View Poll Results: Do you use USM or Smart Sharpening?

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  • USM

    74 61.67%
  • Smart Sharpening

    21 17.50%
  • USM, then Smart Sharpening

    8 6.67%
  • Smart Sharpening, then USM

    7 5.83%
  • Others

    15 12.50%
  • I don't do sharpening

    7 5.83%
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Thread: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

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    Default Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    Hi,
    Wonder if you guys use USM or Smart Sharpening? Or both??
    Can anyone tell me what's the difference? In terms of how it works, what it does and effect on end product?
    Which does a better job? In what way better?
    Which produces less artifacts?
    Which is easier to use?
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    Default Re: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    USM is good for printing purpose. That is what I noticed. I also use it to create punchier contrast to some of my images.

    Smart sharpening is good for web size images. You can also control the amount of 'halo-ing' and make other precise adjustments by selecting individual channels. Makes it sharp and crispy without the nasty artifacts.

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    Anyone tried high-pass filter?
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    Default Re: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    Quote Originally Posted by peapilot View Post
    Anyone tried high-pass filter?
    yes was going to mention this
    Can use high pass filter also
    add layer,high pass filter blending mode overlay
    works well too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsun View Post
    yes was going to mention this
    Can use high pass filter also
    add layer,high pass filter blending mode overlay
    works well too
    Interesting..never tried this before. quite new to pp-ing I guess. So just duplicate layer, high pass filter it, then set it as an overlay to the overall image, right? I hope I got it.
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    Yes I tend to use hard light instead of overlay but both works
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    Default Re: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    using a combination of USM and smart sharpen?? is that any good... lol

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    I tend to use smart sharpening more often... but USM serves me well most of the time too. The difference isn't too distinct.

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    High pass filter for me. Tend to like the results better most of the time.

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    Default Re: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsun View Post
    yes was going to mention this
    Can use high pass filter also
    add layer,high pass filter blending mode overlay
    works well too
    I used USM often... Smart sharpening less.

    high pass filter can anyone share the procedures. Want to try out. Thks...

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    Default Re: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanqiang1011 View Post
    I used USM often... Smart sharpening less.

    high pass filter can anyone share the procedures. Want to try out. Thks...
    http://www.nyfalls.com/article-photo...harpening.html

    awesome tutorial. works brilliantly and much better than the already good smart sharpening.

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    Default Re: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    USM... better control over how much i want to sharpen
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrchua View Post
    http://www.nyfalls.com/article-photo...harpening.html

    awesome tutorial. works brilliantly and much better than the already good smart sharpening.
    THanks, mastered le...

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    Default Re: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    Hope to get some more enlightenment...

    This high pass filter method, does it only applies to web images?

    Can images that we want to send for print do the high pass filter too?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    Any method works for me, as long as I have them on adjustable layers with a layer mask, so I can selective sharpen areas of the photo.

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    Default Re: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanqiang1011 View Post
    Hope to get some more enlightenment...

    This high pass filter method, does it only applies to web images?

    Can images that we want to send for print do the high pass filter too?

    Thanks in advance
    yes you can still apply a high pass filter after converting to CMYK.

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    I prefer High pass filter than USM.

    There abit of different in USM and High pass filter.

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu...arpening.shtml
    http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tuto...harpening.html

    Hope you all will understand after reading this website.

    If you are bringing out certain detail in image. I will recommend high pass. =)

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    Default Re: Unsharp Mask or Smart Sharpening?

    U are right. When you are applying the highpass filter, you can apply a bit more, then blend it with "overlay". Then you can fine tune the amount of sharpening by adjusting the opacity of the layer.

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamzcape View Post
    Interesting..never tried this before. quite new to pp-ing I guess. So just duplicate layer, high pass filter it, then set it as an overlay to the overall image, right? I hope I got it.
    Highpass filter sharpening can be fine tuned and re-adjusted anytime you like.

    Quote Originally Posted by yehosaphat View Post
    USM... better control over how much i want to sharpen

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