Nik Sharpener Pro

A significant, but often overlooked element of how we impress others with our photography is image sharpness. It used to be that your images just needed to be in focus, but this is no longer sufficient in today’s digital world. Your images need to be razor sharp and packed with detail, whether displayed on the screen or in print. Without the correct level of sharpness your work will just fail to impress and blend into a sea of mediocre photography.

Effective and correct sharpening will reveal the true beauty of your images. Fine detail will become evident, giving your photographs depth and realism. You can even use sharpness (and blurring) as a tool to control how your people examine and perceive your images. By sharpening your images properly you can add an extra dimension of interest for those viewing your photography.

But how do you go about correctly sharpening your images without adding too much? This book provides answers using Nik’s superb Sharpener Pro tools. Here you will learn:

  • A comprehensive, industrial strength sharpening workflow to achieve super sharp images with minimal problems. Learn how this is applied through the Nik tools.
  • Understand the difference between the RAW Pre-sharpener and Output Sharpener tools. Which one do you use under what circumstances? This will help you avoid confusion and possibly introducing problems through incorrect sharpening.
  • Control how your audience view your photographs using the selective blurring and sharpening techniques. Using these techniques you subconsciously control the viewers perception of your work.
  • Avoid under or over-sharpening your work by learning how to apply the correct level of sharpening for output to print or display.
  • Learn to use all the elements of the Sharpener Pro interface to make your adjustments easier and quicker.
  • Understand common sharpening problems and how to avoid them.

And there is more, all backed up by two full comprehensive case studies for which you can download hi resolution images in order to follow along.

This is a comprehensive 25,000 word guide supported by 128 illustrations. It is designed to help the beginner and intermediate level user of Nik Sharpener Pro gain maximum benefit from this tool. Use it to bring out the detail and beauty hidden in your images.

See the book on Amazon.co.uk

See the book on Amazon.com

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Nik Sharpener 3 Book Cover
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6 thoughts on “Nik Sharpener Pro

    Keith Wilson said:
    April 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Robin, quick query, I have your Kindle books for Dfine, Sharpener & Viveza (which are superb by the way). My query is, in Dfine and Viveza you advocate converting to TIFF using the ProPhoto colour space, but in Sharpener you advocate Adobe1998, is this intentional?

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      April 18, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Hi Keith,
      First off, thanks for buying my books and I’m pleased you find them useful. Either the ProPhoto or Adobe 1998 colour space will produce good results. Which is best is really down to your workflow and purpose. If you are submitting to Photo Libraries and stock agencies then the Adobe 1998 will probably be best as that’s what is required by most agencies. The largest colour space is ProPhoto and that’s the one I tend to use myself. The downside to ProPhoto is that some software and printers can’t cope with it and they will produce unusual colour shifts. Suggesting Adobe 1998 in the Sharpener book is probably an oversight on my part as I prefer ProPhoto, but using Adobe 1998 wont cause any issues.
      Hope that helps.
      Robin

        Keith Wilson said:
        April 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

        Hi Robin,

        Thanks for that. I thought that might be the case.

        Regards
        Keith

    Keith Wilson said:
    May 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Robin, another quick question. I understand that I need to resize an image to the dimensions it needs to be for it’s final usage and then use the output sharpener, after that it should NOT be resized at all. Fair enough, but that seems like a lot of work if I then need another ten copies at different sizes, particularly if it was a complicated setup with many control points etc. The question is this, would it be feasible to use Sharpener as a smart filter in PS and save the tiff that way (with the smart filter intact) and resize to any size required after that without degrading the sharpening effect? Or would the act of resizing destroy the smart filter as well?

    Regards
    Keith

      thelightweightphotographer responded:
      May 5, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Hi Keith,
      My personal workflow is to save the finished image as a PSD file and then once resized, add a new sharpening layer and save it again. I save this new copy with a changed name to indicate the image size. Your solution with the Smart Filters is much more elegant and will work. When you add the new layer and convert it to a smart filter, any changes in Sharpener Pro are retained for the future version. Resizing doesn’t seem to cause issues although in a couple of tests I just tried, I needed to rework the settings slightly but the control points all remain in place. Great solution and thanks for sharing.

        Keith Wilson said:
        May 6, 2014 at 5:41 am

        Hi Robin

        No problem. Thanks for the clarification.

        Regards
        Keith

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