I am still struggling with my image processing but am getting better (I hope) so I desperately need some feedback please ! My acceptance rate is still not very good, but improving. My biggest problem seems to be that I am not very good at recognising the onset of jaggies.
Adobe say that the last processing should be the USM
and that this should only be done once as the effects are different if you repeat it at different levels. A screener recently gave me a hand, probably pissed off with me, (thank you Peter) and he suggested re-sizing to 1024, then USM
200, 0.3, 0 then 200, 0.2, 0 once or twice. That works for a.net !
What has surprised me is that for USM
virtually everyone uses a threshold of 0. If that was the best setting, why have Adobe included it in all of their programmes? (Americans, please note the correct speelling)
With the threshold set at 0 everything becomes a candidate for sharpening, including grain/noise and this is contrary to Adobes recommendation.
For Digital, my 10D I now set it at 2 and for scanned slides at 7. they then stand USM
200, 0.5 or 0.6, 7 without the grain being obtrusive as it was with the threshold at 0
I did use Neat Image but have stopped doing so and have started using Smart Blur, a mere hint to soften some of my old, grainy shots, levels 3,4, 7 and I find that they will stand a touch more USM
afterwards. Probably completely wrong but it does seem to work.