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PhotoKit SHARPENER provides a complete image "Sharpening Workflow". From capture to output, PhotoKit SHARPENER intelligently produces the optimum sharpness on any image, from any source, reproduced on any output device. But PhotoKit SHARPENER also provides the creative controls to address the requirements of individual images and the individual tastes of users.
Submitted by Canonman a Expert
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2007
Strengths: Total flexibility of sharpening process
Can be used as a Photoshop plug in
Uses layers so doesn't affect original image
Weaknesses: File sizes can get huge!
A bit of a resource hog, needs plenty of RAM (min 1gb) and a fast(ish) chip to go quickly.
This application comes either as a stand alone or a Photoshop plug in. I've only used the plug-in version. It works by breaking the sharpening process down into three stages - capture sharpening, creative sharpening and output sharpening. The capture and output stages are adjustable to conform with the method of capture, output device and print resolution. The creative stage employs several different sharpeining techniques which you can choose depending on suitability to the image. I recommend you check Pixel Genius' website for a fuller description.
However I can confirm that the application works extremely well. Because it untilises Photoshop's layers, it does not permanently alter the original image and you can try out various types of creative sharpening at the same time to compare the effects and choose the best one for your image. Another great advantage is that you have the option to use the brush tool to 'paint' sharpness onto specific areas of an image.
The learning curve is maybe a little steep and so this is really an application for advanced amateurs/pros. However, if you know your way around Photoshop and its layers, then Photokit Sharpener gives a far superior result than just using the USM filter and is a very worthwhile investment. For what it does, it's a bargain!
Duration Product Used: 21+ years
Price Paid: $99.00
Purchased At: Pixel Genius
Similar Products Used: Photoshop's USM filter.
Type of photography: Outdoor
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