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10/07/2006 12:40:27 AM · #1
Hello, I am fairly new to editing and learning slowly but surley and I have few questions for you gurus out there.

I just purchace Noise Ninja and I been playing around with it and so far I really like it but I was wondering about the sharping. Do you typially use sharpen in NN? If so, to what extent? Do you usally still use unsharp as the "primary" sharpening tool and NN strictly for noise reduction?
Also, at what point in the workflow to you recommend running NN? Early or late in the process?

I understand the answers may depend on many factors such as the type of picture etc but any suggestions sure would be helpful...Thx!

10/07/2006 01:34:21 AM · #2
I usually use it right at the very end (unless I am trying to fix up some sky-then I will single out the sky and give it a once over-for my prints), and I will do it at the beginning. Mainly at the end after editing, because you may bring out more artifacts, etc while editing, plus you may smooth out something you don't want to.

I have actually been using it to sharpen my photos also. It opens at 100% and I go the the Filter part (where you can adjust the amounts of sharpening, etc.), and will leave the strength, etc at 10, then move the USM amount up to like 200 and the radius between .4 and .6, then adjust the USM amount to what I like. I will move the strength and smoothness down to preference, also, jus to where the noise I want gone is GONE. I check all over the picture in the little box...find the place I want to make sure looks right, then go from there. Looking around more after.

Sometimes I will just do a sharpening and drop the strength and smoothness down to about 3-4 (leaving contrast up at 10) for just sharpening and smoothing the USM artifact.

I still use regular USM at a very low setting to fine tune after resizing or prior to printing.
10/07/2006 01:44:29 AM · #3
I use either Noise Ninja or Neat Image as one of the first steps in my editing. That way noise is minimized so that any steps I take during editing doesn't amplify whatever was initially there making it harder to get rid of later. I don't know if that makes sense or not, but I tried... As for sharpening, I didn't even know Noise Ninja could sharpen...so I use either USM or smart sharpen to do that sort of thing.
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