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Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 7:07 am

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.
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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 7:18 am

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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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 7:22 am

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.
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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 7:34 am

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
 
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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 7:40 am

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.
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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 8:16 am

Kenneth

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

Regards

Gary
 
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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 8:22 am

Hi Gary.

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

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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 8:27 am

Hello John,

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

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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 8:45 am

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

Sun Nov 30, 2003 8:58 am

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.

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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 10:13 am

What settings do you use for the Unsharp Mask?
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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 10:35 am

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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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 12:05 pm

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
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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 8:53 pm

Hi all

Oooops.....getting names mixed up!

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: Colin's Sharpen Tool

Sun Nov 30, 2003 10:14 pm

No probs.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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