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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6335 posts, RR: 39
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7366 times:

What is the best free sharpening program available? Some say that Adobe Photoshop is. Can anyone help me?


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User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7348 times:

Adobe Photoshop is far from free!

If funds are an issue I'd suggest you give Paint Shop Pro a whirl...

Rez
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User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5609 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7342 times:
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NZ107

Photoshop can certainly do the job but is a LONG way from free!!

What editing application do you use, most have some sharpening capability.

There are other products such as Focal Blade or CSpro from fredmiranda.com

Check some of the photography sites, likely to get more answers

Regards

Chris

[Edited 2005-07-20 12:23:51]


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User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5568 posts, RR: 64
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7323 times:
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Hi all

Agree with Rez.

I've used various software over the years and while I have to say PSP (owned by Corel now?) is one of the best low cost options available.

Their sharpening tools are really great.

Regards

Gary


User currently offlineAndy777 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 34 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days ago) and read 7291 times:

Hi

I use Photoshop Elements 3 and that is pretty good for sharpening and is around the same price as PSP.

Andy


User currently offlineGary2880 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7267 times:

i use arcsoft photo studio2000, came free with my scanner i think, or printer, not sure if you`ll be able to pick it up anywhere but great software does everything i could want it to do  Smile

User currently offlineFlyfisher1976 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7237 times:
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Surprised that no one has mentioned Neat Image. I would highly recommend this program. Although the freeware version is limited it will allow you to process an unlimited number of photos for noise reduction and sharpening. I use the plugin version of this program in conjunction with Photoshop to process all of my photos...Highly Recommended. Download the free version of this program and try it out...you won't be disappointed.

User currently offlineUSAF6986 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 35 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7230 times:

I am ashamed that nobody has mentioned GIMP, it has all of the features Photoshop, but it is free, it uses the same algorythms.

User currently offlineGPHOTO From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 827 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 7165 times:
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If you need a freeware editing tool, try XnView.

http://www.xnview.com/

It is a file viewer with some basic editing facilities, certainly better than a lot of stuff given away with cameras and scanners. I used to use this exclusively until I could purchase Photoshop Elements 3.0. Xnview has a useful Enhance Detail option which sharpens and generally improves the appearance of your photo (no options, it just does what it does). If that doesn't work out it has a seperate Sharpen function, where you can control the amount (but nothing else). It will get you started for free as it also has crop, colour, hue, light level controls, etc. etc. Pretty basic, but generally useful and it is free! One thing it cannot do is rotate an image very well, I had to use a free program with my scanner to do that.

Best regards,

Jim



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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6335 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7126 times:

Oops, my bad... Sorry guys..
I just take too much for granted. Yeah, I found out that they had come with scanners from work so I've re-installed all of that.

Thanks for all of your help, it's much appreciated!

NZ107



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User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7104 times:

Quoting Flyfisher1976 (Reply 6):
Surprised that no one has mentioned Neat Image. I would highly recommend this program. Although the freeware version is limited it will allow you to process an unlimited number of photos for noise reduction and sharpening.

A problem with the free version of Neat Image is that you can't control how it saves. Processed images get saved as a jpeg with quite a bit of compression (typical file size 100k), meaning you can't do any further processing and chances of acceptance at a.net are affected.



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User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7044 times:

Quoting Flyfisher1976 (Reply 6):
I use the plugin version of this program in conjunction with Photoshop to process all of my photos...Highly Recommended.

I strongly disagree! I think neatimage messes with the picture too much. I would only consider using this with night shots, or shots where you were forced to shoot with a high ISO to reduce grain. Any day time shots with ISO of 100/200 or so shouldn't really require the use of neatimage.

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User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2035 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7043 times:

Elements & PSP are inexpensive and have good sharpening tools. I used elements (2.0 came with my camera) for a long time and really got to like it.

Cheers


James



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