the pull-down menu, please select one of the User Defined options and then enter the appropriate resolution in the two boxes provided.

Hybrid sharpens for printers that use a hybrid of inkjet and halftone screening techniques.

J Viewing Distance
The Viewing Distance pull-down menu will factor into how much sharpening is applied to the current image. The Auto setting will automatically determine the viewing distance based on the diagonal of the image’s height and width, which is commonly accepted as the normal viewing distance for a photograph. The Auto setting is recommended, but if the image is not going to be viewed at the normal viewing distance for that size image, options are provided to sharpen based on a preset viewing distance

Image by Jay Goodrich

 

Creative Sharpening

The Creative Sharpening controls can be used to control both the strength of the output specific sharpening and apply any global creative sharpening to the image. Control points can later be used to selectively adjust the amounts of each of these controls on any object or area within the image.

1 Creative Sharpening Twirler
Clicking on the Creative Sharpening twirler displays the Creative Sharpening controls.

2 Output Sharpening Strength
The Output Sharpening Strength slider is the main global sharpening control in the Output Sharpener filter, which controls the strength of the output sharpening applied to the overall image. Increasing the Output Sharpening Strength slider will increase the sharpening applied to the image and decreasing the Output Sharpening Strength slider will decrease the overall strength of the sharpening applied to the image.

3 Structure
Controls the fine details and textures within the image. Increasing this slider emphasizes fine details throughout the image while decreasing this slider reduces the appearance of fine details for smoother surfaces.

4 Local Contrast
Controls local contrast throughout the entire image. Increasing this slider will increase the edges of small objects throughout the image while decreasing this slider will lower the contrast of edges, applying a diffusing effect.

5 Focus
Controls the adaptive sharpening of fine image details and large areas of the image. Increasing this slider will increase the overall strength of the adaptive sharpening and decreasing this slider will decrease the adaptive sharpening, applying a slight blurring effect to the image.

Image by Jay Goodrich

 

Selective Sharpening

1 Selective Sharpening Twirler
Clicking on the Selective Sharpening twirler displays the Selective Sharpening controls.

2 Toggle Selective Sharpening
Toggling this checkbox on and off shows and hides just the selective sharpening effect on your photo.

3 Selective Sharpening Method Dropdown
The Output Sharpener filter has two methods for selectively applying the sharpening to the image: Control Points and Color Ranges. Please read below for information on using those two methods.

The first method of selectively applying the sharpening is based on U Point® technology. U Point® technology lets photographers identify and isolate objects within a photograph by placing a control point on the object or area to be affected. By analyzing color, tonality, detail and location, U Point® determines where to apply certain effects, according to the photographer’s needs.

All control points within the active image communicate with each other, providing continuity of control over multiple objects throughout the image. Each control point in the Output Sharpener filter can control the extent to which the selected object is affected by the output sharpening and which creative sharpening techniques are applied to the selected object. This lets you add control points and then decide which objects to apply sharpening to as well as to control the amount of sharpening on each object independently.

A Add Control Point
Click this button to add a control point to selectively control the sharpening applied to an object or area. The mouse pointer changes, indicating that you can place a control point on the image. After placing the control point on the image, you can adjust the sharpening controls.

By default, control points added to the image will have all sliders set to their default values. The default values will override the global Creative Sharpening controls and apply only the default Output Sharpening Strength to the object or area selected by the control point.

To place a control point with the same slider settings as found in the Creative Sharpening section, change the Default Control Point Settings option within the Settings to Retain Creative Sharpening Settings. Any control point added to the image will then apply the global Creative Sharpening values as the default control point values, providing a useful starting point for the selected object which can then be fine tuned using the control point’s sliders.

B Show Effect Preview
After adding a control point to the image, the checkbox within the Show Effect Preview Column will be enabled. By un-checking this box, you can disable that control point’s effect on the image.

C Size Column
The Size Column will display the value of each control point’s Size slider.

D Show Selection Column
The Show Selection Column enables you to show the selection of a control point. Checking the box next to a control point in the Show Selection Column will show only the selected control point’s selection. The control point is affecting areas inked in white, while areas inked in black are not being affected, with gray areas being partially affected. Click on the Show Selection Column header to show or hide the selection of all control points.

E Reset Control Point Column
The Reset control point Column enables you to reset the sliders back to the default settings for any individual Control Point.

