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Sharpening In Lightroom 5

Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:04 pm

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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RE: Sharpening In Lightroom 5

Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:36 pm

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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RE: Sharpening In Lightroom 5

Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:25 pm

I generally use:

Amount: 25-35
Radius: 0.5-1.1
Detail: 100
Masking: 0
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RE: Sharpening In Lightroom 5

Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:18 pm

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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