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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques by Dan Ablan, Ben Willmore

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Chapter 6. Sharpening

Obviously, you failed to detect the subtle diamond pattern in my tie.

—Niles Crane, on the TV show Frasier

Almost all digital images start life looking slightly soft. Too often, they’re left that way when sent to the Web or to print. This chapter is about those very subtle details that can make the difference between a so-so image and one that pops off the page.

It’s just a fact of life that all of our capture devices (digital cameras, scanners, and so on) can’t deliver as much detail as the original image contained. (High-end drum scans are the one exception because they get sharpened during the scanning process.) Only ...

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