is yet a new sharpening plugin. We think it is a nice tool if you want
to pull out more detail and/or want to sharpen selectively.
Focus Fixer by Fixer Labs
The use of Focus Fixer is actually pretty
simple. The only danger we see is that you can easily over sharpen
the result. That is why we use Focus Fixer on a different layer.
Here is a sample session on an image
with lots of fine details:
Fish Bone Gravel
(Canon 1Ds + Canon 100mm Macro)
Here is a detail crop before the use
of Focus Fixer:
just slightly sharpened in the raw converter
and the resulting image after sharpening:
after using Focus Fixer
As you can see a nice result. We used
the settings shown in our screen shot. Focus Fixer claims to use some
info from the camera and lens if it can detect the info from EXIF
information. We have no idea how much this contributes to the really
Our image has one problem area in terms
of DOF (depth of field) as the DOF with a Macro lens is always very
Soft due to lack of DOF
Here is what we do. We select an area:
Feather it (20-30 in this case) and
save the selection. Now we sharpen again much stronger with Focus Fixer
in yet a new layer and apply the selection as a layer mask (if you
more about layers and layer masks check out our DOP2000 e-book).
As a result we have only sharpened the
stronger sharpened area
Although this is a technique you can
use with other sharpening tools too we find that Focus Fixer does a
very nice job to correct out of focus segments of your photos.
Focus Fixer is working somehow slow but
worth the wait.
Because we like the result we are now
also an affiliate of Fixer Labs. You can buy Focus