A Basic Primer On Aperture Edge Sharpening

by Scott Bourne

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With the latest version of Aperture, Apple has given us more sharpening options. The new adjustment called EDGE SHARPEN gives photographers significantly more control than was available using the standard SHARPEN adjustment.

With Edge Sharpen, only the edges are impacted. This is important because there are times when sharpening an entire image just isn't required. Who needs a sharp sky?

The main value of Edge Sharpen is that if applied properly, you can sharpen without creating noise.

4 Comments

Mike E
2006-12-05 09:37:38
Recommendation of .04 to .07 on what? My defaults for edge sharpening seem to be Intensity .81, Edges .22 and Falloff .69 for a Canon 1DMkII -- does it vary by camera or are you talking about a different starting point and range?
Scott Bourne
2006-12-05 09:48:49
The amount of edge sharpening required varies by camera, by image, by image use and by taste, just to name some possibilities. Apple's recommended STARTING point for the falloff slider is .40 and .70 sorry for the typo above. Your setting of .69 would be within the recommended starting point. But at the end of the day, if you like what you see, those numbers mean nothing.


I'll correct the entry to reflect the accurate numbers.

Mike E
2006-12-05 11:26:51
OK, now I am with you. No problem on the typo, I just could not find a setting that was close to 0anything. And since I am pretty happy with the way my images look I was trying to figure out what I was missing. BTW, appreciate your insights Scott.
Heath Clayton
2006-12-07 12:25:25
Is there a way to have Edge Sharpening come up in the HUD everytime? Right now I have to click the + at the top of the HUD or hit Ctrl-S.