MAS­TER un­shar p MASK

It sounds counter-in­tu­itive, but it’s the way to sharpen, Rod Law­ton ex­plains

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TIFF or JPEG ver­sion of your photo; the orig­i­nal file is never mod­i­fied.

Cre­ative con­trol

The fact that the edit­ing is non­de­struc­tive is use­ful be­cause you may need to ap­ply dif­fer­ent sharp­en­ing set­tings in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions. You can ap­ply ‘cap­ture’ sharp­en­ing to all your pho­tos to make them crisper, but you may also want to ap­ply ‘out­put’ sharp­en­ing to op­ti­mise prints or images which are go­ing to be dis­played on-screen. The level of out­put sharp­en­ing needed will de­pend on the print­ing/dis­play tech­nol­ogy, and the size of the print or screen im­age, so the abil­ity to change the set­tings each time you ex­port an im­age is a big ad­van­tage. You can save dif­fer­ent sharp­en­ing pre­sets for dif­fer­ent jobs.

Cap­ture NX-D’s Un­sharp Mask panel also has a Ra­dius slider, but where Pho­to­shop mea­sures Ra­dius in terms of pix­els, Cap­ture NX-D mea­sures it by per­cent­age. In Pho­to­shop you have to fac­tor in dif­fer­ent cam­era res­o­lu­tions, so for a given print size, a D90’s 12-megapixel im­age will need a dif­fer­ent Ra­dius value to a D810’s 36-megapixel im­age. But in Cap­ture NX-D Ra­dius is re­lated to the out­put size of the im­age, which is more log­i­cal for ‘out­put’ sharp­en­ing.

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