|Quoting Kaphias (Reply 8):|
Curious about this: I've always resized then sharpened as my last two steps, as the editing guide recommends I believe.
I'm not suggesting you can't get good results working any other way - if it works for you go with it. But my philosophy is that every edit in Photoshop (or lighroom for that matter) is fundamentally destructive - yes, I know you can use layers and change your mind.
Each step in the editing process throws away a certain amount of data, or at least alters it irrecoverably. Theoretically
the order you do things should take into account how each step might influence the next. Personally I like to do some intial editing (colour balance, contrast, noise reduction, leveling) in raw conversion as provides the full data of the RAW file. I;d adjust curves and sharpen here as well except it doesn't have the flexibility of these tasks in PS
Once in PS
, I go curves -> sharpen -> resize. If for example you sharpen before curves, you are altering the edge contrast significantly which greatly limits what you can do with curves without getting unwanted effects.
It is of course possible that after resizing you may find the sharpening needs a little adjustment - hence its probably safer to undersharpen in the intial stage until you get a feel for what settings will work.
Any dust spotting or similar, I do after sharpening (as this helps reveal any issues) but before resizing.
But let me stress - this is one of many ways of achieving a similar end result. If you don't have issues with what you do, stick with what works. If you are having issues, might be worth a try.
Colin K. Work, Pixstel