Nik shapener that much better?
#1. "RE: Nik shapener that much better?" | In response to Reply # 0DaveSoderlund Nikonian since 29th May 2010Wed 21-Aug-13 02:40 PM
I find sharpening to be one of the most mysterious aspects of PP. When I am sharpening in Aperture I am never sure exactly what I am looking for... I like Nik Sharpener Pro 3 (as a plug-in to Aperture) because it provides default sharpening algorithms depending on your desired output (electronic display, inkjet print, photographic print). I have used both the display and photographic print presets a lot as starting points for final sharpening. Another benefit of the Nik plug-in is that you can use control points to selectively sharpen/unsharpen specific elements of the image.
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#2. "RE: Nik shapener that much better?" | In response to Reply # 1luckyphoto Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010Wed 21-Aug-13 07:52 PM
I'm with Dave. The NIK Sharpener Pro 3 plugin is an excellent sharpening tool and provides a lot more flexibility than the Aperture tool.
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#3. "RE: Nik shapener that much better?" | In response to Reply # 2lajolla Nikonian since 04th Nov 2005Fri 23-Aug-13 01:13 AM
Sharpening controls in Aperture 3.4.5 are quite precise. You can use brick upon brick of sharpening adjustment steps to process the full image in small, and differing increments, as opposed to any one, usually imprecise, global sharpening control effect. And the Aperture quick brush control allows you to sharpen any selected area of the image with a very precise radius control. And of course you can pre-set Aperture to convert your nef files on import using varying parameters, including sharpness. Frankly, I have the Nik plug in but rarely use it for sharpening. But this is just my aesthetic preference. With the d800 I actually find myself reducing the sharpness during post processing of most nef files. I also shoot dual jpeg fine, varying the baked in sharpness, and other nikon proprietary parameters. The baked in jpeg fine images are always useful to play with and to compare with your own nef manipulations. good luck.