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Chapter 13. Look Sharp: Sharpening Techniques > Basic Sharpening - Pg. 371

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Maximum sharpening: I use these settings (Amount 65%, Radius 4, Threshold 3) in only two situations: (1) The photo is visibly out of focus and it needs a heavy application of sharpening to try to bring it back into focus. (2) The photo contains lots of well-defined edges (e.g., buildings, coins, cars, machinery, etc.). ©SCOTT KELBY All-purpose sharpening: This is probably my all-around favorite sharpening setting (Amount 85%, Radius 1, Threshold 4), and I use this one most of the time. It's not a "knock-you- over-the-head" type of sharpening-- maybe that's why I like it. It's subtle enough that you can apply it twice if your photo doesn't seem sharp enough the first time you run it, but once will usually do the trick. ©SCOTT KELBY Web sharpening: I use this setting (Amount 400%, Radius 0.3, Threshold 0) for Web graphics that look blurry. (When you drop the resolution from a high-res, 300-ppi photo down to 72 ppi for the Web, the photo often gets a bit blurry and soft.) If the effect seems too intense, try dropping the Amount to 200%. I also use this same setting (Amount 400%) on out-of-focus photos. It adds some noise, but I've seen it rescue photos that I would otherwise have thrown away. Continued Sharpening Techniques Chapter 13 371 ©SCOTT KELBY