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GaryPk Silver Member Nikonian since 01st May 2012Wed 02-Jan-13 10:56 PM
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"Lightroom / Nik Sharpener Pro Workflow"


Bailey, US
          

Hi. I want to do Pre-Sharpening in Nik, Creative Sharpening in LR, and Output sharpening in Nik. Then Print from the LR Print Module.

How to I turn OFF Input Sharpening in LR?

After doing Output Sharpening in NIK, I assume I add no Output Sharpening in the LR Print Module for paper type (glossy, matte)

Do I have this right or am I over sharpening by this method?

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walkerr Administrator Awarded for his con tributed articles published at the Resources Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in multiple areas Nikonian since 05th May 2002Thu 03-Jan-13 01:55 AM
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#1. "RE: Lightroom / Nik Sharpener Pro Workflow"
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Thu 03-Jan-13 01:58 AM by walkerr

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>Hi. I want to do Pre-Sharpening in Nik, Creative Sharpening
>in LR, and Output sharpening in Nik. Then Print from the LR
>Print Module.
>
>How to I turn OFF Input Sharpening in LR?
>

Make the intensity zero.

>After doing Output Sharpening in NIK, I assume I add no Output
>Sharpening in the LR Print Module for paper type (glossy,
>matte)
>

That's correct

>Do I have this right or am I over sharpening by this method?
>

I wouldn't say you're over-sharpening, but I think you're kludging up your workflow. You'd be using an old and out-of-date sharpener with less flexibility that will force you into larger intermediate files that will clutter your drive and produce results that are at best no better. More likely, they'll be poorer. As much as I love many of Nik's others plug-ins (and I'm a huge fan of SEP2 and CEP4 in particular), I think Sharpener is a thing of the past. It was clearly designed for a single-stage workflow (no capture sharpening), so many of its sharpening controls are in the wrong module (output module contains items that should be in the capture sharpening one). Its capture sharpening breaks down and produces strange artifacts if you try to accentuate fine detail. Finally, you can't see the interaction between noise reduction and sharpening, which is a balancing act.

The bottom line: I wouldn't use it. You have far better tools within LR4 that make sharpening a breeze in comparison.

Rick Walker

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dagoldst Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2012Sun 06-Jan-13 04:50 PM
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#4. "RE: Lightroom / Nik Sharpener Pro Workflow"
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>
>The bottom line: I wouldn't use it. You have far better tools
>within LR4 that make sharpening a breeze in comparison.

Just a vote for the above. Once I started understanding the sharpening tool of Lightroom 4, it was an "Aha!" moment. It is an extremely powerful tool like nothing I have seen in any program I have used before.

David

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mfphoto1 Registered since 29th Oct 2005Thu 03-Jan-13 02:01 AM
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I think your doing more than you need to switching back and forth between programs. The latest versions of LR and PS do a great job on all stages of sharpening. If you can check out this video http://kelbytraining.com/course/matt_tack_sharp/

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GaryPk Silver Member Nikonian since 01st May 2012Thu 03-Jan-13 03:31 AM
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Bailey, US
          

I appreciate you. Thanks ...

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