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Richard Southworth wrote:
> So am I on track here, is this a sane way to batch up
> output sharpening for a group of images?
No, it's not. ACR's output sharpening function is intended for images that got capture-sharpened and exhaustively adjusted in Camera Raw and then go from there directly to the printer, with no further tweaking in Photoshop.
When explicitly saving the image in TIFF format and then loading it into Photoshop for further adjustments (including resizing/resampling) then better don't apply output sharpening in Camera Raw but do that in Photoshop instead.
Of course you
re-load TIFF files back into Camera Raw after having worked on them in Photoshop, to take advantage of ACR's new output sharpening feature---but that's not the way it's intended to be used.
I think you may have misssed my point. I understand the normal workflow is to output sharpen in PS, have done it many times. However, there is no automated output sharpening in PS, and the ACR method purports to be such. If it is "good enough" than why is this not a "sane" method?
Per my post, I did re-load the tif files back into ACR - seems like a reasonably efficient way to use the automation, and just why is that "not the way it's intended to be used."?
I'm looking for a flaw in my reasoning, not gut reaction opinions.
Richard, that sounds reasonable to me.
Thanks for the reply. It's interesting to me that we would have to "double back" into ACR to accomplish the automatic Output Sharpening. It would seem that it is a logical function to also include within PS.
Any words on what OS does in terms of radius, etc.?
> It would seem that it is a logical function to also include within PS.
Yes, it would but Adobe didn't want to include it at this time. There is the ability to use PhotoKit Output Sharpener in Photoshop (from which the Lightroom/Camera Raw sharpening was derived). Pixel Genius would LOVE to have Adobe put the output sharpening in the Photoshop print dialog :~)
> Any words on what OS does in terms of radius, etc.?
No, we are not planning to disclose the output sharpening method or parameters. (However, you can take a look at Bruce Fraser's "Image Sharpening" book to get an idea.)
I have the book, went thru his processes on a couple of images. Lots of work, but very effective.