evall95 From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 305 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2759 times:
I have just installed the trial version of lightroom just to see the difference with photoshop. I was just wondering if there is a rule of thumb with sharpening? For example, in photoshop I was told by a couple of members to use the settings at 300% amount, 0.2 radius and 2 threshold. Is there anything similar that usually gets the job done in lightroom?
angad84 From India, joined Nov 2012, 528 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2588 times:
First, I should mention my Lightroom 4 defaults:
My usual edits are:
Amount: varies by image, usually between 60-90
Radius: almost always left at 1.0
Detail: 25-45, usually on the low side
Two things are important to note when sharpening in LR (applies to LR3 and LR4, I haven't used earlier versions)
1. Detail and Amount are linked. If Amount is set to a low value (venting grain while sharpening. I find a Masking level of 12-16 adequate for most images, with 20 only really required for images with aggressive editing that exaggerates grain (usually happens with blue-sky photos with large contrast adjustments). With particularly soft images, going aggressive with Amount and Masking often lets you salvage an image that would otherwise have been relegated to the "also-rans" pile.