Tag: Structure

Structure is a relatively new concept in image editing. It enhances detail and outlines using the same basic principles as regular sharpening but across a wider radius. It’s not designed to enhance fine detail, but shapes and outlines seen from normal viewing distances. It’s like Lightroom’s Clarity adjustment, but on a finer scale.

You can find structure adjustments in the Google Nik Collection plug-ins, DxO Optics Pro and other photo editing applications. Adding structure to an image does give it a lot more ‘bite’ without losing any key shadow or highlight detail. It works especially well for black and white images.

Pushed too far, it can create ugly edge effects and make images look a little coarse – like so many image editing adjustments it needs to be applied with a certain amount of care.



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