Nik Sharpener Pro

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I have a very dear friend who has become a quite famous nature photographer. He once explained that the art of photography did not just consist in taking the picture, but also in its development. I had thought that with his photographs, their fantastic qualities consisted in his remarkable eye for beauty and his superb camera equipment. However he explained that in addition to the photographers equipment and eye, the development of the film, and the way that this was done was essential to the quality of the photo. To have the right amount of color and sharpness in an image took hours in development for the second it took to snap the picture.

He incidentally would not touch a digital camera and only because of our friendship would he tolerate my digital camera around him at all. And alas, until recently his point was well taken…the point being for him that digital photography was not real photography but merely the toys of weekend snappers. Things have improved since this discussion last year.

The quality of the cameras has improved–in many ways beginning to come up to the quality of a “regular” photograph. Though he would not be convinced as of yet, I am convinced, and many other professional photographers are at least carrying a digital camera, and some, have even gone exclusively to them (not many…but a few). The real innovations in photography these days are in the digital field. But that also is true of the development end of the photograph. nik Multimedia is one company that has the professional photographer in mind with its software–considering in its development the clarity, colors, detail, and characteristics of the digital image with the end of protecting and bringing forth the original photographic qualities of what the photographer actually saw through the lens and envisioned in print. 

The print is what makes up the final copy of the image so it has to be of top notch quality so that it would make the final picture look good and happening as adobe photoshop mac free is quite an easy option to utilize in current times without compromising on the quality aspect.

 nik Sharpener Pro! is designed to optimize prints for all types of printers, including small, medium, and large format printers. The software makes use of a sharpening process that analyzes a digital image to determine how it can be optimally sharpened without losing the beauty of the shot.. To do so, nik Sharpener Pro! filter considers the clarity of the image, the level of detail, the colors in the image and its overall characteristics in order to protect these image components and maintain an image’s original photographic qualities. Lets begin with this photo that I took recently of a rose. Please take note that it is not fully in focus: The plug-in filter for Photoshop and the other photo-editing programs, is designed to give an optimal yet refined sharpening for each photo on its individual characteristics. After bringing up the picture you choose, in this case of the rose, you begin to use the filter by first stating your designated printer, in my case it happens to be an inkjet, but it may be a color laser, an offset printer, or the photo may not be printed at all but sharpened for use on the internet:

The next menu that appears after you choose your printer is the sharpening menu with some quite exacting choices. If one chooses the Autoscan feature for the inkjet printer, the process is set to analyze the photo, consider the colors, its amount of detail, resolution and the overall quality of the image. Note that at the bottom of the screen below, the details of the image and its results if you choose “OK” are present. The autoscan feature begins the process that you finish as you give the width and height you wish the image printed at, the dpi of the printer itself, the quality of the printer, the distance from which you will be viewing the image and a three level personal profile that also gives a greater or lesser degree of sharpening to the finished image: Here is the finished result. The petals and the greenery are more defined, but truly they still look quite refined, only having taken a degree of the blurriness out of the picture. Scroll up and look at the original image and the improvement made with this one and the way that the image is protected to the extent that its photographic quality is maintained.

The end result is a natural look to the enhanced digital photograph. You can also do all of the manipulation yourself if you choose not to use the “Autoscan” feature. At the bottom of the settings for the filter is a warning system that accesses whether the overall clarity of the image or the resolution will print well using the parameters that have been chosen. This tells us whether we should enlarge the image or scale it down some. In the above using the “Autoscan” feature, I was told that the image would print “blurry”, but when I adjusted some of the features manually below, there were no warning. This is quite helpful in getting the image just right on the printed page: You might scroll up and see the difference between the original rose, the “Autoscan” rose, and this final rose which I manually set the parameters for. Finally, let me put two pictures right after one another so that you can again see how improved the sharpening feature is without causing the picture to look distorted. Note as well how much more defined the wood chips around the roses are in the second photo: This is an excellent program for the professional and the weekend digital photographer that who, through the right use of this “sharpening” filter, attempts to get his photo “just right!”

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