July 05, 2013

Quick tour: Smart Sharpen in Photoshop CC

I know, I know—everyone will keep using Unsharp Mask until the end of time, but for those wanting something better, Zorana Gee gives a one-minute tour of the newly enhanced Smart Sharpen:

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Posted by John Nack at 8:03 AM on July 05, 2013


  • RHernandez — 11:07 AM on July 05, 2013

    John, we might have to keep using CS6 unless you guys fix the pay-or-die CC policies.

    • Salvador Castelo — 12:20 PM on July 05, 2013


    • Daniel Swanson — 8:26 PM on July 05, 2013

      How long can you hold your breath?

      • RHernandez — 10:07 PM on July 06, 2013

        A looooooong time. It’ll be a cold day in hell before I rent software that has no exit strategy.

        I have CS6 (and in the future, if need be, Parallels to run a legacy OS with CS6).

  • Roberto Blake — 12:28 PM on July 05, 2013

    I’m actually moving away from unsharp mask completely in favor of the new smart sharpen for my mask based photo retouching workflow.

    Some people have been complaining (whining) about incremental upgrades for Adobe Photoshop not being anything special (and I’m betting they will still defend their iPhone/iPad upgrade tooth an nail), but I have to firmly disagree, especially regarding Photoshop CC.

    The new tools are amazing and provide a much better overall workflow.

    • RHernandez — 8:38 AM on July 06, 2013

      I don’t disagree that the new tools are “amazing”. What is amazing is the fact that Adobe has instituted a policy by where should any of their customers stop paying, they loose access to their files.

      While I can kind of see what you were trying to get at with your iPhone comparison, the point is moot with the simple fact that you can choose to upgrade your phone when you see fit. Just like you used to be able to judge if a CS upgrade was worth it or not. A better comparison would be to compare purchasing or leasing cars. I prefer to have something at the end of the day rather than nothing…

      • Andrew Phang — 8:20 AM on July 07, 2013

        RHernandez, if you read Roberto Blake’s post again carefully, I believe you’ll realize that you’ve misunderstood what he meant. He wasn’t talking about people whining about the new CC policies, but that people were whining about Photoshop’s past upgrades being lackluster.

      • Kerry Maxwell — 12:51 PM on August 15, 2013

        You DO NOT lose access to your files if you stop paying. http://www.adobe.com/lu_en/products/creativecloud/faq.html

        • Rick Popham — 3:51 PM on August 15, 2013

          >You DO NOT lose access to your files if you stop paying.<

          How do you define "access"? If you stop paying Adobe, yes, you still have all your files. You can copy them; you can back them up; you can see them on your hard drive.

          Can you do anything productive with them? No. If you have a perpetual version you'll probably be able to work with them to a degree — if you've saved them to be compatible with an earlier version. If you've subscribed to the Cloud as new customer, with no previous versions to fall back on, then you'll have to keep paying the subscription or you WILL lose "access" (as I define it) to your files.

          Adobe has said they will address this issue and that they're "listening". But I'm beginning to suspect that they're waiting to see if they really HAVE to do something, or if enough new customers come to the Cloud that they can just ignore this issue.

  • Steve Drury — 10:51 AM on July 06, 2013

    I have updated from CS6 to photoshop CC and I love the new Shake Reduction. this is a game changer, my question is why would I use smart sharpen when Shake Reduction works great. do i use both together?

    • Zorana Gee — 5:59 PM on July 09, 2013

      Shake Reduction is to remove blur caused by subtle shaking of your camera. Smart Sharpen is about sharpening the existing pixels (2D blurs) – no analysis of image or how the blur happened. They do actually work quite well together. Start with Shake Reduction as it requires the most original data in order to fine the blur trace and then use Smart Sharpen.

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