Whaz USM??


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engr

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Yo folks, newbie here. Been seeing this abbreviation USM. Whaz that ah? Can enlighten me? Seems to be some process that can improve picture quality.. Thanks..
 

goering

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You are probably referring to the Unsharp Mask (USM) of Photoshop - a process to sharpen pics - but I actually find this term strange

USM is also commonly used to refer to the Ultrasonic Motor of Canon lenses -an entirely different thing
 

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USM is unsharp mask. It is a real stupid name for a filter that is supposed to sharpen photos. It can be found in most photo editing programs. (eg : Photoshop) Basically what it does is that between 2 colours, eg a leaf and a tree, it enhances the contrast between the green and the brown with a little (glow), thereby making the leaf "stand-out ". "sharpening" it. It's powers, to me (pls correct me if i'm wrong), is only good if the pic is slightly blur. For totally cannot-make-it photos. USM is useless

you can visit :
http://www.planetphotoshop.com/peteback.html

and go to the topic :
Focus On Sharpening, Part 2

for more info.
 

AReality

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nipapa said:
USM is unsharp mask. It is a real stupid name for a filter that is supposed to sharpen photos.
Ahhh...
Going to explain why it is called UnSharp Mask...

It all goes back to the traditional darkroom.
There will be a separator who will make a pin-registered contact negative of the original image. To soften the mask, the artist will place a piece of frosted film between the original and the masking film.
This soft, mask (unsharp mask) will increase the edge contrast, making the image look sharper.

:)


Ok ok. Easier explanation...
The USM for photoshop masks out the unsharpened part of the image; the unsharpened part is taken away. Leaving the sharpened part only...

:)
 

engr

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Ooh thank you all bros & sis for helping! :D Enlightened...
 

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