PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 new features highlights.

A - The new dialog window in PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 now includes a preview button that allows seeing a preview of the selected sharpening effect. The preview will only be accurate when the preview window is zoomed into 100%.

B - The cursor inside of the preview window shows the area of the image that will be zoomed in when you click the mouse.

C - New to PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 (but previously available in PhotoKit Color 2) is the ability to have effects with multiple layers and layer groups returned as a single pixel layer. This feature can help keep file sizes down although it it does eliminate the flexibility of individual layer adjustments after an effect has been applied.

D - The Create Layer Mask options allow all PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 effects to be brushed in or out depending on the Hide or Show effect options.

E - The Show Batch Options allow stacking multiple effects to be run one after the other. So if you have a common capture, creative and output sharpening series you use, you can add those effects to a batch list. The batch list can be saved and loaded.


PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 Toolbox Modules

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 still has the familiar set of three sharpening modules; Capture Sharpening for an initial gentle sharpening for digital captures or film scans, Creative Sharpening for adding additional sharpening (or smoothing) for effect and the final stage of Output Sharpening.

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 has added a new feature–Auto Edge Sharpen–which is an image adaptive edge detection algorithm that can determine an optional edge sharpening capture sharpening. Many users of the original PhotoKit Sharpener had a difficult time understanding what edge width should be used on some images. PixelGenius was determined to make this stage as easy as possible so we designed this new auto-edge detection to be optimal for most images. There may still be times when users will want to use the manually selected effects so we kept those in as well. All of the effects have been updated.

The Set options for the PhotoKit Creative Sharpener 2 shown above.

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 has added a variety of additional creative sharpening effects and a whole new way of using using them. See the listing above. The PhotoKit Sharpener 2 manual will explain all of the effects available.


PhotoKit Output Sharpener 2 has added the ability to automatically select the correct inkjet output sharpening based on the resolution of your file. All you need to do is select Glossy or Matte based on the media you are printing to. In addition, a new feature allows you to resize (but not resample) to get the final print size output you need. The PhotoKit Output Sharpener 2 will resize your image and then apply the correct sharpening after the resize. Note, this is a resize operation not a resampling so your pixel dimension will remain the same. In the example above right the print size has been changed to a Width of 20 inches. The resolution ends up at 280.8 PPI but the correct sharpening will still be applied automatically.

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 Toolbox Preview


PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 now has a preview! The sharpening effect will be shown in the full thumbnail version but the only way to accurately judge the effect is to zoom into the image at a 100% zoom view. The cursor (left) shows a box that represents the area of the image that can be previewed at 100%. Clicking on the image thumbnail will zoom to that area as shown on the right. To preview a different area, the cursor changes to a zoom out tool so you can select a different area to preview. To see the before version of the figure on the right, roll your mouse over the image.

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 Merge Results Option

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 lets you Merge Results of the sharpening effects to a single pixel layer. This can reduce the resulting file size, however, you will lose a degree of flexibility because the individual layers will no longer be editable.

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 Create Layer Mask Option

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 gives you the ability for any PhotoKit Sharpener 2 effect to have a layer mask which allows brushing an effect in or out. We've allowed you to decide whether you want to brush an effect in (with Hide Effect) or out (with Show Effect).

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 Batch Options

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 offers users the ability to select multiple effects to add into a batch list. Clicking on the Batch checkbox expands the dialog window exposing the Batch options. To add an effect, select the desired Module, Set and Effect and click on the Add button. This adds the effect into the Batch list as shown below.

In the figure above, three seperate effects have been added to the Batch list. These three effects will be applied consecutively in a single process. If you have a list of effects you will run often, you can save the list and load it again later.

The figure above left shows the Save Batch Set dialog that allows naming the batch list. The figure above right shows the Load/Delete Batch Sets dialog.


The figure above left shows the result of running the High Res Batch list. You'll see all of the individual layers and layer groups. The figure above right shows the result of running the same batch list but with the option to Merge Results into a single pixel layer.

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