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>I'm looking for a catch-all setting.
A futile search. Every image is different.
I use PhotoKit Sharpener for both capture and output sharpening.
Yes, I know this. I am not looking for the definitive setting. But having said this does anyone use ACR for capture sharpening? I'd like to be able to utilize the software to its fullist without having to suggest to others that they have to out and buy yet another software. Keep in mind that I am just looking for a general setting with tweeking being done outside of ACR.
> "But having said this does anyone use ACR for capture sharpening?"
Yes (and now Lightroom). Here were some thoughts:
Thank you for this responce. It was exactly what I was looking for. While I appreciated the insight regarding using a third party sharpening software that was not the information I was seeking.
>While I appreciated the insight regarding using a third party sharpening software that was not the information I was seeking.
That information was not tendered as a solution, just as an explanation. I fond it utterly futile to try to find a universal set of sharpening settings in ACR.
Incidentally, if you didn't appreciate my reply, you are entitled to your money back.
You are not addressing Adobe here. We are all users like you, just trying to help each other out.
Point well taken. Thank you for your help.
If you follow Bruce Fraser's sharpening workflow, sharpening for image source is determined by the megapixel count of the sensor and the strength of the antialiasing filter. This is done on a layer with blend if sliders to protect the highlights and shadows from the sharpening and with the layer opacity set to 66%.
For a 6 MP camera with a moderately strong anti-aliasing filter, one would use a radius of 0.6 and amount of 400. This sharpening is fixed and does not vary from image to image. One then sharpens for image content through an edge mask and the radius and amount would vary according to image content, i.e whether high, mid, or low frequency detail predominates. These two steps fall under capture sharpening.
In ACR the two steps would be combined in one operation. For general suggestions, see the post by Jeff Schewe