We did discuss sharpening in another thread, but that does not stop you from starting a new post. CNX2 has been improved since this thread started. As far as capture sharpening goes. I have customized all my picture controls in CNX2 to remove sharpening. That is the area I look at first selecting the best Picture Control for the image with sharpening off. I then usually adjust highlights and shadows and pick my black, white and if necessary grey points and then I run a capture sharpen. From there I proceed with all my other edits and then do a final sharpening which may include a number of methods or multiple sharpenings done on a selective basis. There are many tricks to draw the eye where you want it in the photo, they include selective sharpening, lightening the area of interest and darkening the area around it. CNX2 gives you so many ways to do stuff that as you learn it is best to just experiment and see what you get. You can always undo it easily and it is a great way to learn how the process works. Some of my best images came about by my fooling with some adjustment and getting some surprise result that I had not anticipated.