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    Default Manny Librodo Sharpening Technique

    hi people, i would like to share with you about Manny Librodo Sharpening Technique. im sure some of you know about this. you may try experiment if you want to. here a technique for you.



    Manny Librodo is an amateur photographer who has taken a variety of high-quality photographs. Many say his forte is in portraiture, an opinion backed by a portfolio with numerous and diverse portraits. He has been involved in amateur photography since 2002 and claims to have no aspirations toward being a professional photographer. He has developed a method of sharpening photographs by using certain tools in Photoshop.

    The First Sharpening

    Open the file in Photoshop. Press Control-J to copy your image into a new layer. Go to the "Filter" menu and select "Sharpen." From there select "Unsharp Mask" and enter 18 for Amount, 40 for Radius and 0 for Threshold.


    The Second Sharpening
    Go back into the "Filter" menu. Again, go to "Sharpen" and click on "Unsharp Mask." Enter 150 for Amount, 0.3 for Radius and 0 for Threshold. Go into the "Edit" menu and select "Fade Unsharp Mask" or press Shift-Control-F. Enter an opacity of 100 percent and select "Darken," then press "OK."


    The Third Sharpening

    Go to the "Filter" menu and select "Sharpen." Click on "Unsharp Mask." Enter 150 for the Amount, 0.3 for the Radius and 0 for the Threshold. Go to the "Edit" menu and select "Fade Unsharp Mask" or press Shift-Control-F. Enter 50 percent for opacity and select Lighten, then press "OK." Click on the "Layer" menu and select "Merge Visible" or press Shift-Control-E and save the image.


    The Result

    What you'll end up with is a picture with much sharper lines and more vivid colors. This technique is called post processing; changing the way the picture looks after it's taken by affecting light levels and other variables digitally.


    here the DEMO photo:

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    Default Re: Manny Librodo Sharpening Technique

    u mgiht wanna post the 100% crops for fairer comparison? just a suggestion.

    for me i use the highpass+ overlay for sharpening

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    crop to 100% would be much better on comparison.

    I will only use USM after cropping to a certain amount. Other than that, i'll use High Pass.

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    Default Re: Manny Librodo Sharpening Technique

    High Pass for me. Saves time and effort. Manny Librodo's is good, though.
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    Default Re: Manny Librodo Sharpening Technique

    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpimp View Post
    High Pass for me. Saves time and effort. Manny Librodo's is good, though.
    Perhaps turning this few steps into a photoshop action would save some time. Still more concerned about the quality of the sharpening
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    looks kind of fake, maybe can try with lesser values input for the unsharp mask

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    Default Re: Manny Librodo Sharpening Technique

    Thanks for sharing, the results was good~ Did a comparison with my normal workflow and additional lightroom sharpening, this combinations is better. But don't think it is suitable for portrait sharpening as your example shown, hair seems kind of frizzy.

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    Default Re: Manny Librodo Sharpening Technique

    I vouch for High-pass sharpening techniqie too. Painless and absolutely controllable.
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