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Sharpening In Lightroom 5  
User currently offlineevall95 From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 309 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5417 times:

Hi all,

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?


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User currently offlineothic From Sweden, joined Jun 2007, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5329 times:

I've been using LR since Lr 3 and I us amount 85 radius 1 detail 25 masking 0 quite successfully

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User currently offlineRCoulter From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5308 times:

I generally use:

Amount: 25-35
Radius: 0.5-1.1
Detail: 100
Masking: 0

User currently offlineangad84 From India, joined Nov 2012, 1790 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5246 times:

First, I should mention my Lightroom 4 defaults:

Amount: 25
Radius: 1.0
Detail: 25
Masking: 0

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
Masking: 10-20

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.

Hope this helps


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