Sharpening in aperture

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by snerkler, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. snerkler macrumors 6502a

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    I've recently moved from Lightroom to Aperture due to several problems I've been having with Lightroom.

    There's many things I'm not familiar with as yet, but one thing that's confusing me is all the different sharpening bricks. I have one under RAW adjustments, another showing just intensity and radius, and then Edge sharpen.

    I've looked on the Apple site and also youtube but I can't find good information on what the differences are and how to use them properly, can anyone help with this please?

    Also, in LR I can option click the masking and it outlines the edges that will be sharpened (as shown below for my wife's wedding dress), is there a similar tool in Aperture, and if so how do you use it?

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    TIA
     
  2. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000

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    This should help: Aperture RAW Fine Tuning (Including Sharpening Controls)

    Many features and functions are available through keyboard shortcuts Download PDF list here. I don't see one for this function though.

    You can also try ApertureExpert. It's a good source for information in a user forum format.

    Hope this helps.

    ~ Peter
     
  3. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks very much, I'll have a browse around on the Aperture Expert Site.

    Looking at that RAW fine Tuning it appears that Aperture automatically adjusts the image for the specific camera, and therefore I don't really need to 'mess' with it, is this right?
     
  4. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000

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    You can set a default level that is used every time an image is rendered but it can be adjusted to the specific need of an image.
     
  5. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks again. Is there a way to know what an image 'needs' or is it just done by eye or personal preference?
     
  6. swordio777 macrumors 6502

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    The amount of sharpening an image "needs" depends on the output format (is it being displayed online, printed, etc), and the final resolution of the file being used (ie – after cropping or resizing). The higher the resolution, the larger the fringe you’ll need to make it appear sharp. The personal preference comes down to how sharp you want it.

    If you’ll only display your images on a screen then judging by eye should be fine. But if you plan to print your images it could take a lot of trial & error because it’s impossible to judge how sharp the final print will be using a monitor.
     
  7. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. It's usually just for my own viewing on the Mac, iPad etc and uploading to Flickr.
     

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