We run the Digital High-Res Sharpen with Narrow Edges
and get the following layer structure:
Different from PhotoKit sharpening we get more flexible
layers. There is a layer set having two layers:
- Dark Contour
As we mentioned sharpening is enhancing contrast and PhotoKit SHARPENER
has the light side of the edges in one layer and the dark side in
second one. Also note that both layers are created with a default opacity
of 66%. What does it mean? You can turn the opacity up and improve
or down and smoothen the contrast. You can also control the black/white
contour at different levels (one up and the other down).
Note: Of course you can also change the opacity of
the full sharpening layer set.
But there is even more to it. Both layers come with settings for blending
Blending Options for the Light Contour
These blending options ensure that sharpening
is not performed in the extreme highlights and shadows and rather focuses
on the mid-tones. I recommend not to touch these settings as they are
the result of some extensive research.
Here is a result:
It is probably easy to understand that this tool is flexible and powerful.
But some might think it is also complex. Don't worry too much:
1. The defaults do a rather good job
2. Once you like some settings, create an action and use it.