When people ask me what I use for sharpening I answer:
More often Fractal Sharpening.
Here is the story:
About five minutes after I published the review on PhotoKit
SHARPENER (provides an excellent sharpening workflow)
I got an email from Noel about his Fractal sharpening. Because
I read many postings by Noel in different news groups I gave it
a shot and got hooked.
Let me start with the downsides of his method:
- You need a version of Genuine Fractals (that is not cheap, I hope
Noel comes up soon with a PS CS only action)
- It is very, very slow (mainly because GF is slow)
- Needs lot's of memory
The fact that I do not stop here might tell you something. We think
Noel's actions are even worth this hassle.
In principal Noel uses a well known technique but refined it in his
actions. You upsize an image and use strong sharpening, then you downsize
in steps to the original size. The use of Genuine Fractals seems to
get smoother results.