RAW Presharpener 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 RAW Presharpener 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 RAW Presharpener 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.
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


Global Sharpening


1 Adaptive Sharpening
The Adaptive Strength slider controls the amount of sharpening applied to the whole image. Decreasing this slider will reduce the amount of sharpening applied to the whole image while increasing this slider will increase the amount of sharpening applied to the whole image.

2 Edge Balance
The Edge Balance will control where the sharpening is applied. With the Edge Balance slider, adjusting the slider towards Sharpen Areas will sharpen those regions between the edges of objects more than the edges, while adjusting the slider towards Sharpen Edges will sharpen the edges more than the regions between the edges of objects. In the middle, the sharpening is applied equally between the areas and edges.

3 Image Quality
The Image Quality control has two options for adjusting how the sharpening is applied. Using the Normal setting will sharpen based on the normal information presented in an image. The High ISO image setting will work to prevent any noise left in the image from being enhanced by the sharpening process.

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 RAW Presharpener 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 RAW Presharpener filter can control the extent to which the selected object is affected by a filter. This lets you add control points and then decide the amount of sharpening to apply to each object.

A Add 0% Control Point
Click this button to add a control point preset to no filter effect (i.e., 0% opacity). 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 Opacity slider.

B Add 100% Control Point
Click this button to add a control point preset to the full effect of the filter (i.e., 100% opacity). The mouse pointer changes, indicating that you can place a control point on the image. After placing the control point on the image, you may adjust the filter’s effect with the Opacity slider. If the first control point added is a 100% Control Point, the "Apply to entire image" slider (see E) will automatically move to 0% to ensure that the filter effect is applied only at that control point. You can then adjust the slider manually.

C Size
The Size slider controls the size or reach of the control point. Increase this control to enlarge the control point’s reach, or decrease to reduce its reach, as indicated by an expanding or contracting circle.

D Opacity
The Opacity slider controls the extent to which the effect is added to the image. At 100%, the filter’s full effect is applied to the selected object; at 0%, the selected object retains its original colors and details.

E Apply To Entire Image Slider
This slider lets you specify how much of the current effect to apply across the entire image. Any control points added to the image override the effect of this slider for the object they select. For example, if you specify a filter effect on an entire landscape photograph, set Apply to entire image to 100%, and then later add a control point to the sky at 0% opacity, the filter will have no effect on the sky.

F Control Point Details
This area shows you the details for each of the control points currently added to the image. Click on a control point listed in this section to select it in the image, and click on the percentage displayed to type in a new value manually.

G 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.

H 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.

I 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.

J Opacity
The Opacity slider controls the amount of sharpening applied to the selected Color Range. Decreasing this slider will reduce the amount of sharpening applied while increasing this slider will increase the amount of sharpening applied. Change the amount of the Opacity slider to balance sharpening detail and enhancing noise, the higher the value of the Opacity slider, the more sharpening will be applied to the selected color range in the image.

K 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.

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


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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