Lightroom sharpening parameters


Link Posted 24/09/2014 - 09:47
Hi all,

I use Lightroom software to process and edit my RAW images. I usually only view my resultant JPEGs on my desktop HD screen and whilst they look OK I noticed yesterday that when zooming in, the JPEGs show symptoms of oversharpening.

My default parameters are :

Amount = 90, Radius 0.6, Detail 55, Masking 20

I would be interested to hear what others use as defaults, particularly those of you who favour pin-sharp outputs, as is my preference.

Many thanks
Best regards


Link Posted 24/09/2014 - 09:55
I would tend to mask a lot more than that otherwise you tend to sharpen the whole image rather than the main areas in focus. I generally mask 80% or more. I've also tended to leave detail at the default 25 and use a slightly higher radius nearer to 1.

The K3 and K5iis will need very little sharpening if any.

Hold the 'alt' key down whilst masking to see the effect its having.


Last Edited by carmagw on 24/09/2014 - 09:58


Link Posted 24/09/2014 - 11:47
I rarely up the sharpening beyond 35, and use a radius around 1.

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Link Posted 24/09/2014 - 12:09
I find somewhere in the range 30-35-40 is usually enough, radius 1.


Link Posted 24/09/2014 - 14:40
So resume:

Amouunt = 30 - 40
Radius = 1
Mask = 80
Detail = 25

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