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Colin's Sharpen Tool  
User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

Just wondering if anyone knew the location of Colin K Work's Photoshop action file for optimising pictures. Can't find it on the forums due to the fact I'm not a first class member.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks.

John.


John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
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User currently offlineUngoMongo From Denmark, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 146 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1893 times:

Hi,

I am sure, he doesn't use actions. He uses a plug in called: FocalBlade, which is the ultimate sharpening tool. You can find more infomation here:

http://thepluginsite.com/products/photowiz/focalblade

Regards,

Kenneth



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User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Thanks Kenneth. I am referring to a Photoshop action file he created a while back. It's not specifically sharpening it does. It does the whole lot, colours, contrast, all that.


John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1869 times:
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Kenneth

Just do a search on Colins name and the thread will appear.

On saying that, and no disrespect to Colin, I avoid these sharpening tools as every image is different. For me, the Photoshop sharpening tools are the best for my needs.

Cheers

Gary Watt


User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

Gary,
Thanks for your input. The post with the link to the download is archived on the forum, therefor, non first class members such as myself are not able to locate it.

Also, I've used the tool before and it worked well for me.



John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1844 times:
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Kenneth

Mail Colin and I'm pretty sure he will supply you with the action.

Regards

Gary


User currently offlineUngoMongo From Denmark, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 146 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

Hi Gary.

I don't need the action.  Smile I'm pretty happy with USM in Photoshop Big grin

Cheers

Kenneth



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User currently offlineTS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Hello John,

Do you mean this one?
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/42600/

Thomas
(fresh FC member Big grin)


User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

That's the one! Thanks Thomas!!! By the way Gary, I'm John.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

If you don't have FocalBlade and Color washer your missing out. They are Photoshop pluggins and are completely adjustable for each picture. Colorwasher is simply amazing.

Jeff


User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

What settings do you use for the Unsharp Mask?
Gary Chambers
Cottage Grove, MN



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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 731 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

Just saw this - a couple of things I should say or would like to clear up:

1 - My action was developed specifically for scanned film processed to A.net upload sizes (around 1024px) - the object was to optimise sharpness without running into grain problems. I wouldn't (and don't) use it for digital - my current preference is Focalblade for this.

2 - The point about pic needing individual attention - 100% agreed - my action has suggested default values - to use as a starting point - but 2 variable controls are included - 1 to adjust the sharpening, 1 to adjust smooting of non-detail areas

3 - This action isn't particularly clever - all it does is combine a number of sharpening techniques to avoid tedium.

a - edge masking (ie. selecting only those parts of the image that require sharpening)

b - channel sharpening - using the LAB mode to avoid introducing colour distortion on the edges

c - gaussian blur to smooth skies and other non detail areas.

Essentially, all it amounts to is a way of applying higher levels of USM sharpening while delaying the onset of jaggies and minimising grain.

If anyone still wants it,

http://www.soton.ac.uk/~ckw/ckwsharpen.atn

and

http://www.soton.ac.uk/~ckw/ckwsharpen.txt

Cheers,

Colin



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User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1774 times:

As I'm still struggling along with film this action is very relevent to me and all four of my pictures in the database have been edited using it.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


John Massey... Canon EOS 20D - Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM (For the moment)
User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1686 times:
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Hi all

Oooops.....getting names mixed up!

Cheers

Gary


User currently offlineSHAMROCK_107 From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1669 times:

No probs.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

John.



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