F Duplicate
To create a duplicate copy of a control point, click the Select tool , and then click on the control point to be duplicated. Next, click on the Duplicate button. An exact copy of the selected control point will be placed on the image and you can then reposition the new control point by clicking and dragging it to a new location.

G Delete
Click the Delete button to remove the selected control points from the image and set the Apply to entire image slider to 100%. Alternatively, select a control point and then click the Delete key on the keyboard to remove the selected control point. To adjust or delete multiple control points or adjust their controls in parallel, first select the desired control points by one of the following methods:

  • Click the Select Tool, then left-click, hold and draw a bounding box containing the desired control points
  • Hold the Shift key down and click on the control points to be selected.
With multiple control points selected, you can delete all or modify the filter controls of all control points at the same time by adjusting those of only one.

 

The second method of selectively sharpening is based on individual Color Ranges. This method is most effective when affecting large objects or if you want to uniformly sharpen based on color. Additionally, this is the recommended method to use if you would like to selectively sharpen noise in a batch process.

You can have as few as two color ranges selected, with no maximum to the number possible.

H Color Patch and Eyedropper
The Color Patch will display the color considered for sharpening for the current color range. Hold the mouse over the patch to see a read-out of the RGB color values for the color selected. Click on the Color Patch to call up the Color Picker from your image editing application to set a color directly. Alternatively, use the Eyedropper to select a color from the image.

I Output Sharpening Strength
The Output Sharpening Strength slider controls the amount of Output Sharpening applied to the selected color range. Decreasing this slider will reduce the amount of sharpening applied to the selected color range while increasing this slider will increase the amount of sharpening applied to the selected color range. Change the amount of the Output Sharpening Strength slider to balance sharpening detail and enhancing noise, the higher the value of the Strength slider, the more sharpening will be applied to the image.

J Delete Color Range
Click on this button to delete a color range. The Delete Color Range buttons will disappear if you reach only two color ranges, which is the minimum. As soon as you click on the Add Color Range button, the Delete Color Range buttons will appear again for all color ranges.

K Add Color Range
Click on this button to add an additional color range to the image.

Image by Jay Goodrich

 

Navigator Loupe

The Navigator Loupe ensures that the appropriate information is displayed depending on the state of the Image Preview. In the Zoom to Fit view, the Loupe mode displays details under the mouse pointer at 100%, and image detail information before and after the filter is applied. When zoomed to 100% or 300%, the Navigator mode is displayed, giving you a bird’s eye view of where you are currently in the image. The view switches automatically between Navigator and Loupe for efficient workflow.

1 Navigator Loupe Twirler
Clicking on the twirler to display the Navigator Loupe section.

2 Loupe View
With the Image Preview in the Zoom to Fit state, the Navigator switches to Loupe mode. To pan within the Loupe display, click and drag the image. In Loupe mode, a vertical red line bisects the image--the left-hand section displays the image prior to applying the filter and the right-hand side shows the image after filter application. This ensures that you can always see the image detail at 100% while reviewing the filter’s effect where you position your mouse in the Preview. You can click and drag the red line to adjust the relative size of the before and after sections in the Loupe.

3 Thumbtack Button
To lock in place the area displayed in the Loupe, click the thumbtack icon in the lower-left corner of the Loupe, then click on the area of the image you want to keep inside the Loupe. To unlock the area, click the thumbtack icon again. Alternately, right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh) to toggle the lock in place function.

 

4 Navigator View
When you switch the Zoom to Fit state to 100% or 300%, the Navigator Loupe switches to the Navigator mode and a red rectangle indicates the area of the image currently displayed in the Image Preview. Click on the area of the image in the Navigator that you would like to display in the Image Preview.

 

Filter Controls

 

1 Help
The Help button accesses the electronic help provided with Sharpener Pro 3.

2 Settings
Click on Settings in the Sharpener Pro 3 filter interface to configure default look and functionality, and to determine how Sharpener Pro 3 interacts with your images.

3 Brush
The Brush button is only available when Sharpener Pro 3 is accessed from Adobe Photoshop. Clicking Brush applies the edits as a mask rather than a new layer, providing the ability to selectively brush on or off the sharpening.

4 Cancel
The Cancel button discards any settings specified in the current session, closes Sharpener Pro 3, and returns you to your host application without changing the image.

5 OK/Save
The OK/Save button processes and applies the effects to the active image.

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