Nik Sharpener Pro

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Sharpening an image enhances the overall visual impression of that image, and is an essential step in creating a good digital print. Nik Sharpener Pro 3.0 offers features and controls necessary to achieve optimal sharpness in any image. This tool simplifies the process by providing you with controls that are both easy to use and understand. Nik Software has designed Nik Sharpener Pro 3.0 as a powerful, easy to use tool that fits easily into your digital work flow, taking over the complicated process of optimal image sharpening and providing you with an application that is easy to understand and use. Nik Sharpener Pro 3.0 replaces the need for complicated and impractical sharpening methods currently available within most image editing applications, and takes into consideration all of the key elements of a printed image in order to provide you with optimal sharpening. Traditional sharpening methods, such as Unsharp Mask or High-Pass based sharpening, are not easy to use and typically ask the user to base the sharpening process on results as displayed on the monitor. While this method works well for images intended to be viewed on a monitor, it is less than adequate for other media. Effective image sharpening must take into consideration a number of variables before sharpening, from the characteristics of detail in the image, to the intended media, to the circumstances surrounding the viewer and viewing distance. Nik Sharpener Pro 3.0 identifies the key elements that comprise the image in its final form in order to produce an optimal level of sharpening.

Lightning-quick retouching

With the Last Edit feature, you can retouch your photos in a flash by re-applying the last edit setting used. With the Quick Edit option, you can now re-apply the last actions used without even having to launch the Nik Collection interface.

In this tutorial, I’m going to explain image sharpen using Nik Sharpener Pro. I’m also including two videos which demonstrate sharpening techniques in more detail. One video covers Capture Sharpening with the Nik RAW Presharpener version of Sharpener Pro. The other covers Creative and Output Sharpening using the Nik Output Sharpener.

The two videos below explain how you can achieve excellent results when sharpening photos with Nik Sharpener Pro. Be sure to what both, even if you only intend to use one of the Nik Sharpener tools.

Why Presharpener and Output Sharpener

Something that causes problems for a lot of Nik Sharpener Pro users are the two versions of the software. Why is there a RAW Presharpener and an Output Sharpener? More importantly, when to use each?

The reason for the two versions of the software is that they work differently, and you apply them at different points in the workflow. To understand this, you first need to understand the three-stage sharpening model.

Three Stage Sharpening

A common misconception about sharpening is that you apply it once, as a final stage in image processing. Whilst there’s a grain of truth in this, the advice has become distorted over time. The best way to apply sharpening is in three stages; each with a different purpose and each performed in a different way. This is the model that Nik Sharpener Pro follows.

Stage 1, Capture Sharpening

Capture Sharpening sharpens the fine detail in the image. You apply this at low levels to avoid exaggerating noise. It’s applied at the start of processing before making significant adjustment to the image, using the Nik RAW Presharpener. The aim is to remove any softness in the image resulting from the image capture. Don’t use it to make the details of the image pop, just remove any softness in the fine details.

Although you will apply a level of capture sharpening globally, you might apply additional sharpening to some areas or reduce it in others. You can see an example using the Nik Sharpener Pro RAW Presharpener in the video.

Stage 2, Creative Sharpening

In the Creative Sharpening stage, you apply sharpening selectively to enhance more important features in the photo. For example, if you were sharpening a portrait, you might apply additional sharpening to the subject’s eyes to make them more prominent. You apply creative sharpening after adjustments to improve colour, tone or add special effects. It’s used as a final step in the processing of the image.

Importantly, if you’re going to be resizing your image, it’s applied after the resizing. If you don’t, the resizing can reduce or exaggerate the sharpening effect depending on if you’re or increasing or reducing the image size.

Creative sharpening’s applied selectively, and the sharpening routines used are stronger than in Capture Sharpening. This helps to emphasise the fine details in the photo. It also helps to add a feeling of depth to the image.

You apply Capture sharpening in the Nik Sharpener Pro output sharpening module. The Nik software has combined this stage with the Output Sharpening stage discussed next. This makes sense because you apply both as a final step of image processing.

Stage 3, Output Sharpening

The Output Sharpening stage addresses any additional sharpening you might need to make the image appear at it’s best. This is easiest to understand when you consider inkjet printing. When you make a print using an inkjet, the ink sprays onto the paper and soaks into the surface. As part of this, there is some bleed or spreading of the ink which causes the image to soften. Output Sharpening addresses this softening effect.

In this video, I demonstrate both Creative and Output Sharpening using the Output Sharpener module of Nik Sharpener Pro.

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Sharpener Pro is one of the plug-ins in the DxO Nik Collection. It’s not an effects tool, but an image enhancement tool in the save vein as Dfine. Just as Dfine aims to bring a bit of control and precision to noise reduction, Sharpener Pro does the same for image sharpening.

And it does it by splitting sharpening into two steps – into two plug-ins, as a matter of fact – a RAW Presharpener and an Output Sharpener.

This is an important distinction often overlooked by photographers trying to make their pictures look as sharp as possible, because you need to sharpen images in different ways at different times. There’s ‘capture’ sharpening’, which you use to overcome any lens softness, slight blur or other weaknesses in the original picture, and then there’s ‘output sharpening’ which needs to be matched carefully to your picture’s intended use.

The RAW Presharpener covers capture sharpening and creative sharpening. It’s good at sharpening up the slight softness you see with all digital camera images at a pixel level, but it doesn’t have the radius, amount and threshold sliders of a regular Unsharp Mask tool, so it’s no good for trying to disguise more serious blur from focus errors or camera shake.

How it works

The controls are at least simple. The Adaptive Sharpening slider effectively controls the strength of the sharpening effect, while the Sharpen Areas/Sharpen Edges slider sets the balance between edge sharpening and texture sharpening. If all of this produces too much noise you can try clicking the High ISO radio button below.

You can control which areas are sharpened or protected using control points – you use a ‘plus’ (+) point to confine the sharpening to a specific area, leaving the rest of the image unaffected, and you use a ‘minus’ (-) point to remove sharpening from a specific area but leave it applied to the rest.

It has the potential to be a neat and effective way of creating differential sharpness, but the RAW Presharpener sharpening is too subtle and limited for it to be useful. Frankly, if you want a clearly visible ‘bokeh’ effect or more obvious creative blur, you’re going to use a tool like Analog Efex Pro instead.

The Output Sharpener is interesting because it matches the sharpening to the size of the image and the display or medium it will be displayed on. This is important, because the sharpening settings needed for display on a computer monitor are very different to those needed for an A4-sized print – and different again for a billboard poster.

This is because sharpening is an carefully-balanced optical illusion. It exaggerates the contrast around object edges to make them appear sharper, but at the same time this creates artefacts and edge halos which – you hope – are small enough not to be noticed. The ‘sweet spot’ for sharpening settings is different for every output device and print size. So the Output Sharpener deserves some credit for addressing this directly with drop-down menus for the output device, paper type, viewing distance and printer resolution.

Once you’ve got that right, you have sliders for Output Sharpening Strength, Structure, Local Contrast and Focus (whatever that is). These are part of a Creative Sharpening panel, which is a tad odd since most photographers would apply creative sharpening before the output stage.

The Output Sharpener is the strongest of the two tools by some margin, but even here you may prefer to use the sharpening tools in your host application instead. Besides, if you’re producing images for publication, you often need to leave the sharpening to the designer because you won’t know what size the image is being printed at or the particular foibles/requirements of the printer.

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