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Comprehensive guide to the why and how of sharpening
on 25 October 2009
I bought this book because I want to know the why as well as the how of sharpening. This book covers both very well. One warning: there may be a bit too much theory early on for some; the good news is that you can dive straight in to Chapters 3 to 6 to get the techniques. If you do skip the first two chapters, you'll probably want to come back to them later on. If nothing else, you'll want to find out why the authors are so convinced that 3-stage sharpening is (currently) the best approach.
The authors have gone to great lengths to try to illustrate how different sharpening tools affect the final printed images. This is extremely hard because of the limitations of the CMYK printing processes used in book production but they have succeeded admirably.
The book explains, in passing, exactly what the 'blend if' options for Photoshop layers do. This is a feature that baffles many.
Chapters 4 and 5 give you the information to make tailored sharpening tools for your work. You learn, in passing, the way that the highly-regarded PixelGenius output sharpening tools are constructed.
If you are concerned about getting the best prints from your work, this book is near essential and if you don't shoot raw now, you may well do after reading it.
Jeff Schewe has done a splendid job of the second edition of the late Bruce Fraser's original.