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Category: Sharpener Pro
Sharpener Pro is part of the free Google Nik Collection, but unlike most of the other plug-ins in this suite it’s designed for everyday image enhancement rather than creative image effects.
Specifically, it’s designed to offer a detailed and scientific approach to sharpening. It splits sharpening into its three component parts: capture sharpening, creative sharpening and output sharpening.
- Capture sharpening is used to overcome any slight softness in the image captured by the camera or its lens.
- Creative sharpening is where you sharpen some parts of the picture and blur others to make your main subject stand out – though Sharpener Pro doesn’t have any blur tools, so its value here is limited.
- Output sharpening is where you sharpen the image in a way that will make it look as crisp as possible on your chosen output device – and this is different for screen display, prints and magazine use.