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The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening

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Capture sharpen for a sharp start

Before discussing the new sharpening controls in Lightroom, I should briefly explain the principles behind capture sharpening and the difference between this and output sharpening.

The Unsharp Mask filter in Photoshop has been around since the earliest days of the program and has not changed since then. As Photoshop matured, our understanding of sharpening and how best to use the Unsharp Mask filter controls improved—various techniques evolved that cleverly used the Unsharp Mask filter to its best advantage. In his lifetime, author and Photoshop guru Bruce Fraser did the industry a great service with his research into Photoshop sharpening. His recipes for optimum sharpening, based on whether you were sharpening ...

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